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How to train a dog to not jump on people?

I have a 65 lb. dog and he's trained in every way except for when people come over he does not listen. He runs straight to the door and has to greet everyone by jumping on them and saying hello. Whats the best way to train him to not do this?

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Asked by ABPeterson at 12:48 PM on May. 16, 2009 in Pets

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  • Tough love. You need a couple of friends, big men preferably. You have them come to the house. When they get there you need to instruct them prior that when the dog jumps on them, they need to knee him in the chest. Hard enough to get his attention, but not so hard it is going to hurt him. You need to do this several times and he will stop. They need to be consistent, and when they do it they need to say, DOWN! Sternly and loud!

    Answer by 2-1CavWife at 12:52 PM on May. 16, 2009

  • We have a Collie/St. Bernard mix who also likes to jump up and "hug" people, mostly my sons friends who think it is great, but then she jumps on everyone. The best advice we got was to simply say "DOWN" and turn away from her then turn back and if she jumps again turn around again, if she doesn't jump give her attention. She has slowly learned to only "hug" people when they tap their chest and tell her "up".

    Answer by goaliemom93 at 1:30 PM on May. 16, 2009

  • We recently worked with the trainer who trained Ronald Reagan's dogs. We have a 65lb pitbull who sweet as she may be had horrible manners when it came to visitors. Pick a place in the house as "their spot" and practice whenever the doorbell rings take him to his "spot" and sitstay. Then when he is calm, let the visitors in and have them ignore her. No eye contact. The trainer also suggests that the dog wear a training collar and leash at all times during the day except when crated...he recommends this for all dogs until they are 1.5-2 years old. Within 3 days of practicing this, the mailman came by and our dog stayed on her bed and totally ignored him!

    When they do jump, give a jerk on the collar and say "off" or "down". Don't give any warning before the jerk on the collar. That's why it's really good to have the collar and leash on.

    Answer by erika.lyn at 8:40 PM on May. 16, 2009

  • watch cesar milan on natgeotv you can't give the dogs any attention and you walk right by ignoring them. you have to make sure that you make your dog sit or stay and when they jump you take you foot tap them on their side to get their attention or claw them with you hand on their neck by their ears. there are other techniques you should look for in watching his show. he is the best. our dogs are super.

    Answer by melody77 at 9:42 PM on May. 16, 2009

  • my dog used to do that too. i just started saying down very loudly everytime he even looked like he wanted to jump. it also helps to ignore them if they are excited when you get home and give them affection after they calm down.

    Answer by mandielynn23 at 1:19 AM on May. 17, 2009

  • Ok do not knee the dog in the chest. That is unnecessary. Your knee does not need to touch him AT ALL!

    Here is what I'd do. Put a leash on your pet. Have someone come to the door and knock. When he jumps up and starts toward the door have him come to you and sit/stay. Then have the person come in. If he breaks the stay the person goes back out the door and you do it over again. He gets rewarded for that sit/stay by the person staying. If not, the person leaves.

    Does that dog jump up on you when you enter the home? If so, you can walk toward the dog while saying down. DO NOT KNEE OR STEP ON TOES. You walk toward the dog so he is unsteady and his first instinct will to go down into a sit. Say down when you walk that step forward.

    Answer by SalemWitchChild at 9:33 AM on May. 17, 2009

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