My cousins were quite adorable as kids and I still adore them a lot as teens but unfortunately for me being a dog lover I wasn’t quite glad about their idea of getting a dog at that age because they wanted a dog for totally wrong reasons being kids at that time they were in love with the most popular cartoon of the 90s “Scooby-Doo, Where Are You” (Yes it was still popular in the 90s) and just wanted one for themselves.
While their father and mother refused to get them a great Dane for the fear of caring for such a big dog on their own, they did finally submit to their demands of getting two pups and so came along dawn and dusk two charming Labradors but unfortunately in that case I wasn’t so lucky.
While I loved the pups training them for my cousins was a very hard task, they wanted to play with the dog during training, after training in short throughout the day. This for a while was ok since they were pups their training didn’t last for long period but what did trouble me was the fact that my cousins wanted their dogs to play fetch and Frisbees with them.
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If I had been a kid, I might have too enjoyed the idea but as a teen, I knew this wouldn’t end up nicely. They constantly encouraged their pets with treats to fetch or catch something; it was then when I had to put my foot down. So I got to work on How to stop dogs from jumping.
Why it’s important to stop encouraging dog’s to jump?
Encouraging pets with treats can be extremely harmful to them as they solely rely on it to obey you and it worsens gradually to obesity.
Other than that encouraging them to jump can do serious damage once your dog grows up to its full potential because as a pup their small jumps and nudging won’t hurt you in any way, you might even enjoy it but as they become adults this jumping habit can become a very big problem.
Their powerful body and gravitational pull won’t work in your favor. Also, it doesn’t mean that you totally stop your dog from jumping, you need just to train your dog to understand when to jump and when to not.
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When should I start controlling my dogs jumping habit?
Controlling your dog’s jumping while they are still pups is the smart move. Training them and establishing the fact that jumping unnecessarily is not good would be rewarding when it would become a fully grown adult dog. Many people dismiss this idea as they find their dog’s jumping as a way of greeting like welcome, and I agree with it to a certain extent only.
It’s true that dogs show their appreciation or excitement by jumping, licking or nuzzling, but this can become a major problem once your dog grows up to its full height and weight. Their powerful body might knock you off your feet or hurt you in the process of just saying HELLO. So encouraging this behavior is not the best idea.
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Techniques on how to stop dogs from jumping:
Many dog trainers previously suggested techniques like a choke collar, shock collar, swatting or pushing your dog away, shouting NO, knee to the chest, etc.
These techniques are ridiculous because they are offensive, hurtful and cruel. Don’t do this to your dog because it’s just trying to show you some affection and love. You might be emotionally and physically hurting your pet by this gesture. So if you are asking yourself “How to stop my puppy jumping on people?” and that too in a painless way you can do the following.
TIP: One idea works painlessly than the rest, and that is to hold your puppy’s paws as soon as it jumps at you and keep it away from your body. Then let go as soon as your dog starts to pull. Repeat this again if your puppy jumps and when it finally calms down and stops you can then sit down and pat it to show that you appreciate it when it’s on four feet.
Doing so routinely would register the idea in your dog that it doesn’t need to jump to get your affection or appreciation.
TIP: You can also try isolation method but that doesn’t mean you lock your dog in a room and leave it, you simply need to back off or ignore your dog when it tries to jump and only give it attention when it calms down. This method can also help you in training puppy not to jump on people.
Also, don’t allow your guests to pet your dog unless it sits or calms down this would help in stopping your dog’s jumping habit to get affection from guests or strangers. It would take time, but eventually, your dog would get it.
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There are many methods available online on how to stop puppy from jumping that are effective and painless, you have to just see which one works best for your pet.
Why do dog’s jump? How to stop dogs from jumping?
“Why does my dog jump on people?” many dog owners ask this question. This jumping habit starts in dogs when they are pups because their small size makes it difficult for them to reach us to lick or greet, so they try to jump to reach us. This habit is further encouraged by owners and family members because they find it adorable and funny but once your dog grows to its full height, it’s not funny anymore because then it can knock you out or physically hurt you in the process.
Not controlling and training this habit from the start can be a good start for a future disaster like falling guests, bruised kids, bulging bump on the back of the head, etc. So it’s better to start off right from the beginning by train dog not to jump on people.
Some people ask why should they control their dog’s jumping, it’s not like they are trying to hurt us they simply love us and want to show their affection.
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I totally agree, I mean I too loved the whole idea of my dog greeting me at the door when I came home from school or college, but once I considered the power and strength of my GSD shadow, I practically shook the idea from my head. Imagine a healthy grown German Shepherd jumping at you when you are tired and not expecting it, along with that it sheds all over you, Yea the scene is not pleasant.
Why controlling your dog’s jumping can save your dog’s life :
People find controlling such habits as cruelty or dominating behavior so you might find people shaking their heads when you would stop your dog from jumping but what those people overlook is that it can practically save your dog. How so? Well because if you don’t train or control your dog’s jumping its surely going to jump over the fence one day to chase something it found interesting on the other side of the road and getting lost in the process, especially if it’s a husky it would be a major problem.
Blue Nose pit bulls or pit bulls, in general, are great at jumping they can easily jump to 4-5 feet and controlling this behavior is very important in such breeds because it can be dangerous for your pet. To know more about this in detail do check out “Doggy Dan’s” dog training videos on theonlinedogtrainer.com.
Some people ask “my dog won’t stop jumping on people, what should I do?” This is a common problem that many of us dog owners face. Controlling this habit in puppies from the beginning would be effective in adulthood.
TIP: You can try pulling at your puppy’s leash when it tries to jump on people, don’t pull too hard a slight nudge on its collar would do the work. Don’t scold it a simple command like “NO” while pulling would do the trick.
So my advice for all the teen and adult dog owners out there is that if you love your dog you need to understand and know how to stop your dogs from jumping, you are doing them a favour by stopping this habit because your dog might also hurt itself in the process of greeting you by mistakenly hitting something hard or sharp lying around and I am sure you definitely don’t want that to happen because you might replace that precious vase with something else but you definitely can’t replace the pain your dog might feel.
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