How to Train a Labrador Retriever to Not Jump

Medium
2-4 Weeks
Behavior

Introduction

It is easy to see why Labrador Retrievers are popular companions. Their lovable and loyal nature means that they are the dog of choice for guide dogs and are often used as police dogs and search and rescue dogs. However, due to their fondness for humans, it is common for young Labrador Retrievers to be over excited when they are around people and to jump up.

This is far from ideal if you are having visitors in your home and your Lab greets them by jumping up on them. When out on walks, it is important that your dog does not jump up on strangers, as they may not like dogs or being assaulted with muddy paws. This is rude and unacceptable behavior from your dog and you must teach him how to show respect to humans.  

Defining Tasks

Dogs usually jump up because they want to get your attention and be near your face. To do this they must jump,  as they are not as tall as us. During the training period, you must be sure to crouch or kneel down to greet your dog at their eye level. It is also a good idea to let any visitors to your home know as well, as they could undo all of your hard work by encouraging your dog to jump up at them.
Teaching your Labrador Retriever not to jump up should take anywhere between 2 to 4 weeks. Labs are intelligent dogs and usually pick up new skills quickly. However, it will be easier to carry out training if he is a puppy. Teaching your dog not to jump up if he is an older will be more difficult as you may have to undo years’ worth of bad habits.

Getting Started

In order to carry out this training, you will need to arm yourself with a positive attitude and lot of patience. Although the training won’t be hard to carry out, it will take a while for your Labrador Retriever to realize that jumping up will not get him the attention that he wants. You must be persistent and make sure that you follow the same rules in any environment. You will also need to get your hands on some tasty treats to reward him for good behavior. 

Now you are all set to begin the training!

The Ignore the Behavior Method

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Resist giving attention
Dogs jump up because they want your attention. One of the best ways to get your dog to stop jumping up at you is to resist giving him that attention.
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Break eye contact
When greeting your dog or playing with him, he will inevitably jump up at you. When he does so, break eye contact with him and turn around.
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Ignore
By doing this the moment he jumps up you are teaching him to associate jumping up with being ignored.
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Crouch down
Once he has calmed down, turn around again and crouch down at his level to give him attention.
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Turn around
If he again tries to jump at you, stand up and turn around, again ignoring the behavior. When he is not being rewarded for the behavior, he should eventually stop jumping up.
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The Make Yourself A Tree Method

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Play
Start off by initiating a game with your dog such as tug and pull with one of his favorite toys.
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Fold your arms
When he tries to jump up at you, fold your arms across your chest and break eye contact with him.
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Verbal command
In a stern clear voice, use a vocal command such as ‘down’ or ‘off’, whichever you think he will respond best to.
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Turn around
If he continues to jump up, keep your arms folded and turn around with your back facing him.
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Restrict eye contact
Eventually, when he realizes he is not getting the attention that he wants, he should stop jumping up at you. Be careful not to give him any eye contact when practicing this method.
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Reward
When he stops jumping up at you for at least ten seconds, you can then give him a treat.
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Repetition
You will need to practice these steps every time he jumps up so that he learns to associate jumping up with being ignored.
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The Walk Away Method

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Ignore him
When greeting your dog if he runs over to jump up at you, immediately ignore the behavior.
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Walk away
Walk away from him into another room if possible and close the door.
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Wait
Wait for at least 30 seconds and re-enter the room, Calmly greet your dog by crouching down at his level.
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Repeat
The moment he jumps up at you, walk away again.
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Reward
If you come back and he does not jump up, greet him calmly and give him a treat.
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