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Dogs jump. Everyone knows this.

But it always makes me wonder, how often do wild canines jump?

Spending time with some wild canines and watching a countless number of dogs interact. I have concluded that constant jumping isn’t really something that canines do with each other.

So why do they do it with us?


Everything positive or good comes from up high. I mean we are taller than them. 😉

Think about it.

Our hands equal treats, pets, etc.

Our mouth equals happy noises.

We constantly move our upper body adding excitement to our dog.

And of course when our dog was younger, what did we do? Pick them up, held them by our face, encouraged hugging, etc.

So our dog’s jumping is mostly a side effect encouraged by us.

What can you do to help your dog understand that jumping is no longer allowed?

  • Ignore dog until he or she is fully relaxed. Once relaxed then greet your dog.
  • Toss a handful of treats or kibble on the floor if your dog keeps all four paws on the ground.
  • Bend down when greeting your dog. Get on their level.
  • Lastly, you may need to add a punishment to the jumping and then reward when your dog’s paws are on the ground. Punishment can be squirt bottle, noise, training collar, etc.

However you decide to go about helping your dog with his or hers jumping problem. Please remember it starts with you, so be conscious of your body movements and how you engage with your dog when you first walk in the door. 🌱