How do dogs show excitement through jumping?
Dogs have a tendency to exhibit their joy and excitement by jumping, especially when their owners come home. This behavior is rooted in their instincts, particularly for puppies. However, if your dog wasn’t trained otherwise, it’s likely that this behavior will persist into adulthood.
🐾 What does your dog’s jumping behavior tell you about them?
To understand why your dog jumps, take a closer look at the situations in which they exhibit this behavior. The way they jump can offer insight into their personality and emotions.
❂ Happy and thrilled
For example, when you come home, your dog may greet you at the door with jumps and wagging tails.
They might leap on you if you crouch down, as if ready to play.
Or, if they encounter someone or another dog they like during a walk, they may wag their tail and jump up in excitement.
And so on.
All of these instances of jumping are indicative of a dog who is happy and thrilled.
It’s like a dog who loves going for walks and jumps with excitement at the sight of a leash, expressing their eagerness to go.
🐾 I would like for you to hold me and give me your undivided attention.
Jumping vertically while walking, etc. is a behavior observed.
Vertical jumping occurs when the individual is sitting or standing.
This behavior is frequently observed in small dogs, such as puppies and small breeds, who prefer to be close to the chest of the person holding them.
If petting or holding the dog occurs when he jumps, he has learned that this behavior will result in attention from the person.
❂ The owner’s possessions are desired by the dog.
Jumping towards the food in the owner’s hand or towards their mouth.
Jumping towards a toy held by the owner.
This behavior is demonstrated when the dog begs for something that the owner is holding or eating. This behavior will be repeated if the dog’s request is met by jumping.
❂ Fear is present in the dog.
The dog jumps in the presence of strangers.
Jumping occurs when someone approaches the front door.
Jumping is exhibited when the dog encounters motorcycles or other dogs while walking.
Jumping at this point is due to fear.
A stranger entering the dog’s territory is perceived as frightening.
The dog feels threatened by other dogs, people, objects, or noises they dislike and jumping serves as a warning or threat to scare them away.
🐾 Should the Practice of a Dog Jumping on the Owner be Discontinued?
The jumping behavior of dogs is believed to be innate, but should it be discouraged?
The answer is “Yes, it should.”
When puppies are small, their jumping around is often considered cute and may not be viewed as problematic behavior.
However, what if the puppy grows into a larger dog?
Even if the dog doesn’t grow to that size, can you be certain that it won’t cause problems if it jumps on you every time something happens for the next ten years or more?
❂ Possibility of Accidents and Injuries
Jumping on other people, dogs, or large moving objects like motorcycles can be hazardous.
This behavior can be particularly dangerous when dogs try to jump on children.
Even a small dog that jumps on a child can result in injury.
Adults can also lose their balance and fall if they are not prepared for the dog’s jumping behavior.
Additionally, the dog’s feet may cause mud or dirt to be transferred onto the clothes of those jumped on.
❂ Personal Experience:
Although I have never been jumped on by a dog, a close friend of mine had a young, energetic dog who would always jump on me when he saw me, expressing his excitement with his whole body.
Although the dirt on the clothes could be washed away, after a while, I noticed that my legs were always covered in scratch marks the next morning after playing with the dog.
The dog weighed around 10kg and was of a medium size, not a large or strong breed.
However, when he jumped, his paw still left marks on my legs.
My friend, the dog’s owner, made an effort to correct the pawing behavior without any issues. Even if the dog doesn’t do it intentionally, such a situation could arise.
If it were between strangers, it could become a major issue.
🐾 How to Teach Your Dog to Stop Jumping
If you wish to stop your dog from jumping, begin by instructing him with commands such as “Sit,” “Wait,” or “Down.” The aim is for your dog to listen to you when you give a command.
To address the issue, it’s important to determine the reason behind your dog’s jumping behavior. Depending on the cause, there are several ways to stop it.
❂ Ignoring the jumping behavior
If your dog jumps on you due to excitement or seeking affection, ignore the behavior. Responding to the jumping will only reinforce the behavior and make your dog believe it is acceptable. Wait until your dog stops jumping and then praise him. The same approach can be used when your dog stands up and requests to be held.
❂ Utilizing a low tone when saying “No” or “Don’t do that”
If your dog continues to jump, give the command “Sit” or “Wait.” If your dog is too excited to stop jumping, say “No” in a firm but low tone. This also applies if your dog tries to take something you are holding or eating. Consistent training and patience are necessary for your dog to learn that jumping is not acceptable behavior. Praise your dog when he stops jumping.
❂ Distracting with “Sit,” “Wait,” or treats
If your dog is jumping due to fear of someone or something, distract him from the source of fear. Call your dog’s name to get his attention and offer treats if necessary. Praise your dog when he focuses on you and successfully overcomes his fear.
🐾 Maintaining Consistency in Discipline
❂ Establishing Consistent Rules to Avoid Confusion
Using different words to scold your dog, such as “No,” “Hey,” and “Enough already,” can lead to confusion. The same applies to commands like “Sit,” “Stay,” and “Stop.” Inconsistent usage of different words for different people or situations can make it challenging for your dog to understand.
It is important to use the same words and commands consistently, delivered in a calm tone. This will help your dog understand what is expected of him.
❂ Rewarding Success
When your dog responds to a command or word, such as “Don’t,” to stop jumping, it is important to praise him. If he refrains from jumping on you when you come home, even while wagging his tail, it is a sign that he has learned not to jump on you.
It is recommended to offer plenty of compliments and rewards for success.
How was your experience? Your dog’s jumping may be cute and not cause any inconvenience to you. However, this behavior can become problematic, especially if your dog frequently goes to the dog run or participates in off-leash activities.
By ensuring that your dog understands the rules, everyone can coexist comfortably, and you can enjoy peace of mind during your time with your pet.