Jumping up/ Excitable behaviour
Understanding jumping up behaviour
Puppies like to jump up on us. They are excitable and want to greet us by looking into our eyes. Not so cute, however, when a 50 kg Rottweiler still insists on putting their paws on your chest!
Dogs often jump on their owners when we are returning home,
after a period of separation. No matter how brief the separation, your dog is always pleased to see you.
This is because dogs are programmed to enjoy companionship. They feel safe with their family group and would rather be together at all times. Impossible for most families but most of us enjoy our dogs greeting us with enthusiasm.
Some dogs, however, jump up all the time or jump up on people who don't like it.
Lack of training - lack of manners
Often dogs jump up on us because this is the only behaviour they know. Owner wait... and wait... for their dog to learn an alternative behaviour. What owners fails to do is teach them an alternative.
If you wish an unwanted or undesirable behaviour to be stopped you must take away this habit by building a new habitual behaviour. So think about what you would like your dog to do, instead of jumping up.
Some dogs jump at on on people when they are displaying aggressive behaviour or even when they are afraid of people. If this is your dog's case, then read problems solving for aggression or for anxiety
Such a common problem. Most families don't mind. Most visitors do!" Dr Jo
Ask yourself - is my dog getting my attention when they jump up? Am I yelling at them, pushing them away or looking exasperatedly into their eyes. This is all attention and will reinforce the jumping behaviour.
Dogs on furniture
Dogs like comfort. It is a canine drive to find shelter and warmth and most dogs become experts at it. OK so it's not a cave anymore. Instead it's your sofa or your bed!
If this is not a problem for you and you don't have a problem dog, then go for it. Having your dog sit beside you is one of the many pleasures of pet ownership.
If your dog is annoying you, look for patterns of when this behaviour happens and try to reward them for staying on the ground.
More tips in the solutions for jumping up.