How To Stop A Dog From Jumping On People

how do I stop my dog jumping up on people

Dear Hindy,

My best friend just told me she won’t come over and visit anymore, unless I can stop my dog Freddie from jumping up on her. She’s not much of a dog lover and she gets annoyed. I miss her, what can I do? Thanks, Donna.

How Do I Stop My Dog Jumping Up On People

Dear Donna,

As dog lovers I know we can’t always understand how people aren’t, but of course it’s super important to respect others’ feelings. Imagine if your friend is dressed up to go out and suddenly has a dog jumping up pawing at her, leaving dog hair on her beautiful outfit and slobber marks on her makeup!

The truth is even if she didn’t mind it’s best to teach our dogs to keep all paws on the ground. It’s one thing if you have a tiny little dog, but if you don’t he or she could seriously hurt someone, especially a child or an older person. So size aside, let’s stop them from jumping up altogether.

It’s quite simple really, the hard part is practicing this every single time.

You can…

  • Fold your arms across your chest and avoid eye contact until he gets down
  • Gently nudge him off you and say “down”
  • Or simply turn around and say and do nothing

When he has all 4 paws on the ground for at least a couple of seconds, reward him with a favourite treat.

Good luck.




Hindy Pearson
I am a dog trainer and behaviour consultant, specialising in working with first time dog owners. Whether you're thinking of getting a dog and aren't sure if it's the right time, or you've been sharing your life with one for awhile but there are issues you can't resolve, I am here for you. No matter where in the world you live I can help.

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