How To Teach Your Dog Not To Jump On People

Your dog will learn to "sit for a greeting" instead of jumping on people for attention. | taught by Kristina Lotz, CPDT-KA

Course description

An Expert Trainer Reveals WHY Dogs Jump On People & The Solution for Correcting It

If you are reading this, then you probably own an exuberant greeter – a dog that just can't contain himself when it comes to greeting a human. These dogs are usually very friendly and mean well, after all, they just want to greet you right? Or maybe your dog jumps up and snatches toys and treats from your hand, biting you in the process.

Most puppies start off naturally jumping toward you when they want your attention – whether it’s an actual greeting or they just want something different. You are quite a bit bigger than they are, so it makes sense that they would try and jump up to your level. Since they are small and cute, we reach down to pet them without even thinking about it or perhaps you crouch down and give them exactly what they wanted – your undivided attention.

The Real Reason Dogs Jump - Because It Works!

Unfortunately, you just reinforced your dog's behavior of jumping-up to get what he wants (attention). This is the main reason most dogs jump on people – it works! As they get older and continue to jump, the reinforcement can progress to that piece of steak or their favorite toy they just stole out of your hand.

It can be embarrassing and even dangerous if your 100-pound hound tries to jump on a small child or a senior citizen. This makes teaching your dog to sit politely for greeting (or anything else he may want) not just important but essential if you wish to have a good canine citizen.

By using positive reinforcement methods this course will not only teach your dog to sit politely for greetings on leash, but also greetings off-leash, at your front door, and for anything they want - a toy, a treat, even their dinner bowl!

Materials You Will Need For This Course (If you are like us, you already have all these around the house)

Luckily, teaching your dog to sit for attention (or anything else he wants) is fairly easy. Here is what we recommend having on hand:

  • Treats (best if they are small and soft, so your dog can eat them quickly)
  • Toys (if your dog likes toys)
  • A leash you can attach to something heavy your dog can’t move (a tie down)

Optional Equipment:

  • Clicker (can be purchased at most pet stores for a few dollars)
  • A harness is preferred for this training, but is not necessary
  • Some dogs might require a "chew proof" tie-down. These are best for dogs that are likely to chew on/through a leash You can make one yourself out of plastic-coated cable and snaps, or buy one at
Kristina Lotz, CPDT-KA
Kristina Lotz, CPDT-KA

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Course Curriculum

Section 1: Introduction To Positive Reinforcement
Why Positive Reinforcement Training?
​A Few Rules
QUIZ: Positive Reinforcement
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The Clicker
What is a Clicker?
The Rules of the Clicker
Loading the Clicker
Quiz: The Clicker
Feedback on "The Clicker"
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Section 2: Stop Reinforcing The Jumping
Ignore Bad Behavior
Quiz: Stop Reinforcing Jumping
Feedback on Section 2
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Section 3: Tie-Down Training
What Is A Tie-Down?
Beginning Sit To Greet
Increasing Difficulty
Quiz: Tie-Down Training
Feedback on Section 3
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Section 4: On Leash Sit To Greet
Beginning On Leash Sit To Greet
Increasing Difficulty
Quiz: On Leash Sit To Greet
Feedback on Section 4
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Section 5: Sit For Toys, Dinner, Etc.
Further Generalization
Beginning Sit For Anything
Increasing Difficulty
Quiz: Sit For Toys, Dinner, Etc.
Feedback on Section 5
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Section 6: Greetings At The Door
Why Is The Door So Exciting?
Doorbell/Knock Training
Beginning Sit For Greetings At The Door
Increasing Difficulty
Quiz: Greetings At The Door
Feedback on Section 6
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Section 7: Off Leash
Beginning To Fade The Leash
Increasing Difficulty
Quiz: Off Leash
Feedback on Section 7
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Course Review
Making The Training Stick
Key Concepts
Course Feedback
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