Training Your Dog Not To Jump On People

By Michael Albee

Training Your Dog Not To Jump

Jumping up on people is a normal part of a dog’s behavior. Training your dog not to jump is actually working against nature. Jumping is how dogs offer a greeting. Have you ever noticed that most dogs greet each other the same way?

Dogs also jump to get attention. They keep jumping because it keeps working! They continue to do it even when you yell, “NO! Get Down!” because they still see the correction as attention.

The best way to stop unwanted behaviors is to not let it happen in the first place. To this end, simply removing the dog from the situation will stop it from happening. I am not suggesting that you do not allow anyone to come into contact with your dog. I am suggesting that you might want to remove the dog from close proximity to guests until it calms down.

Training Your Dog Not To Jump On People

Do not remove the dog from the room completely. Doing so will not teach the dog anything.

Unfortunately the solution above will not be helpful in all cases.

To better control any behavior issue we always suggest that you use a leash. The leash affords you much more control because you have a direct connection to your dog.

There are several ways that you can try to stop this behavior.


One common way is to simply turn your back to the dog and ignore it when it jumps. Refusing to engage or even look at your dog until he calms down will work a lot of the time. If you don’t give the dog attention it will usually loose interest in jumping on you.

Your dog may also jump up on your guests or someone you come into contact with in public. To better control this, simply tell your guests to ignore the dog and turn away until it calms down. 


Training your dog not to jump on you or others will require you to do the following.

Before you approach anyone or allow anyone to enter your dog’s space connect a standard leash. (Do not use one of those retractable ones).

If your dog tends to jump on you when you enter the room step out and come back in. As the dog comes near, step on the end of the leash. This will keep the dog from getting its front legs off of the ground.

When it tries to jump up, say the word “NO” in a firm tone. Each time it tries again, repeat the word “NO” again. When it gives up, say, “GOOD DOG” and reward with a treat or toy.

Repeat this several time until the dog does not jump when you enter the room. Repeat this training two or three times daily for about a week. Most dogs actually don’t need this much time. But be patient, some do!

The same training works for visitors. Before you open the door, connect the leash and stand on it. Then let your guest in.


As with any unwanted behavior, prevention is better than correction. With your dog on leash, when a visitor comes to your door, have the dog Sit and Stay. As you open the door, reinforce the stay command. If the dog moves, make a small leash correction and put the dog back in a Sit-Stay. Repeat as necessary until the dog does not move when the door is opened. Have your guest walk in and ignore the dog. You can also put the dog into a “Down-Stay” if the “Sit-Stay” dis not working well.

After the guest is in the house without being jumped on you may want the guest to reward the dog. If this is the case, have them quietly bend down and pet or give a treat. Then have them walk away calmly without talking to the dog.

When it is OK for the dog to move, give the release command. If the dog tries to jump up, make a leash correction and say “NO” and put the dog back in a sit … Repeat as necessary.

As soon as your dog has calmed down don’t make a big deal about it. This could make him or her excited again.


Your dog will need to know: NO, SIT, and STAY before you train this behavior. 

You will also need some extra help when you begin this training. Your helper will be the one that opens the door while you hold the leash and controlling your dog.


Keep your training sessions short. Your training sessions should be kept under 10 minutes in length. Finish each session with your dog correctly doing a behaivor.

Always do something that your dog likes to do when the session ends. Playing with the dog’s favorite toy or going for a walk will keep your dog interested in training. Because there is a “fun time” following the training, it will make the dog more willing to train well.


There are several variations of this training that will get the same results. If you need help teaching you dog to “STAY” you can contact us and we can give personal instruction. Contact Us.

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