How Do You Stop a Dog from Jumping?

How Do You Stop a Dog from Jumping?

Jumping up might be cute when your dog is a tiny puppy, but it becomes less charming and more chaotic as they grow. I’m here to help you channel your dog’s enthusiasm into more appropriate greetings. Here’s a detailed, step-by-step guide from your dog experts at Guangzhou QQPETS. Let’s teach your four-legged friend to keep all paws on the ground!

To teach your dog to greet politely without jumping, consistently ignore jumping and instead shower them with attention when all four paws stay on the ground. Keep them leashed during introductions to gently guide their behavior, teach them a calm “sit” or “stay” as a greeting, and practice with friends who are in on your training plan. Everyone in the household should stick to these rules for a unified approach, manage their excitement with exercise, and seek professional guidance if the bounces continue.

Now, let’s unpack why your furry friend turns into a bouncing bean and how you can kindly keep those four paws on the floor.

Why Do Dogs Jump Up in the First Place?

Dogs jump up mainly to seek attention, greet humans face-to-face, express excitement, or due to past positive reinforcement, and they may also mimic other dogs or jump due to anxiety or lack of training. Understanding these motivations can guide effective training strategies, such as consistently rewarding calm greetings and teaching alternative behaviors like sitting, to reduce jumping.

Step 1: Setting the Scene for No-Jump Training

Before you start, make sure you have the right tools: a leash, a collar or harness, and plenty of treats. Choose a quiet place with few distractions to begin your training sessions. Consistency is key, so plan to practice these exercises daily for short periods.

Step 2: Master the “Sit” Command

Objective: Teach your dog to sit on command as an alternative behavior to jumping.


  1. Capture Attention: Hold a treat close to your dog’s nose to get their attention.
  2. Command and Action: Slowly move the treat above their head towards the tail. This will naturally cause your dog to sit as their head goes up and back. As they begin to sit, clearly say “Sit.”
  3. Reward: The moment your dog’s bottom touches the ground, praise them and give them the treat.
  4. Repeat: Do this several times in a row and several times a day. Always use the same command and reward them immediately after sitting.

Tips: If your dog attempts to jump up during this exercise, turn away and ignore them until they calm down. Then try again. Patience is crucial!

Step 3: Introduce “Sit to Greet”

Objective: Teach your dog to sit when greeting you or others instead of jumping.


  1. Leashed Greetings: Keep your dog on a leash. Ask a family member or friend to approach.
  2. Sit Command: As the person approaches, command your dog to sit. If they stay seated, the person can come closer and give them a treat.
  3. No Reward for Jumping: If your dog stands up or jumps, the person should step back or turn away, and you should repeat the “Sit” command.
  4. Progress Gradually: Start with less exciting greetings and gradually introduce more exciting situations as your dog improves.

Tips: Practice this with multiple people over several sessions. It’s important for your dog to learn that the “Sit to Greet” rule applies to everyone.

Step 4: Practice and Generalize the Behavior

Objective: Ensure your dog can apply the sit command in various environments and situations.


  1. New Locations: Practice the “Sit” and “Sit to Greet” commands in different settings — inside your home, in your yard, during walks, at the park, etc.
  2. Add Distractions: Gradually introduce distractions like other dogs, loud noises, or new people.
  3. Consistent Reinforcement: Continue to reward your dog for sitting and not jumping in all these situations.

Tips: Keep training sessions short and fun. End each session on a positive note, even if it’s just a successful “Sit” command.

Step 5: Regular Review and Reinforcement

Objective: Maintain and reinforce the behavior over time to prevent relapses.


  1. Regular Drills: Regularly review the “Sit” and “Sit to Greet” commands, especially in situations where your dog used to jump.
  2. Spot Training: If you notice your dog starting to revert to jumping, increase the frequency of formal training sessions focusing on these commands.

Tips: Always be patient and consistent. Remember, training is an ongoing process.


With these practical steps, your dog will learn that keeping all four paws on the ground is the best way to greet people. Stick with it, and you’ll see a calmer, more polite pup in no time!

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FAQ about how to stop a dog from jumping

  1. Why do dogs jump up on people?
    • Dogs often jump up to greet people because they are excited and it’s a natural way to get close to faces, mimicking their greeting behavior as puppies with their mother.
  2. What is an effective way to discourage my dog from jumping?
    • Ignore the jumping by turning your back and avoiding eye contact until your dog calms down and sits or keeps all four paws on the ground, then immediately reward them.
  3. How can I prepare my dog to not jump when guests arrive?
    • Keep your dog on a leash when guests enter, ask your dog to sit, and reward them for maintaining the sit as people come in.
  4. What type of reinforcement works best to stop a dog from jumping?
    • Positive reinforcement, such as treats or praise, is effective when given as soon as your dog complies with staying down or sitting instead of jumping.
  5. How do I deal with my dog jumping on strangers during walks?
    • Keep your dog on a short leash, and if they begin to jump, redirect them with a command to sit, rewarding them when they comply.

Article by

Kyra Luo

Product Design Manager

Kyra is the Product Design Manager at QQPETS, where her expertise in developing high-quality, customized pet products and keen insight into market trends has helped hundreds of clients achieve their goals, save money, and satisfy consumer needs.

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Kyra Luo

Product Design Manager

Kyra is the Product Design Manager at QQPETS, where her expertise in developing high-quality, customized pet products and keen insight into market trends has helped hundreds of clients achieve their goals, save money, and satisfy consumer needs.

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