How to Keep Your Dog from Jumping Up to Greet People


When two dogs meet, they like to sniff each other’s faces to familiarize themselves with each other’s scent. Since humans are naturally taller than their canine companions, it’s common for dogs to try to jump up on people as a way to try to reach their faces and explore their scent.

A dog who jumps up on guests is problematic for several reasons. Even if this behavior doesn’t bother you personally, your dog could knock over a child or an elderly person by jumping on them. You also want to avoid having your dog think it’s OK to jump on someone who is carrying heavy packages or holding an infant, as these situations could both result in serious injury.

To train your dog to greet people while keeping his or her front paws on the floor, here’s what you can do:

 When you enter your home, do not pet or otherwise greet your dog unless her front feet are on the floor.
 If your dog jumps, stand still and look straight ahead with your arms and hands on your chest. Do not look at your dog until she’s stopped jumping.
 When your dog behaves properly, immediately reward her with attention or a small treat such as a mini bites training treat from Max & Ruffy’s.
 Once you’ve successfully taught your dog how to greet you, ask a few friends to come over to help you teach your dog how to greet guests. Use positive reinforcement, including training treats from Max & Ruffy’s, for this task as well.

If you are struggling to teach your dog not to jump up when greeting people, you may want to enlist the services of a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT). A trainer can provide more detailed instructions and work to overcome any additional behavior issues your dog may have.

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Treats can provide a great incentive when you’re training your dog to master skills like how to greet people without jumping. Max & Ruffy’s treats are made with 100% percent organic, human-grade ingredients and come in a variety of tasty flavors designed to appeal to your dog’s taste buds. Unlike many other types of pet treats, they also offer added nutritional benefits to promote your dog’s overall health and wellbeing.

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