How Do You Train a Dog to Stop Jumping on People?

It’s happened again and again your family is out for drinks at a restaurant or party when your dog jumps up onto a chair or table and starts sniffing around like he owns the place. You’re about to yell “no” and drag him off, but then you remember that one of his favorite tricks is bouncing on people. It looks cute, so you let him bounce once before saying something stern. But by the time you get home, he has already bounced several times. What gives?

 

If this sounds familiar, there are plenty of reasons why dogs have trouble learning new behaviors. For example, if they’ve been rewarded for an unwanted behavior in the past, they’ll be more likely to repeat it because they know what works. In addition, some breeds of dogs tend to think jumping is part of being a puppy. A good rule of thumb is …

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