Dogs will sometimes jump on you unexpectedly. If the dog is small, there is very little to worry about. However, larger dogs are a different story; a large dog jumping on you can be quite unnerving and may even result in injury depending on your age and health. Even if you are not intimidated, a large dog jumping on you as you arrive back home—especially with groceries in hand or while you are trying to get your shoes off—is not always a welcome surprise. Stop your dog from jumping on you, isn’t as hard as you might think.
If you want to control your dog and prevent jumping, kneel down to your dog’s level. Oftentimes, dogs jump because they want to get close and personal. Many dogs love looking at and licking their owners’ faces. By kneeling, you not only acknowledge the dog but also allow him or her to see your face. This is a simple way to stop your dog from jumping on you. If he or she tries to jump again, push them off and tell them “down” in a commanding voice. If your dog refuses to lay down or does not know the command, push them down gently until they begin to understand that “down” means lay down.
Turning your back to your dog is also an effective method to prevent jumping, especially if you are not able to kneel down. Unlike the previous method, try to avoid eye contact until your dog sits or lays down. Give your dog some time to relax. No one wants to be ignored, especially an excited dog; however, if you ignore someone long enough, they will eventually get the message. Tell your dog “down” to help clue your dog in on what you want from him or her. Make sure to avoid eye contact until after your dog has calmed down.
If you do not want to deal with the hassle, there are plenty of pet parlors who can competently groom your pet.
The first two methods seek to prevent jumping by either comforting or ignoring your dog, but this final method works by inconveniencing him or her. Whenever your dog jumps on you, grab his or her front paws and carefully walk the dog backwards for a few steps. As you gently place your dog on the floor, tell your dog “down” to get him or her to begin associating the command with getting off and lying down. Dogs dislike walking backwards. Overtime, your dog will hopefully become more hesitant to jump simply to avoid the added inconvenience of walking backward.
Keep It Consistent
If you live in a place where it can get cold, avoid closely cutting your dog’s hair in the winter. Imagine if you had to go outside without even a shirt and some pants in the freezing cold; that’s how Fido feels when you give him a buzz cut in the winter. Give your dog at least some protection from the elements. You do not need poor fido returning home with frostbite.