My dog jumps on me

Jumping is normal dog behavior. It is a “canine etiquette rules” taught to each pup from birth. As soon as they are able to eat solid food, the mother canine carries bits of food in her mouth back to her waiting pups. On her return, the young pups greet her by licking the bits of food from around her lips. As canines grow older, this behavior translates into acceptable canine greeting. If you have more than one dog, or if your dog encounters a dog friend, they are likely to lick each other around the mouth to say hello. This behavior is similar to the human habit of shaking hands.

When a pup moves from his litter into your family, his human pack, he retains this “Glad to see you,” greeting behavior. However, humans walk upright and have mouths that are high off the floor. When your dog is happy to see you and wants to greet you in the only way he knows how, he has to jump in an attempt to lick you around this high-up mouth. People find jumping up and mouth licking rather disgusting and often react by scolding the dog or pushing it away.

There are many training methods to teach a dog that jumping is not appropriate.  Although many people use turning their back on their dog to correct this or stepping on the dogs toes, using a leash and a command such as OFF will define the action and allow your dog to understand this is an inappropriate behavior.

Acme Canine can assist you with correcting this behavior as well as other common ill-manners.

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