Jumping: It's more than bad manners


We manage jumping based upon the motivation, so jumping on people will be handled differently than jumping up on the couch or counters.

Impulse control is an area which puppies and dogs often struggle the most when it comes to behavior problems. It takes conscious effort and repetition to break the bad habits we've allowed and create new, better manners.

Jumping up on people

Usually, pups jump up on us (or bark at us) for attention or to get something we have, this is not good manners so we want to send that message.

Respecting each other's personal space AKA our bubble!

The rule is, "4 on the floor". In other words, if your paws are up on me or the furniture, you will NOT get any attention or rewards.

Disengage all attention. Stand up if sitting, pull your hands up to your chest, look up to the ceiling and turn around (do a 180*).

Do not say anything, look at them or put up your knee, push them off etc (those are forms of attention).

Wait for the jumping to cease and all 4 on the floor (standing, sitting or laying down are all acceptable).

As soon as the jumping stops, you should re-engage and ask for a sit, then praise and give some attention/pets.

Repeat as needed, this behavior will decrease and eventually stop as it becomes less effective at getting the pup what they want.

OFF! Jumping up on the couch, bed, table, counter etc.

For use when paws are up on something like the counter, couch, bed, tables etc

Not for use when jumping up on people (different technique to handle that, see above).

When 2 or 4 paws are not on the floor, we use the off cue to assist with getting your pup back on the ground. The rule is "4 on the floor".

We will use a toy, treat lure or touch cue to get your pup to jump off of the bed/couch if physically able, or to put their paws on the floor (Ex: when jumping up to sniff the counter top).

We don't want to physically move them or put them down, they must do this on their own.

We get pups attention, show them we have a treat (put it to their nose) and have their nose follow your hand down and off of the furniture.

Once all 4 on the floor, say "good off!" and reward

Repeat as needed, this behavior will stop once we are consistent. Then, when they stop and sit in front of us automatically, they can start earning coming up with our permission.

To get ahead of this behavior, start to ask for a sit before they jump up!


Make a bubble boundary around you with treats and toys that acts like a force field. As pup approaches, toss toys or treats away from you a few feet, as they return ask for a sit at the boundary line, the game can continue as long as they stop at the boundary line. The game is over if they cross over it.