Dogs are known for being the most faithful animal friend to humankind. A dog can play many parts in our lives. They can be pets to house guards and they can be cute little breeds to some of the most vicious breeds in the world. No matter what breed the dog is or for what purpose you are keeping the dog it is always important to remember that proper training is crucial to creating an environmentally preferable to everyone around you. Almost every dog breed in the world has a tendency to jump up when it feels exciting. Generally, when jumping up on people is a chronic problem for a puppy, it will continue to be problematic, as he/she grows older and larger. In this post, we answer you this often-asked question ‘how do you stop a puppy from jumping up and biting’.
Why a dog jumps when excited?
The answer is simple to the question above it is the dog’s way of saying “Hello” to us. If you are a dog owner, you must have noticed that dogs sniff each other’s faces when they meet. Dogs prefer the same ritual when they want to greet a human and that is the main reason they want to reach the faces of humans and get their attention. Even though it might be a way of saying hello or show off excitement, happiness, and love, the jumping habit of the dog can often cause severe problems for the owners because the dog can jump at strangers and often at the guests. Sometimes the jump may be not limited to just a jump and the finale may be a bite to the strangers which can cause major issues in the personal life of the owner. The main problem arises when dogs try to jump on strangers in a try to tell them that they are the in charge of the household, which can often result in aggression from the dog. This behavior is considered hyperactive dog problem, which can be solved by properly training your dog. Dogs love petting from their owners and sometimes they can go to extents to get the desired affection from their owners. The reaction of the owner plays the most vital part in creating an owner, guest or stranger friendly environment around the dog.
How do you stop a puppy from jumping up and biting?
This hyperactive jumping behavior of a dog starts from when the dog is in his early ages. The puppy’s way of showing love and affection is when a puppy comes running to us and jumps on us. This habit can grow with the puppy into his adulthood and cause many different problems for owners and their guest alike. The reason for these habits to go onto the dogs’ adult life from puppyhood is that the owners often give them the required motivation to do so. Owners feel very special when a puppy or a dog comes up and jumps onto him or her. To be honest they feel very special when their puppy or a dog does that on regular basis and not seeing their pet puppy or dog, not to that kind of stuff can make an owner feel depressed. Puppies are really carefree and full of the joy of life.
To stop your puppy from jumping up and biting you will need to train your puppy from the early stages of development. The training must be in a particular way, which can actually remove the idea of jumping out of your dog’s life so that it is gone permanently. This is why prevention is the best option. To stop your puppy from jumping up, the simplest and most effective way is by practicing the simplicity of the no touch, no talk, and no eye contact rule whenever you first greet your puppy. This technique is the most effective way of teaching your dog to develop a good behavior in his older days.
Problems that can happen if your puppy grows up with a jumping habit into adulthood
If we see this problem limited to a puppy, we might notice that it does not seem much of a problem as the puppy is easily controlled even if it jumps at his owner or a stranger. Puppies are light and can be lifted very easily compared to a full-grown dog. Let us assume that an 80 to 100 pounds dog jumps at you from any direction and you are not aware of that a dog has just jumped at you. The result of a jump like that can have severe results, which can cause really bad injuries to towners or strangers alike. What will happen if you are going upstairs and your dog jumps from behind you taking you and his own body down the stairs? This type of situation can be fatal for both you and your dog. Another problem arises when the jump on the stranger can result in aggression. Your dog jumps for pleasure, which you and people who are close to you know and a normal reaction can be expected from you. But when your dog jumps on a stranger who is not used to such jumps and thinks that your dog is trying to do harm to him can provoke a reaction from the stranger which can cause aggression in your dog and potentially lead to a severe bite and sometimes injuries to the dog as well. These reasons are more than enough for a dog owner to train his dog to be polite and at rational behavior especially when in the presence of strangers.
How to stop a grown-up dog from jumping up?
If you were not able to stop the habit of jumping up in your dog and from puppyhood to a full grown dog he has grown up to be a jumping jack, you do not have to worry because there are ways in which you can teach your grown up dog to change his habits. The most basic thing to remember is that if you provide your dog affection and attention when he jumps up it would create an image of jumping as an action, which is awarded, and then the dog would tend to do it often to get the reward, which can lead to the dog jumping repeatedly. This is an encouragement problem that owners do without even realizing that they are creating a habit that would affect his or her relation on a long-term basis with the dog. The most important and basic step in tackling the jumping problem is to teach the dog to sit. When the dog jumps up to use the sit command as often as you can. This would potentially decrease the jumping off the dog as he is being discouraged every time he jumps. Another good way to do this is by raising your arm to the shoulder and your pet would sit because the movement of the arm would encourage them to move a bit backward to cope up with the movement. Another important thing to remember here is that you must ensure that everyone in the household reacts the same way to the dog’s actions. You must also tell your regular visitors to do the same as well. This consistent behavior can decrease the jumping habit from the dog dramatically as dogs do not like discouragement from owners. Another good way to teach your dog to not jump at strangers is by standing on the leash when talking to a stranger. You can ignore your dog when he jumps to create a discouragement in him about the jumping behavior. Dogs learn quick and this reaction from the owner can provide a learning opportunity that the owner is disliking my this action and he starts to ignore me when I do this or that, he turns his back away and walks away from me. When he goes back on all his four paws reward him and create an idea in his mind that being on four paws is much appreciated compared to jumping on people. When rewarding your dog always keep in mind that you must never go over the top because you do not want to spoil your pet. When you praise your dog approach with a different angle, every time so that he does not get bored of you and your behavior. Just make sure that you do not provide predictability in your dog’s life and you are good to go.
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