How do I get my Golden Retriever to stop jumping on people?

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jerryandashley: How do I get my Golden Retriever to calm down and stop jumping on people?
I have a 4 month old golden retriever and he is the most energetic dog I have ever met. Everytime I go outside he jumps on me and scratches me. He has taught my other dog to do the same thing. What do I do?

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Answer by jnetcrum
I have a 6 month old golden retriever that was doing the same thing. When he does it, I fold my arms and turn away from him. While constantly saying “No, Stay Down” or “Down”. Now he doesn’t do it anymore. I also got him a stuffed toy that he goes to 1st now to get when I get home besides jumping on me.

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  1. dressagegirl89 says

    Your dog needs to be trained – he knows how to sit, lie down, but now he needs to learn not to jump.

    This is sort of a lack of respect issue – the dog isn't respecting your space. Next time you go outside, open the door and when your dog jumps on you, walk through him – knock him over if he's in the way. Teach him that you're boss, you go where you want and he had better watch out!

    Its easiest to work with dogs one-on-one so I would tie up the other dog. Work on a leash too, make sudden turns, go up and down stairs – make sure the dog is mirroring YOUR movement. When each dog is going well on their own, work them together on leashes doing the same thing.

    It might yield immediate results, it might take a while. Be patient and consistently tell your dog "No" each time he jumps. Jumping dogs can be very frustrating, I know!!

  2. Fields of Gold says

    I agree with Weimaraner Mum. I call it the 5 minute rule. I always walk in and completely ignore my dogs, no eye contact whatsoever and fold my arms across my chest. I then carry on about my business and after 5 minutes when they have all calmed down, I walk over to each of them in turn and put my arm across their shoulders and tell them what good dogs they are. By doing this you are establishing the Alpha role in the pack because this is exactly what the Alpha
    Wolf would do in the pack. They know by my body language that I don't want them leaping all over me and will back off when they see they are not getting the attention they want.

    It was really hard to do this because the first thing you want to do is make a fuss of your dog when you enter the house but if you don't want a dog leaping at you, or your family and friends, this is the best thing to do. You will earn their respect much quicker if you abide by this rule.

  3. Weimaraner Mom says

    While most of those responses are good, I've found that kneeing the dog in the chest and squeezing the paws absolutely do nothing to stop a dog from jumping. I have a Weimaraner and they are extremely energetic dogs like goldens, and as a pup she jumped up and she would scratch my legs and hurt. I tried all of those methods and nothing worked she continued to jump up on me, guests and everything else.

    First of all when dogs jump up on you it's because you aren't pack leader, followers do not jump on the pack leader. Second of all they want attention. You can tire the heck out of the dog all you want but if they don't know not to jump up on you they will continue to do it, and let's face it after the dog has been cooped up all day and you come home from work, before you can even get them out the door to tire them out they jump, so having someone to tell you to tire them out doesn't work when you first walk in the door. This is a method that the trainer told me to use and trust me it worked.

    When you walk in the door, DO NOT greet your dog, do not acknowledge your dog and do not make eye contact, walk in as if the dog does not exhist. Now he's gonna go nutty and he's going to jump, walk in and do not stop keep walking, go about your business, a dog cannot jump on a moving target. When he puts all four on the floor next to you, pet him, do not say anything in a high happy voice cause that just gets them going again, if he jumps up when you pet him, STOP and walk away. Next time you see all four on the floor, pet again.

    Everyone in your house must do this exactly any deviation from it will only confuse the dog. Guests must also follow this method to not pet until he's calmed down.

    If you keep this up in about a month or less time you will come home one day and your dogs feet will not leave the floor, he will just stand wagging his tail and waiting until you greet.

    Even now 2 years later I still come home and ignore the dogs and occassionally my weim has jumped up, but not on me, I walk past and continue upstairs until they've calmed down somewhat then I will greet them.

    Remember all they want is attention, even negative attention (NO, DOWN, OFF) is attention. Ignore the behavior you DON'T want (jumping up) and reward the behavior you do want (all four feet on the floor), this goes for every behavior.

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