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Why is my dog always jumping

Jumping is a self-rewarding behavior.

It is an activity that is pleasant for dogs and is a form of physical release. Young dogs play with their litter mates by jumping, chasing, biting, etc. Jumping is a way to activate a playmate and engage in a game.

It is likely that puppies view us as big puppies and not a different species. For young dogs, jumping and play biting typically go hand in hand, or mouth and paw. While it is satisfying for them, the opposite is often true for us.

Does your dog jump on others, when excited?

I’ve tried MANY training methods to get dogs to stop jumping on people when excited. The approach that I have found to be the fastest way to teach dogs to stop performing a self-rewarding behavior, is to use well-timed reprimands with the appropriate level of correction, immediately followed with the proper amount of reward.

When talking about corrections and rewards, the appropriate level is a relative term. While there can be many similarities between dogs there can also be several differences. An appropriate correction in the same situation for one dog may  be very inappropriate for another dog. A verbal reprimand may be all that is needed for a dog that is on the more sensitive side of the spectrum. Where a leash correction with an obedience collar may be more appropriate for a dog that is not
nearly as sensitive. Wherever a dog falls in this spectrum, we never want to use anything stronger than the minimum amount of correction necessary to make our communication clear. Regarding rewards, they too may vary. Praise, food, a game with a favorite toy,… are all types of rewards I commonly use while training. The rewards used should be something that the individual dog views as valuable and a suitable currency for what we are asking of the dog.

A dog’s mindset resides mostly in the moment, which is why timing is so important when communicating what we expect from them. If they are rewarded or punished after more than a few seconds have passed from the action we want to address, there is a good chance that they won’t associate the reward or punishment with what we are intending.

It has been my experience that dogs typically prefer the path of least resistance, to get what they are looking for. With consistency and good timing, it won’t take long for the dog to realize that jumping on people no longer feels good; however, greeting people without jumping does feel good. Once they realize that a more passive greeting is the only way to get your attention, then that is what they will do to get your attention.

When dogs are learning new things, the confusion often translates to stress. With well-timed corrections and rewards, the confusion and stress will be quickly transferred into confidence and excitement.

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