My dogs are quite large. It’s a natural habit for dogs to jump on you when they’re greeting you or really excited. This led to our visitors being weary of entering our door because Boozer is 80 pounds of pure muscle. You can stop your dog from jumping in one week or less. It’s not cute for any dog to jump. Even if your jumping canine doesn’t knock your mom over, they can still scratch her legs or hurt her. All dogs should be trained not to jump.
First you need to make a decision with your whole household to stop your dog from jumping. Alert any and all visitors that you’re working with your pup, and it will take everyone’s help. It takes a village to raise a child and it takes a village to keep a dog from jumping.
Start on a day when you’ll be home, maybe a Saturday or Sunday. The first time your dog jumps, tell him No. Gently push him off. When he’s standing with all fours on the ground, praise him. Repeat this process. Soon he’ll figure out that not jumping is easier than jumping and being pushed down. Now try leaving the house and coming back in a few minutes. If he jumps tell him no, if he doesn’t praise him. Try again. If he doesn’t jump, give him a treat and praise. Repeat.
You have to be thorough. This cannot be a “only when I feel like training” kind of thing. It has to be the rule all day, every day until he gets it.
Remember to praise him every time he doesn’t jump at times when he used to jump. When company comes over, let them in. If your dog jumps, tell him no and have him sit. Hold him by his collar or harness. He has to calm down and stay sitting before he gets to greet the visitor. Once he is calm and sitting, have the visitor approach your dog. Your dog might wag his tail, lick or sniff the person but not jump. Keep holding his collar until he is calm enough to be released. If he jumps, the process needs to be repeated. Your dog needs to learn that only when he is calm can he greet visitors to his house. Do this a few days in a row, sometimes a week or longer for stubborn dogs.
This is an exercise in teaching your dog self-control. He only knows instinct so far and what he’s been doing has been working for him, even if it wasn’t working for you. His instinct is to get very excited when you come home or when visitors come over. Once he learns self-control, he’ll be a lot calmer and you’ll be more in control.
Remember, praise is just as important as scolding. Your dog wants to please you, he just needs to learn how to.