Easy Ways to Train Your Dog Not to Jump on People

Have you ever been all dressed for work, church, or special occasion only to have your dog jump on you and get your clothes all dirty, or worse, knock you down. Are you tired of having to apologize to guests as they come in when their first introduction is to your dog looking like a pogo stick as he jumps up and down on them?

There are several ways to go about fixing the dog behavior of jumping on people. You can choose one or use a combination of approaches. Whichever you choose, always remember that consistency and repetition are what make dog behavior modification work. Everyone in the family has to be on the same page with what approach you are going to use and stick with it. There is no yelling or forcefulness involved in any of this.

Dogs react as a direct result of the way we react to them.

Our dogs are very social and they get excited very easily, so when we come home, they jump up on us to greet us. So, even though we don’t like this, we, as dog owners, STILL give them some type of reinforcement. We either pet them and let them continue to jump and lick because we love our dogs! OR, we yell at them, push them off, tell them they’re bad—pick one.

Next time this happens make sure you are aware of the way you interact with your jumping dog. Learn what reinforces the behavior of jumping. Whether you are petting or yelling at your dog when they jump on you, you ARE giving that behavior attention, which reinforces the behavior. If you continue to pet or yell or whatever at your dog, the behavior will continue because you are reinforcing it. Think about it like a child having a temper tantrum.

  • Do NOT give the behavior any attention. When you come home, simply come in the door, walk past your dog, put your things down and the dog gets absolutely no attention till the jumping stops. Then and only then can you pet the dog, BUT you still must not make a big production of it as your excitement will then have the dog jumping again. If that happens, again no attention. Practice, Practice, Practice.
  • When your dog jumps up, immediately turn your back on the dog and pay no attention to the dog. Practice, Practice, Practice
  • Attach a leash to your dog and have your dog in front of you with YOUR foot on the leash high enough on the leash so that when he attempts to jump he can barely get his front paws off the ground. Talk excitedly to your dog (do NOT call his name), get him excited so he will jump. When he tries to jump, your foot on the leash prevents him from jumping and the dog self corrects.
  • Train your dog to sit, request a sit when guests come over. If you can get a good reliable sit stay, your dog can not jump when in a sit stay.

Be as comfortable with the trainer of your dog, as you are the teacher of your children. And remember, “Opportunity Barks!”


7 replies
  1. leila_admin
    leila_admin says:


    Thanks for stopping by and asking your questions. You don’t say how old your dog is now? Also if you went to the site you should have been presented with an option of filling in
    your name and email to get a free training on how to stop your dog from jumping.

    For your walking issues I suggest you enroll in a basic obedience class with your dog. Your dog will be as well behaved as the amount of work you put into his training.

  2. Danielle
    Danielle says:

    We have had our dog since he was 8 weeks, Is it too late to teach him not to jump? Also, when we walk him he rushes ahead. How do I get him to walk with me and not take me for a walk?

  3. Jim Burwell
    Jim Burwell says:

    Charles: Easiest solution is simply shut the door. If you don’t want to do that then you must catch your dog in the act the second she starts, interrupt the behavior with a “No Off” and
    give her something to do that is ok for her to do

  4. Jim Burwell
    Jim Burwell says:

    Use the leash method I describe. Do lots of set ups numerous times. Have him on leash, foot on leash and other than calling him up to jump on you
    the minute he jumps he will self correct, then praise him for sitting instead of jumping.

  5. shanda
    shanda says:

    Ok, I have one problem with this method. My dog is close to 90 lbs and it hurts when he jumps. He is very persistant and goes on for a good 45-60 min before giving in. Needless to say i get pretty scratched up! So I guess my question is, Is there another technique I could try?

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