Jumping up is a cute behavior in puppies, but it gets old fast, especially when that puppy becomes an 80 lb adult! This is the kind of obnoxious behavior that can make an otherwise great dog a nuisance that visitors and even family members start to avoid.
Look at things from your dog's perspective.
He's excited, he wants your attention -
how can he get it? He jumps up on you.
You tell him to stop and push him off,
he's gotten what he wanted - and so he
does it again, because he's learned that
THIS WORKS. You need to teach your
dog that calm behavior will work better
to get him the attention he wants.
The next time your dog tries to jump up
on you, turn your body to the side so
that he slides back down, and ignore
him. Don't look at him, don't talk to him,
don't acknowledge his presence in any
way. At first, he may think he just needs
to jump MORE to get your attention,
so you have to stick with this until he
stops jumping. As soon as he shows any
sign of relatively calm behavior, such
as standing with all 4 feet on the floor,
immediately give him a treat and praise
him. If your dog is trained to sit, have
him do this before you give him the treat
and the praise. The goal is to make it
clear to your dog that sitting calmly is the
best way to get the attention he wants.
Breaking unwanted behavior takes time.
Expect that you will have to repeat this
exercise over and over before your dog
"gets it." Even then, he probably won't
be perfect every time. Be patient, be
consistent, and make sure that everyone
else in the family is doing exactly the
same thing. Different reactions from
different people will confuse your
dog and undo your hard work.
Products that can help
Training your dog to stop jumping can be a difficult task. Chronic jumpers can be a danger to themselves, other dogs, and people. For some dogs, the use of a specially designed harness is required to discourage this habit. You may also want to try offering a healthy treat, such as Drs. Foster and Smith Tasty Snacks, for their effort and to keep encouraging their good behavior.