Puppy Jumping – Tips to Stop Your Puppy Jumping on People!

Most puppy owners have faced the upsetting situation of having your puppy jumping onto a visitor, or even a stranger. Let’s face it. Nobody likes a rude dog. Obviously the dog has no bad intention, but the guest may not know that. Does your dog humiliate you in front of company?

When people come by to visit, does he brazenly jump on them? Are you tired of the isolation and shame? Want to know how to get your dog to stop jumping on people? Also, and this should go without saying, allowing your pup to jump on a guest is just plain ill manners….

Puppy Jumping

And, let’s face it — nobody likes a rude dog!!!

Puppy Jumping – Best Ways to Stop Puppy Jumping

No matter how well intention-ed your pet may be, your guests should not have to endure an all-out assault (in my pup’s case that is an apt description) on their person(s) every time they enter your home.

This is especially true in the case of guests who have a low tolerance for creatures of the canine persuasion.   (Believe it or not, there are actually people out there who are not fond of dogs!  Go figure.)

So, what can you do about the issue of your “dog jumping on people”?

Let’s begin by examining the reasons they do it.  You don’t have to spend very much time with your pup to realize just how much dogs love humans and crave their attention.

Dogs don’t know the meaning of subtle. In fact, they’re completely “in your face” when it comes to expressing their adoration for you — slobbery, wet tongue and all! 

But they don’t reserve this honor exclusively for you — their master and meal ticket.  No. No. No …  It is a gift they’re happy to bestow upon any two-footed creature who happens to cross their domain (e.g., your front door, your back door, your patio, your sidewalk, etc., etc., etc.).

So, how do you make sure Fido has the attention he needs to prevent him from ambushing every visitor who crosses your threshold?   Here are a few tips I’ve received from dog trainers I have known throughout the years, as well as a few from experienced dog owners who have learned their lessons the hard way: by trial and error:

Don’t Accept Puppy Jumping on a Guest: Blatantly obvious yeah? Maybe, maybe not, but some pet owners confuse their puppies by allowing them to jump on them, but then punishing them for jumping on others. Painful as it may sound, the best way to curb your dog’s enthusiasm is by showing him absolutely no attention when you first walk in the door/gate.

Your pup is not likely to be able to distinguish between who he is allowed to jump on and who not. Therefore, it’s best not be allowed to jump on anyone, not even you.

Obviously, many pet owners enjoy having their puppy jumping on them when greeting each other. If you want your pup to do that then maybe it should rather be by invitation only. When you’re ready for the pup to jump on you, you should rather have a specific signal, like tap your shoulder. Then – and ONLY then – should your pup jump.

By training your pup that there is a signal to allow him to jump, your dog will still be able to greet you this way, but would not be out of order and try to jump on anyone else who comes through the gate.

Ignore your Puppy, Don’t Accept his Greetings: When your pup jumps on you most of the time it is because he wants your attention. Most puppies will be happy with this kind of attention, even if his owner don’t intend it to be positive. For this reason, the best thing to do is to ignore the pup completely.

When the puppy jumps, simply cross your arms to show your dissatisfaction and turn around. Don’t even speak.  When your pup gets down you can say “SIT”, then when sitting, pet him and say “Good sit!”.  Over time, the dog will learn that the only way to get that attention is to sit at your feet when you arrive.

Be consistent with this. You cannot pet your pup for jumping one day and then punish him the next. You must consistently ignore the bad behaviour in order to get him to stop.

Show Him Your “Alpha” Side: Another technique that was suggested in a book I recently read on dog training. (You ought to see my book shelves — they’re lined with doggie training self-help manuals of every shape and size!) When your dog jumps up on you, gently grip his paws and hold them tightly (Sounds cruel, but hold on, nothing like that).

Don’t squeeze them hard enough to hurt him, but don’t let go when he tries to pull away either.  This will let Fido know that YOU are the alpha in this relationship. Do this a few times and he will get the point!

Once he has all four paws planted firmly on terra firma and is demonstrating a modicum of calm, you can kneel down and greet him at his own level with a calm pat or a hug, and some commendation – or a treat.  (Have you ever noticed how much dogs like oral gratification?)  But the greeting should be at your bidding and without a lot of fuss.  You don’t want to get him all excited again.

Your pet will soon come to expect this type of greeting and will await your signal or acknowledgment.

Never Hit your Pup: You should never hit your pup, but this is especially so when you are teaching him. Remember, to your pup jumping is not intended as bad. He is most of the time just trying to say hello.

If his greeting is returned with hitting or punishment, it could cause your pup to be fearful and timid.

Remember, removing any type of reward (attention) for the puppy jumping is the best way to stop it.

Now Be Patient: Depending on how long you waited before you began to try and change the behaviour as well as other factors, such as your pup’s breed and background, it might take a bit longer than you’d expect to teach your pup to stop the jumping.

The key is to be patient now and to be consistent in your training. If your pup has been getting away with it for years, it is going to take a bit longer to train him to stop. Don’t give up Now.

One of the worst things to do is to stop and start the training, not being consistent enough. This will confuse the pup and make it harder to change the jumping habit in future.

If you have been trying for a bit and still cannot get your pup to stop from jumping, you may want to think about an obedience class or training.  The experts at these training classes will teach you skills that will help you further, not only to stop the puppy jumping, but with other undesirable behaviours as well.

Remember too, dogs are creatures of habit.  The above-mentioned techniques, when done over time, will get the message across to your pooch that if he wants your attention, he must give you a proper greeting.

Your friends and other guests will soon start coming back, knowing they will not be toppled like ten pins the minute they cross your threshold!  They’ll be bowled over by your pup’s exemplary behaviour.  Maybe they will even spare a minute or two to pet your dog.  (Again … my bad.)

I would be remiss if I didn’t clue you in to the primary (although not only) source of my information on dog training.  I’ve picked up numerous helpful tips on numerous subjects (including how to stop your dog from jumping on people) from dog expert, Doggy Dan, one of the very best dog trainers I have ever followed.  Doggy Dan has some very simple lessons on the various problems that come up in the on-going battle of wits between dog and owner.  His course is outstanding – and relatively inexpensive too (same as 2 coffee’s, available on line).  In it he offers suggestions you can practice with your dog at home — on your own time.

Is Puppy Jumping Bad?

This is one of those frustrating, but sometimes an easy peasy correctable dog behaviours, Puppy Jumping, getting your puppy to stop jumping on people, on your family, on guests, and on furniture. It could be very frustrating to stop puppy jumping up at strangers, we all know that.

As a little bundle of fur, there’s not a lot of harm that your puppy can do to you when he jumps up on you in excitement to see you as soon as you walk in the door. A year from now, however it could be a different story altogether.

Jumping, in a puppy, no matter what the breed, is never a good habit.  Even if your dog is a small sized breed that will probably not be able to injure you the way, say a Labrador or German Shepherd jumping on you could, he could still injure a child.  Not to mention that he can dirty your clothes and mess up your hair, when you’re all ready to go out.  Besides, your puppy can actually lose balance and fall over, injuring himself if you don’t break this habit.

Ready to Solve you’re Problems?  Do you want to learn how to stop a puppy from jumping?  Well, good.  This site will give you all the information needed for you to make an informed decision on what methods are best to employ on how to stop a puppy from jumping.

Most puppies jump for socialization, however, for some, believe it or not, can be a sign of dominance.  Usually when a puppy jumps for socialization we think that we are doing right by screaming OFF, DOWN, etc…., however, all we are doing is giving the puppy attention (the reason in the first place as to why he jumps on us).

We think we are doing the right thing by yelling a variety of commands at the dog, however, attention, even negative, is still attention and will still encourage whatever conduct may be yielding that attention (think class clown, or jealous (2) year old, get the point?)

I Don’t care how many blogs or websites on “how to make a puppy stop jumping” want to camouflage their tactics with positive reinforcement methods and the like, the truth of the matter is….if you are looking for real results, the concept is SIMPLE, make the consequence of jumping up less desirable for the puppy then the action of him jumping up on you or whatever he jumps on.

How do I stop my puppy from jumping?

To stop a 6 month old puppy jumping and biting would be a little bit easier to achieve, but sometimes people ask me, how do you break a dog from jumping up on you?

The key to breaking your pup’s jumping habit is to show him you don’t approve. Unfortunately, this is easier said than done! It’s hard not to enjoy the attention, and not feel flattered when your pup is yelping and jumping excitedly all over you! There aren’t too many humans who would get that excited when you walk in the door!

Remember, every time you smile, and pat him as he is jumping, you only establish his jumping actions as desirable and acceptable behaviour.  You might be saying “No, “no” but all he hears is praise for his jumping.

To nip this habit in the bud, ignore your pup as soon as he begins the jumping action. Turn right around, and refuse to look at him. It can be hard to do, but think of it this way. You’re preparing your pup to grow into a healthy and well-adjusted dog that’s completely accepted in society. In short, you’re doing it for his own good.

Don’t shout at him as he is jumping – he doesn’t understand what you’re saying. All he understands is that you are reacting to him and playing with him.  Shouting also doesn’t help – again, he assumes you’re playing with him.

Don’t Reward him when he’s Jumping: Reward him when he stops jumping on you by offering him a treat or praising him.  Don’t reward him when he’s in the jumping act – this is extremely important. No patting, no words, just ignore him.  Eventually, he will understand that being on all fours equals “reward” while standing on his hind legs equals “punishment.”

Ignore Your Pup When He Jumps: When your Pup has all four paws on the ground, give him all the  attention he needs and praise as often as possible. If he jumps up at any stage, totally ignore him and first wait until he calms down. Instruct all visitors everyone in the family to consistently ignore him when he jumps. If you have visitors, it might be better to keep your dog on a leash during the visit and maybe remove him if he jumps. Basically in the beginning, for anything he gets, whether it’s a meal or your attention, only give him his reward when all four paws are on the ground. Any Jumping up should end all rewards and attention, while remaining fixed on the ground accumulate all the pleasurable reinforcement a dog desires — play, attention, petting, treats etc.

Distract his Attention, Give Your Pup Something to Carry in His Mouth: For some puppies, simply distracting them with a toy or stick, something in their mouth during a greeting session will prevent them from jumping. The ideal play thing depends on the type of puppy, as some might prefer stuffed toys or balls while others like to chew on a stick. Teasers or food puzzles are another great option. Keep them near the door and distract you pup in this way when guests arrive. Basically you create a simple series of actions designed to both ignore and distract your dog from jumping all over you and your visitors.

Use the “sit” and “stay” commands to get him to stop the jumping action. He can’t jump if he is sitting.  This will take practice.  Try going out the back door and entering the house again, and practice curbing his jumping tendencies.  Of course, the “sit-stay” method will work only if these commands have been firmly established in your pup.

If you find he’s jumping on guests, practice the “sit-stay” method with them.  Have them enter the house again (you might want to try this only with your closest friends) and practice getting him to sit instead of jump.

It will take some practice, but if you keep at it, you’ll soon see your pup preferring to stay grounded on all fours, instead of flailing in the air as you walk in!

How to Get Your Dog to Stop Jumping on People? Every jumping dog owner wants the answer to” How to get your dog to stop jumping on people?”

There are many dog training methods to combat jumping, some work, some don’t, some take longer, some are immediate, some are applicable to certain puppies and dogs, as others are not, some are widely accepted to jumping dog owners, and some are not.

In your quest to learn how to stop a puppy from jumping? We introduce to you….the leash correction method.

This technique has probably been around for centuries and has most definitively passed the test of time; AFFORDABLE as compared to other methods on how to stop a puppy from jumping attracts many puppy owners to try this techniques first, as it should. Leash corrections are usually, not all the time, paired with a verbal command/cue such as the word:NO.  The leash correction (the quick, think in terms of speed, not power, jerking of a leash that is attached to a puppy’s collar, while commanding NO simultaneously give the command NO more meaning).

Puppy jumping up on People and ripping clothes

How to stop your Puppy jumping up on People and ripping clothes is something we still struggle with occasionally and this is what I found during my search for a cure!

We, unfortunately, have taught our dogs that it’s okay to jump on people from the time we pick them up to take them home.

They are just so soft and cuddly when they crawl into our laps, it’s too hard not to reward their behavior by snuggling them up and talking puppy talk to them.

By teaching them it’s okay to jump / climb on you, it’s teaching them it’s okay to jump on others as well.

Except it isn’t okay and not good dog behaviour especially when their paws are dirty and you’re wearing white. White shoes and dirty paws are the worst, aren’t they!?!

Or when you have an armful of groceries and they jump up and their toenail catches the bag and your pickles end up all over the floor…yep…happened to me!

As they grow, they still expect the same treatment as when they were puppies and you might end up with a 70 pound lap dog or two, just like I have! Yes, my 60 and 70 pound boys both lay in my lap or as close as they can get to it at the same time!

These are some ideas to help you stop this dog behaviour:

Start by teaching your dog basic commands like sit, stay and lay down. Not only does this help you establish your role as the alpha dog and using the “sit” command should stop your dog from jumping up on people.

If your dog becomes overly excited when he hears a knock on the door or the doorbell, enlist family members or friends to help in desensitizing your dog. Have as many people as possible knock on the door and enter the house one by one. Using the “sit” and “stay” command each time.

Instruct each person not to respond or give any attention to the dog if they jump up. Only when the dog is seated is he to receive any attention and then it should not be overly exciting. It’s best just to rub the dog or give a pat on the head and give soft words of praise.

As always with any dog training, being consistent is very important. Don’t let your dog off the hook at any time, it confuses him. Remain forever vigilant of the behaviour and correct it with the basic dog training commands.

As always with any dog training, being consistent is very important. Don’t let your dog off the hook at any time, it confuses him. Remain forever vigilant of the behavior and correct it with the basic dog training commands.

As always reward the good behavior. Giving a treat along with praising your dog for staying down is always the best way of letting your dog know he is being a good dog.

So, remember how to stop your dog from jumping up on people is to train your dog using basic commands, desensitize your dog if needed, stay consistent and give rewards for good behavior. Follow these steps and you and your visitors will be impressed at how well behaved your dog is.

Show Your Puppy You’re the Boss

Do you have problems at your house with who’s in charge? By that I mean, does your dog think he’s the boss? In your effort to form a stronger bond with your dog you may have inadvertently told him he’s the Leader of the Pack.

Here are 5 simple and effective ways to correct that, you need to Show your Puppy you’re the Boss.

You Must Be The Alpha Dog

First, let’s take a look at what a “pack mentality” means.  Dogs are born into packs.   In the wild, packs are the essential social order. Unlike humans, who use a variety of political processes to determine leadership and rank, dogs sort out their social order by dominance and power. In a wolf pack, there is a Top Dog – a clear leader who is the dominant, Alpha male.  He’s the Big Dog, with pride of place at the dinner table (well, if wolves had a dinner table!), first in mating, first in decision making for the pack.

Whether you realize it or not, your dog views your household as his own personal wolf pack.

The pack mentality is so ingrained in your dog’s psyche that he will either view you as a leader – or a follower – depending on your actions.  If you are to have a well-trained dog, you must establish that you are the leader, and he is the follower.

Your dog has to know in his heart that you are the Alpha Dog, the Head Honcho, the Big Dog, the Top Dog – call it whatever you want, but your dog needs to know you’re in charge. 

Dogs are a little like children in one respect – they’re looking for someone else to be the leader.  They want rules and regulations because that makes their role in the pack more clear-cut and understandable.  It’s scary being the leader.  If you’re not up to it, your dog may assume the role – because someone has to be in charge!

If that’s what’s happened at your house, you need to re-establish your position as the Top Dog, or “Leader of the Pack.”  But here’s an important note: being the leader of the pack has absolutely nothing to do with harsh punishment.  It has everything to do with consistency and setting limits.

A simple rule to remember (and one people have great difficulty keeping in mind) is that you are the leader, not your dog.

You Go Through The Door First

Even something as straightforward as who walks through the door first can reinforce your position as “dominant dog.”  Leaders lead.  Followers follow.  If you allow your dog to charge through the door ahead of you, he perceives that as asserting his dominance over you. Put your dog on the leash, and make sure you’re the first one through the door.

You Eat Before Your Dog

 Who gets fed first in your house – you or your dog?  In a wolf pack, the leader eats first, and when he is done, the rest of the pack can dine.  Do you feed your dog first because he pesters you when you’re cooking your dinner, and it’s simply more convenient to have him quiet and out of the way when you’re eating?  

Food is a powerful motivator that can be used to clearly demonstrate who is the provider at your house.  In no way, shape or form am I suggesting that you withhold food from your dog.  That’s cruel and unusual punishment any way you look at it. What I am suggesting is that you control the timing of the food.  You should eat first.  Your dog second, after you’re done with your meal.

You Don’t Walk Around Your Dog

Does your dog lie on the floor and expect you to walk around him?

In the wild, dominant dogs lie wherever they want, and dogs lower in the social order go around so they don’t disturb the Big Dog.  If you walk around your dog, he will assume this to be an act of submission on your part; therefore he must be the leader, not you.

If your dog is lying in the middle of the hallway, or right in front of your easy chair, make him move.  If he’s on the couch and you want to lie down, make him move.  Don’t step over him.  Just gently nudge him and make him get out of your way.

You’re the Big Dog, remember?

You Determine When Your Dog Gets Attention

Even asking for attention or affection can be seen as an act of dominance from your dog’s point of view.  Dogs that demand attention are asserting dominance, so if your dog gets pushy, ignore him.  When you’re ready to give him attention or affection or pet or play with him, ask him to sit first.

Don’t run after him just so you can pet him.  Make him come to you when you’re ready to give him attention, or play with him.  And when you play with a toy, make sure that you end up with possession of the toy, and then put the toy away when you’re done.  (Note:  I’m not talking about his favourite toys that you leave in his crate. I’m talking about play toys that the two of you use for games.)

You Don’t Let Your Dog Sleep In Your Bed

This is a tough one for a lot of people, but when you let your dog share your bed, at best you’re making him an equal to you.  He should have his own bed, either a dog pad or his crate that he feels comfortable in.  You can even put the dog pad next to your bed if that makes both of you happier.   But don’t let him take over the sleeping arrangements.

Before you know it, he’ll be trying to make you sleep on the floor!

Again, reinforcing or retraining your dog to recognize you as the Head Honcho has absolutely nothing to do with harsh discipline.  These are changes you can make that will change the way your dog thinks about you.  And making even small changes like these can have an enormous impact on the way your dog views the social hierarchy in your home – all without a harsh word being spoken!

Puppy Jumping on Toddler

How do I stop my puppy from jumping on kids? Stop this bad behavior… puppy jumping on toddler, if the puppy is jumping on a toddler you can work on a Sit command with your dog (start off with a leash in the beginning). It’s okay if you use treats and as you walk up to the toddler you simply instruct them, if the dog jumps you can simply take a step back, bring the dog away from the toddler, get the situation calm and bring the dog back in. You only get affection for doing something being calm or with behavior that we find acceptable.

We can’t deny that a puppy jumping on us is adorable, we have to remember that the puppy can quickly grow from 10 pounds to 50 or more. It’s better to prevent this behavior now when your puppy is still young and avoid rather dangerous situations in the future.

I know it may seem hard to understand how a dog jumping could be considered dangerous, but believe it or not more people are injured by dogs knocking them over through jumping than through biting them. So as an owner getting control of this now at an early age is going to prevent that from potentially happening to you in the future.

If you have not trained your Puppy the “Sit Command” yet, this is how you’ll be training him:

The definition of Standard Sit is… a sit that isn’t expected as automatic at the end of an exercise like in the Heel (Walk, stop, sit). A standard sit can be asked of from anywhere at any time. In this case it would be to stop your puppy jumping on toddlers in future again!

Teaching the standard sit is quite easy and simple. You use your tone of voice to encourage the dog and praise when he gets it right, and use your hands to manipulate his body into the correct position.

At this point your dog should know the basic idea of what sit is from learning the automatic sit in the heel exercise (I will link to it in future). This time, manipulate his body in the same manner as you did for the automatic sit but use the command “Sit”. You should be able to do this with him at your left or right side, or in front of you. Moving him to sit from your front can be a little bit more difficult and is actually more risky than placing him from the side.

This of course, depends on your dogs breed and temperament. For a headstrong or extremely submissive dog, I would suggest keep placing him at your side and using the command “Sit” until you’re sure he’s got the command connected with the action before trying it from the front. This is because reaching over a dogs head to push their butt down when they are in front of you can be seen, from the dog’s point of view, as a dominant gesture.

If your dog is not in the higher range of dominant/headstrong or submissive, you can try it but I first suggest using the aid of a trainer for safety reasons. If your dog has learned to connect the verbal command with the physical action already you shouldn’t even need to place his body in a sit position when in front of you

In case you do need to help guide his body into the sit position in front of you, this is how…

Place the dog in front of you, and gather the bulk of your leash into your right hand. Using this right hand, gently pull upwards a bit and over the dogs head. Keep your hand about a foot above the dogs head. If his nose does not follow your hand up and back which would cause him to automatically sit, you can use your left hand to gently push on his butt. A simple, gentle poke on the top of his hips while you raise your right hand over should do the trick and cause the dog to automatically sit. When he does sit, praise him! He’s done well! You can even tell him “Good Sit” to reinforce the command with the action being a good thing.

Puppy Jumping and Biting leash

One of the MOST important things to remember is that every dog is different and responds differently to both corrections and praise. Proper evaluation of your dog’s personality and the breed is very important.

One way puppies get rid of all the extra energy or stress is by playing, biting, tugging and jumping. When your puppy is excited, the leash becomes a transportable toy of some type. Filled with energy, fun-loving puppies with a difficult time relieving themselves when overpowered are most likely to display this behavior, but it can become an inherent routine in any puppy.

There might be many grounds causing puppies to jump, pull and chew the leash. These are the most common causes — and lets also look at different methods we can use to stop to this behavior.

Why Your Dog Chews His Leash: Most of the puppies will chew on the leash to get more attention. When your pup is walking all calm and collectively on a loose leash, you don’t always pays attention to him, but when he acts wildly and bites or chews on his leash, naturally the focus will shift to your pup. For many puppies, attention remains attention, good or bad, and that also means bad is better than no attention at all.

When puppies get over-excited, the easiest way to release some of that tension is to chew the leash. In the kennel situation, often when they are taken out of the kennel and walking with other puppies, they normally frequently grab and chew on the leash. The more excited they are, or the more stressed they become, the more likely that leash chewing will occur.

Some puppies simply prefer to carry something in their mouths; for these puppies, the leash serves as a sort of pacifier.

A stern NO and with proper timing or maybe a quick correction under the chin ( a quick tap) works very well and DOES NOT HURT YOUR DOG, it snaps him out of his mentally excited state. When executed properly, the dog never realizes it was your hand. We never want our dogs to become hand shy. There are so many ways to discourage a dog from nipping and jumping. Just never get angry nor frustrated. All dogs feel the bad energy and is actually detrimental to any training.

How to Stop a Puppy from Jumping up on Furniture

When you don’t have clear rules, your puppy may not be naughty when he jumps up on your furniture; especially if he don’t know that you don’t want him on the couch. If there is no rules the puppy will make up his own rules. Even If you’ve only invited him once on the couch, he might think he’s welcome on the couch every time. Let your puppy know what’s your house rules, in a clear and gentle manner.

Why puppies might like it to be on the furniture: Most of the time they just want to be close to you. And if you’re sitting on the couch, then the closest spot is obviously right next to you. If you’re not there he may still want to be there anyway, because the furniture smells like you. Most of the time it might also give him a view of the room that he doesn’t get from the floor. If the furniture is located near a window it may give your puppy a look of the outside.

Consistency: Important to set rules right from the beginning. Be consistent and stick to your rules at all times. Consistency is key. Everyone in the family needs to enforce this, and also help your puppy to remember them. If you allow your puppy on the furniture some times, and not others, it will confuse him, he won’t understand your rules.

The “off” command informs your puppy that you want him on the floor, not on the couch. Some people use the command “down”, while others differentiate between the commands “down” and “off”, using “off” for when their puppy jumps up on furniture, or people, and “down” for when they want their puppy to lie down on the floor. Whichever you choose, be consistent.

Say Off: To get your puppy off the furniture take him gently but firmly by his collar and say “off” while helping him down from the couch. Once he’s on the floor you can release your puppy’s collar and give him praise and also a treat. Encourage this behavior consistently, eventually giving the command in a firm voice will be enough to get him down from furniture. He will be less likely to climb up on the furniture if you provide your puppy with his own bed so he can get comfortable on the floor. Preferably keep his bed in a central area of the house, where your puppy can interact with the family and also not be lonely.

Stop Puppy Jumping at Face

Lunging and mouthing are natural ways for puppies to play with each other. This play behaviour is specifically common in puppyhood, but can continue into adulthood. Certain dog breeds are more likely to jump up toward your face, rather than focusing on the chest, side or paws as some other breeds might do.

Jumping at your face can be very dangerous, not only for you but also for other people, specifically if there is any chance that the behavior is not play. If you suspect that your pup’s behavior is aggression- or fear-related, seek professional help immediately, starting with your veterinarian.

Sometimes the pup is testing and looking to see if you’re the alpha, and the puppy can challenge you, all depends on the breed. Many people think the ‘alpha’ training model is wrong, and that you should never play the ‘alpha’ because it ‘ruins the relationship between the person and the pup. Sometimes with very big breeds, if you don’t play the ‘alpha’ role with them at all times, they will run over you the first chance they gets. A combination of size and not having a strong alpha in the house is basically a model of ‘he’s in charge’.

Therefore it’s sometimes best to set yourself up as the alpha. Control everything you can. Set schedules, and lots of them. Strong commands, from a strong alpha role model for the pup will be your salvation.

To stop the biting you provide them with something to chew on – so in giving them a “No” (as in ‘No you can’t chew on me or someone’) then provide him with a “Yes” (as in “Yes, you can chew on this treat or toy).

When they are biting you just pull your hand away and say No firmly but try not to shout. Now give him a chew treat/toy and confirm with a loud “Yes” when they start to chew on it. Something that can really help to get them to focus is to train with them using a clicker + Food treat rewards or using a confirmation word (like Yes or Good) +food treat reward. It helps them to have positive interactions, learn further using rewards, to use their mind at that young age when they are still little sponges. It’s also a great way to establish the behaviors you want from your pup.

Important to Be Patient: Depending on how long you waited before you began to try and change the behavior as well as other factors, such as your pup’s breed and background, it might take a bit longer than you’d expect to teach your pup to stop the bad behavior.

The key is to be patient now and to be consistent in your training every day. If your puppy has been getting away with it for too long, it’s going to take a bit longer to train him to stop. Don’t give up Now.

One of the worst things to do is to stop and start the training, not being consistent enough. This will confuse the pup and make it harder to change these habits.

If you have been trying for a bit and still cannot get your pup to stop from jumping, you may want to think about an obedience class or training session.  The experts at these training classes will teach you skills that will help you further, not only to stop the puppy jumping, but with other undesirable behaviors as well.

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