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|Labels & Language|
|How Dogs Learn|
|The Name Game|
|Sit & Sit Stay|
|For Dog Owners|
When your dog is jumping up, they’re giving you a compliment and hoping you’ll pay attention to them! The more upset you become, the more your dog will want to appease you and show you much they love you by jumping up again. Rather than punish your dog for trying to greet you, teach your dog appropriate behavior using the steps above.
Do not push your dog with your hands or speak to them in an excited tone. Your dog might mistake your actions for play. Stay calm and quiet. Don’t give them any attention until they have all four paws on the floor.
*Note: You may have heard of other, more physical, techniques (kneeing them in the chest, stepping on their back paws, or squeezing their front paws) that punish dogs for jumping. These methods will likely teach your dog to fear you and/or strangers, but won’t teach them how to politely meet people.