Training a Dog Not to Jump

December 14, 2010

A dog jumping up on a woman.My dog Daisy is part Jack Russel and part Feist. She is hyper, wets the floor when she gets excited (it doesn't take much to excite her, we refer to her as the simple mind), jumps on everybody that comes in the door, has to lick everyone and would sit in everybody's lap if they would let her.


I have had Daisy for three and a half years. My mom and dad adopted her from the pound for me after my divorce. My husband had left me after 17 years of marriage and I needed someone to love me. Daisy definitely fit the bill. She knows when I am upset, and when I cry she acts like it breaks her heart.

She came from an abused home so disciplining her has been a challenge and I am not a strong disciplinarian. I realize that she can be annoying to other people, so when I have visitors I have learned to hand out flyswatters to everyone when they come in the door if they don't want a dog to pester them to death. They don't have to use them, just holding them is enough. I thought I would pass this tip on to others who might have the same problem.

By Lisa from Cullman, AL

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November 27, 2011

My two dogs were really bad about jumping on anyone who walked in the door. It didn't matter who it was, strangers, friends, or family.


They weren't choosy. They were also bad about barking and not quieting down whenever someone knocked on the door.

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Catherine Forman
April 16, 2006

Jumping up on family or on strangers, is a very common complaint among dog owners. So why do dogs jump up? Part of it has to do with inherited pack behaviors. When wolves return to the pack after hunting, the lower pack members lick their faces in greeting.

dog jumping up on man's leg

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January 25, 2013

Dog on leash.I have a 1 year old Husky and German Shepherd mix named Shadow. He jumps on everyone and won't stop, he also humps everyone. When I go to give him a treat he like snaps and almost takes my hand off. When anyone goes to pet him he bites their hands and won't let anyone pet him. He doesn't like strangers and he's mean to strangers. Why does he do this? And how do I get him to stop?

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January 26, 20130 found this helpful

I would start with this article: The Power of Training a Dog with Markers or Clickers.

Also, when you give him a treat, it should be when he is calm and bored and when you are training this dog, a small quiet word of praise such as "yes" will work better than getting all excited and getting hyper.


As far as the treat goes, roll the treat up in your hand and when he goes to bite your hand, or mouth your hand, then bump his nose back, gently but firmly and say "take it soft". Offer it again and repeat the same thing if he takes it too rough.
He will eventually get it and understand.

He seems like he is overstimulated and he needs to be calm and not have much hyper activity around him. Give him some sort of a job, even if it is putting down a towel on the floor and throwing him a treat on it at a certain time every afternoon.

Check out for fun ways to interact with your dog, but remember that lots of dogs need quiet leadership and not a lot of talking and chatting that makes them nervous.

When a dog jumps on me, I am limber enough to bring up a knee and bump him in the chest, not firmly enough to hurt but enough to knock him off a little of his balance. Then I turn away and ignore him by walking off when he is acting snotty. They all go thru this.


Here are a lot of videos on that cover teaching not to jump up.

Hope any of this applies to your situation!

Robyn from Tennessee

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January 26, 20130 found this helpful

I found this video that looks like a lot of fun to try....

Strangers are frightening to doggies and they need to trust you will keep him from them. Sometimes shepherds and huskies have a high drive to chase so it is better to isolate them from any chance they might get into trouble chasing people like they do when they are younger.

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January 27, 20130 found this helpful

When he's coming to jump on you, step forward into "his" space and use one word consistently like "settle" while holding your hand like a traffic cop. Keep doing it, by kneeing a dog in the chest they think it's a game. Grab his mouth and hold it shut and use 1/2 words consistently again "no bite".


If he hasn't been neutered get that done, there are inexpensive clinics all over the country, ASPCA has clinics in most towns. Be consistent, not mean, consistent. He will learn, the breed, even mixed is very smart. Give treats and praise for good behavior. Even a Cheerio can be a treat. Snap him on top of his nose if he bites you when giving a treat-use another word-like -gentle.

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January 27, 20130 found this helpful

Hi, Here's a training method I've seen from dog trainer Victoria Stilwell. It helps to have other people in the room to tell you how he responds.

As you enter the room and your dog begins jumping or biting, turn your back to him and cross your arms. It may take a few moments, but he will stop when he sees you're ignoring him and not interacting whatsoever. Take a few steps away if necessary. When someone else tells you he has calmed down, turn to him and praise him verbally or with a treat. But, if he immediately begins unwanted behavior again, immediately turn around. Repeating this consistently teaches him he will get attention, praise and treats only when he is calm and friendly. Your friends and guests should do the same thing.


Ignore him and move away when he misbehaves and praise him when he's calm. If he jumps on people sitting on the couch, the person should get up and move away. Victoria is successful with this whether it's mild aggression or more advanced. She uses alot of good boy, good girl and never needs to shout.

Also, petting a dog on top of his head shows dominance by you. For a more neutral or positive response from him, approach him from the side or underneath and don't look him in the eye. He will see this as a challenge from you. Eventually when he becomes social and friendly enough, above the head petting and directly looking at him should be ok

Let us know what happens!

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May 12, 2017

I have a Cocker Spaniel and he is 5 years old. I can't get him to stop jumping on people when they come in my house. How can I train him to stay down?

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May 12, 20170 found this helpful

Ignore her when gets excited. Reward her when she behaves properly.

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May 13, 20170 found this helpful

Here is a method from

"Wait 30 seconds to 1 minute, then walk back in to calmly greet your dog. The moment your dog jumps, walk away again and close the door. Keep doing this until your dog no longer jumps, at which point you can reward him by not leaving and petting him. Try less subdued greeting with your dog and use the same approach."

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May 14, 20170 found this helpful

My son was having problems like this and while at a dog park one day, an older gentleman told him how to "cure" this. He said that a soon as your dog starts to jump, walk towards him and bend down and gently (well, a little harder) blow in his face.
I know it sounds kinda silly but, my son tried this and it really worked - for him anyway. It seems that most animals do not like anyone blowing in their face. It was more difficult making him stop jumping on children but he was successful.
Try it - nothing to lose.

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May 22, 20170 found this helpful

Most definitely: Blowing in the face sounds like it's worth a try.
One thing I do when my dogs want to jump is to put me knee up as they start to come up at the same time I sharply say "NO!" or "DOWN!". No dog likes to get a knee in the chest. Lots of times they will just simply put their feet right back down on the ground. It's sometimes hard for them to remember when their 1st impulse is to enthusiastically greet a person. Just like children, they need reminding until it is no longer a habit.

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March 11, 2018

My dog is a Chihuahua Terrier mix. I know both breeds are a bit overprotective and snippy. My dog has not "bitten" anyone, but while at home he does growl and jump on strangers with an open mouth and they feel his teeth. My roommate is mad at me and says both me and my dog are "dangerous". He takes awhile to like someone so why she keeps bringing loud strangers home, idk. There's been no evidence of any bites, scratches or bruises. It is just hearsay.

What do I do? Please help save my chu chu beans!


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March 12, 20180 found this helpful

You should reprimand your dog when she jumps. Cage her if she doesnt behave. Your friend has reason to be concerned. The dog needs to adjust to the environment, not the other way around.

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March 12, 20180 found this helpful

Do you really know if there is no evidence of a dog bite? All it takes is a scratch and someone snaps a picture with their phone. You can end up paying for medical bills, lost work time, emotional distress etc. And you may lose your dog. Dont take a chance. There are many ways to train your dog to have good manners. Do him a favor that will pay off for the rest of his life.

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April 29, 2016

So I have a 5 month old Pit Bull and I'm trying to figure out some other ways to get her to stop chewing on hands and jumping on people when she greets them. After she has greeted someone she doesn't seem to jump on them anymore. I've tried few things when she tries to chew on hands that my trainer told me to do (i.e.

if she's chewing on a hand to push it into her mouth more and saying ouch (which will work for few minutes and then she's right back at it). I did learn that she doesn't like hot sauce, but who really wants to have that on their hands all the time.

white Pit puppy


May 5, 20160 found this helpful

LOL, yeah, hot sauce on your hands 24/7. Basically, when a dog bites, you've probably been told this: never pull back your hand. That makes it a game of "keepaway hand" and the dog will only want to bite more or worse, clamp down and hang on.
Here's something you can try. Grab her butt or thigh with your other hand just hard enough to distract her attention. Then say "HEY!" or something like that. You want her looking at you. She has to pay attention to you to be trained. As soon as she looks at you, stick a chew toy in her mouth in place of the hand. You'll pretty much have to have these with you or within arm's reach.
You'll have to teach her "down" as well. Grab her butt to get her attention to you, then say "DOWN!" and point down. Make sure you're using a very firm voice and standing straight upright. If you really mean it she should sense what you mean and do it.

Dogs are domesticated animals and used to taking cues from humans that are much subtler than this. But your dog is a puppy and just needs to be trained to look at you to see how you're reacting to what she's doing and respond to you.

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February 19, 2015

My small black female toy Poodle, Lucy, that we picked up from a rescue centre a month ago keeps on biting my jumpers. The 4-year-old dog is now getting very aggressive with me. What should I do?

By Anita


February 19, 20150 found this helpful

It's typical of toy breeds to become aggressive, especially if they are rescues. This is a matter of psychology.

People have a hard time disciplining very small dogs because they're so cute. The fact that the dog is a rescue makes it harder, because you might worry that the dog was treated badly in the past.

This is a problem, however, because the inability to be stern makes you weak. Dogs are predators and sense weakness, and they attack weakness.

Discipline is not abuse, so rid yourself of fears that being stern with your dog will cause psychological harm. It won't. The dog is not a puppy or an invalid. It's an adult dog.

Cultivate a stern tone of voice and a more upright posture when dealing with these issues. The dog will know when you don't really "mean it."

Don't let the dog get away with things, such as taking food from your plate. Never chase the dog to get something back. When the dog takes something of yours, say "Drop it!"

The biting can be solved a similar way. Say "Stop it!" and hold your posture until the dog sits and puts its ears back. Make it drop the hem of your clothes. Never pull back or pull the hem away.

Make sure your dog is getting enough exercise. A four year old dog may require more play and walking time than it's getting. Just because it's small doesn't mean that it can sit in someone's lap all day. Make sure the dog has toys, but also that you play with the dog and walk it every day. Some of the aggression could be just stress from lack of activity.

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