How To Train Your Puppy Not To Jump

If you’ve recently adopted a puppy, you’ll soon find out there are many things you need to train them. How to come when you call, for example, or sit when you tell them to sit.

The list of things you need to train your puppy is pretty long, and you shouldn’t try to teach them everything at once because it’s too much to take in. You need to move slowly as they learn one command and then teach your pup the next.

Many of the commands you need to train your puppy have to do with keeping them safe. “Stay,” for example, is critical. It can mean the difference between your puppy staying in one place or running out into traffic.

Some commands, however, have nothing to do with keeping your puppy safe but everything to do with ensuring they don’t do something unwanted, especially when friends, family, and other dogs come around to visit.

One of those things is jumping up on someone, which can be both annoying and slightly risky, depending on the size of your puppy. 

For example, if you adopt a Great Dane, it’s imperative you teach them not to jump because they could literally knock someone over. Not surprisingly, that leads me to today’s question, how to train your puppy not to jump?

As with many training methods, the answer is there are several ways to train a puppy not to jump.  For example, you can use treats when your puppy greets someone, so they keep all four paws on the floor. 

You can also train your pupper to sit down when they greet someone, although this method takes a lot of time and patience.

Now that you know two methods of how to train your puppy not to jump, I’m sure you want to learn some more. The good news is that I have them for you below and some other questions and answers about today’s subject.

To discover how to train your puppy not to jump and keep them from jumping up on friends, family, furniture, and yourself, read on.

How Do I Tran my Dog Not to Jump On Visitors?

Training your puppy not to jump on your guests or family when they visit takes a lot of persistence and a supply of your pup’s favorite treats. You will also need the help of a friend or family member.

One important consideration is that you need to use the same command every time and be firm and forceful. If you don’t, it’s unlikely your puppy will obey you. Here are the step-by-step instructions:

  1. Have your assistant stand outside of your front door.
  2. Command your puppy to sit a few feet from the door, with their leash on and some slack in the leash.
  3. Tell your assistant to come in and let your puppy have enough slack so that they can walk towards them if they choose to.
  4. If your puppy goes over and jumps on your assistant, have them stop immediately and walk away.
  5. Command your puppy to sit down again and repeat the process.
  6. When your puppy doesn’t jump, give them a treat and lots of praise. 
  7. Have your assistant stop, say “hello,” and pat your puppy on the head. This will help ingrain the new habit in their mind.

How To Train Your Dog Not to Jump on the Counter

A puppy or dog that jumps up on the counter to try and get food can be a real pain, especially if that food is something you’re preparing for guests or has a high value like a steak.

Training your dog not to jump on the counter can be difficult. In my opinion, it’s best to take steps to prevent them from wanting to jump up on the counter in the first place. For example;

  • Never walk away from the counter if there’s food on it and your puppy is out and about.
  • After every meal, make sure you thoroughly clean your countertops. If you leave anything behind your puppy can smell, they will inevitably jump up to try and give it a lick.
  • If you use a crate for your puppy, you should crate them during meal preparation. If you don’t use a crate, a baby gate at the door to your kitchen is a great way to prevent them from jumping up on the counter.

If you want to teach your puppy not to jump up on the counter, the following steps will help.

  1. When your puppy jumps up onto the counter looking for food, put a treat in front of their face until you get their attention.
  2. Next, use to treat to lure your puppy down from the counter and use the command “off”.
  3. Once your puppy is down on the floor, use the command “yes!” and give them their treat.

You will likely have to practice this method several times until your puppy realizes that jumping on the counter is not allowed. All puppies learn at a different pace, so be patient and persistent.

How Do I Stop my Dog from Jumping and Biting When Excited?

It can be annoying when a puppy jumps up on you or someone else. However, if your pup jumps up and bites, it’s a lot worse.

Some reasons your puppy might do this are they want to play, and also they want to put something in their mouth. Many puppies also feel calmer when they put something in their mouth, and biting is an easy way to do it.

Below are some of the best methods to stop your puppy from jumping and biting when they’re excited.

  • Squeal or yell as if you’re in pain. Dogs and puppies are very intuitive and know if they’ve gone too far.
  • Scatter some treats on the floor. It’s a rare puppy that will jump up and bite you when treats are on the floor.
  • Stay extremely calm. Often a puppy or dog will jump up and bite because their human is playing with toys or acting excited. If you stay very calm, most puppies will react more calmly also.
  • Leave the room and ignore your puppy. Make sure your pup can’t follow you when you do this and use it as a “negative punishment.” This takes away what they want and lets your pupper know you aren’t happy with their behavior. 

How to Teach Your Dog Not to Jump on Other Dogs?

Puppies are excitable creatures, no doubt it, and when they see another dog will often jump on them out of excitement. 

In most cases, a dog jumping on another dog is not aggressive but friendly. However, depending on the other dog, it can be too much of a surprise and create a negative, aggressive response.

Below is an excellent method of teaching your dog or puppy not to jump on other dogs.

  1. Have your puppy on a leash in your backyard and allow a friendly, calm dog* to enter. (*A friend or neighbor’s dog.)
  2. Allow both puppies to approach each other on their leashes.
  3. If your puppy lunges or jumps on the other dog, immediately pull them back, so they have to stop.
  4. Once your puppy has calmed down, let both dogs approach each other again.
  5. If your puppy is calm and greets the other dog on all fours, sniffs their butt, and other normal dog stuff, reward them with a treat and praise.
  6. Practice the above steps until your puppy gets it right.
  7. Move out of your backyard and allow your puppy to meet other dogs, and keep practicing. (They should be fully vaccinated first, though.)
  8. In time, your puppy will learn that, when they behave, they can say hello to other dogs. If not, they can’t

Final Thoughts

How to train your puppy not to jump takes time and patience, like all other puppy training methods. As we’ve seen today, there are several situations where a puppy will jump and several methods you can use to let them know this is not acceptable behavior.

Using treats when someone comes to the door, for example, and training them to sit down when a friend or relative comes to visit. 

I hope you enjoyed today’s blog and that all of your questions about how to train your puppy not to jump have been answered. If you have more or want to learn more about being a perfect pet parent, my other blogs are filled with actionable, real-world advice and tips.

Until next time, I wish you the best of luck training your puppy not to jump. It’s an essential training task, to be sure, and will help strengthen your relationship.