How to Stop Your Pit Bull From Jumping Up

It can be quite embarrassing and even dangerous. Your Pit Bull jumping up on a family member, friend, co-worker or boss even! Many people are afraid of pit bulls because of the bad press they have received. They might react in fear thinking they might be getting attacked. What should you do as an owner if your pit bull is jumping on everyone?

Luckily, it’s not terribly hard to stop your pit bull from jumping up on people. The right training accompanied with steadfast consistency will stop his jumping ways in no time.


Why do Pit Bulls Jump on People?

Excitement – Pit bulls are very playful and may show their enthusiasm through jumping up. They are happy to see people, smell them, lick their face etc. Just by sheer logistics, a pit bull can’t lick the face of an adult without jumping up! Really, how would they do it?

To Test Their Dominance – A pit bull will get very excited and want to play with you but he will also test you to see what he can get away with. Your pit bull jumping up on you can be his way of seeing if you will allow him to do that, so he can try to insert himself higher in the pack.

Repeated Behavior – Perhaps the jumping has occurred before and the behavior wasn’t properly corrected at that time and he is just doing what he thinks he is allowed to do. Maybe the pit bull is allowed to jump on the couch without being asked and sits or lies down on people. In turn, these people may pet the dog or give him a treat which is seen as rewarding this behavior

Tips to Stop Your Pit Bull from Jumping Up

Orderly Greetings – When you arrive home your pit bull will be overly excited probably more so than anyone else who may walk through your door. If he runs over to you licking, sniffing or jumping up, politely ignore him. The behavior will most likely continue. Respectfully walk him over back to his spot and tell him to sit. When you walk away if he follows, repeat the command.  After you have settled in, invite your Pit Bull over to greet you. Repetition and consistency will have your pit bull greeting you properly shortly.

Stoop to His Level – After you have given your pit bull the invitation to greet you. Make sure you bend over or kneel to make yourself accessible to him. When your pit bull sees you in this position it will teach him that it’s okay to give affection in this manner, plus he won’t have to jump up. After the greeting when you stand up and your pit bull jumps up on you, give him the command to get down. After he gets down do not pet him. This will only confuse your pit bull because you gave him a command to stop doing something and then rewarded him.

Limit Aggressive Play – Pit bulls are playful and will love nothing more than to engage in some old-fashioned grappling. Pit bulls enjoy this type of play and it will make them want to do it again. When you want to relax you may find your pit bull jumping on you, harmlessly initiating play. The pit bull will be unable to decipher when it’s okay to play and when it’s not and that you are the only one who can initiate it.

Teach and Use Basic Commands – One of the easiest commands you can teach a dog is “down”. Pit bulls are extremely playful so make sure there isn’t any lax when giving this fundamental order. After you tell your pit bull to get down, be sure that you or the person he jumped up on does not pet him. He will see this as a reward and it will not correct his behavior. When your pit bull jumps up on someone you want to say down and have him respond accordingly.

A simple way you can get your dog to stop jumping up on people is to carry around a clicker. Pit bulls are smart. Once they hear the clicker being used repeatedly every time they jump up on someone, they will soon catch on that it is no appropriate behavior.


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