Jumping is one of the most common issues that we deal with at Prodogz Dog Training

Let me paint you a picture: You come home after a long day, and there’s your furry friend, waiting with excitement. The next thing you know, your dog’s paws are on your chest, tail wagging furiously, and your clean clothes are now covered in paw prints. Sound familiar? Jumping is a common issue that we tackle here at Prodogz Dog Training. There are many different reasons why dogs jump on their owners and guests. Most of the time, jumping is a product of the puppy or dog trying to communicate with us.

Understanding Why Dogs Jump

Dogs are naturally social creatures, and jumping is often their way of saying, "Hey, look at me!" They want attention, and jumping usually gets it. When my dog, Max, was a puppy, he’d launch himself at anyone who walked through the door. It was like he had springs for legs! But while it might be cute when they’re small, a full-grown dog jumping on people can be quite the nuisance.

While the idea of "training" may seem daunting, it is simply teaching an animal what behavior works or doesn't work through resulting consequences. So whether you realize it or not, you are actually training your dog every moment of the day. Fortunately for you, preventing jumping is possible even without structured training. There are some simple solutions to this problem that require minimal effort and fit easily into your normal interactions with your dog.

Simple Solutions to Prevent Jumping

One of the first things I learned in my dog training journey was that consistency is key. When Max would jump on me, I’d turn my back and ignore him. At first, he thought it was a game. But over time, he realized that jumping didn’t get him the attention he craved. Here are a few tips to help manage your dog’s jumping:

Ignore the Jumping

Dogs jump to get your attention. If you turn away and ignore them, they’ll eventually learn that jumping isn’t the way to get what they want. Trust me, it might seem tough at first, especially with those pleading puppy eyes, but stay strong!

Teach an Alternative Behavior

Instead of jumping, teach your dog to sit or stay when greeting people. Whenever Max would jump, I’d command him to sit. Once he did, he’d get a treat or some affection. Positive reinforcement works wonders. It’s like training a kid to say “please” instead of whining.

Consistent Reinforcement

Consistency is crucial. Make sure everyone in the household and visitors follow the same rules. If one person allows jumping while others don’t, it sends mixed signals to your dog.

Why Choose Prodogz in Medford?

Jumping is one of the easier behaviors to teach to your dog with the correct tools. Our four-week basic obedience class covers jumping and other important behaviors. Located in Medford, Southern Oregon, and serving the Rogue Valley, we offer comprehensive dog training solutions tailored to your needs.

If jumping is the only issue you’re having with your dog, we can also set up a one-on-one private session to work on your dog’s jumping issues. I remember our first private session with Jason at Prodogz. He showed me practical techniques to manage Max’s jumping. One of my favorites was teaching Max to “go to his mat” whenever someone entered the house. It was like giving him a specific job to do, which he loved.

Personalized Training for Effective Results

Each dog is unique, and so is their training. During private sessions, Jason tailors the approach to fit your dog’s personality and needs. This personalized attention makes a huge difference. With Max, we focused on rewarding calm behavior and using structured greetings to prevent jumping. It wasn’t long before visitors could enter without being bowled over by an overenthusiastic dog!


In conclusion, managing jumping behavior in dogs doesn’t have to be a daunting task. With patience, consistency, and the right techniques, you can teach your dog to greet people politely. Remember, every moment with your dog is a training opportunity. If you’re struggling, don’t hesitate to seek professional help. At Prodogz Dog Training in Medford, we’re here to support you every step of the way. And hey, your guests will thank you for it!

Special Note from Prodogz Dog Training: Thank you for stopping by. I hope you enjoyed our free training blog. While you're here, feel free to browse the rest of our website and learn more about how to train your puppy. Prodogz Dog Training is your one-stop dog training facility for positive reinforcement dog training in Medford, Southern Oregon, and the Rogue Valley. Please visit our Schedule page to see when our next basic obedience class is scheduled to start or call Jason at 541-608-2857 to schedule your one-on-one private training session with you and your dog.