How To Stop Your French Bulldog From Jumping on People?


No matter how much we love our dogs, we can still get annoyed by their silly and frustrating behavior. Frenchies are known as affectionate and lovable dogs that thrive for attention. That’s why it’s nothing odd to see them jumping on other people as a way of greeting.  Although those situations may seem funny to you, they can be quite disturbing for people and kids who are afraid of dogs. That’s why we want to reveal the topic ‘How to stop your French bulldog from jumping on people?’

Why do dogs jump up on people?

The main reasons for your Frenchie’s jumping behavior are excitement and the will for dominance. By jumping on others, dogs simply want to become noticed. Since this behavior is not thrilling for everyone, it’s important to teach your pooch to greet others more politely. Dogs who jump on people and kids can cause not only unpleasant situations but also accidents. It can be quite dangerous for older people and kids who don’t expect that someone’s dog would suddenly jump on them.

Why do dogs jump up on people?

The main reasons for your Frenchie’s jumping behavior are excitement and the will for dominance. By jumping on others, dogs simply want to become noticed. Since this behavior is not thrilling for everyone, it’s important to teach your pooch to greet others more politely. Dogs who jump on people and kids can cause not only unpleasant situations but also accidents. It can be quite dangerous for older people and kids who don’t expect that someone’s dog would suddenly jump on them.

How to train a French bulldog not to jump on people?

We are sure that almost every dog owner finds it cute when his/her dog jumps to say hello. Whether it’s the moment when you get back home from work or when you reward him/her with a treat, our dogs are the only beings who truly get happy to see us.

Training your Frenchie not to jump on you takes persistence and patience. Depending on your dog’s personality you’ll need more or less time to teach him certain boundaries. The best time to start with teaching your dog not to jump on others is from his 6th month of life.

Tips for teaching a French bulldog not to jump on others:

  • Turn your back

When your dog starts to uncontrollably jump on you, it’s important to show him that you’re not thrilled by such behavior. Turn you back and cross your arms so your dog can ‘read’ your body language. Dogs are smart animals, so they’ll figure out if they’ve done something bad by monitoring their owner’s body language.

  • 'Off' command

Another way to prevent your Frenchie from jumping on people is to use a firm ‘off command’. Turn your back and speak loudly and firmly the word ‘off’. Repeat the command whenever he jumps on you or others.

  • Do not use rewards for jumping behavior

We all know that dogs get thrilled to smell the snacks in their owners’ hands. That’s why it’s important to calm your pooch before rewarding. Tell him to sit down and patiently wait for a treat. Don’t reward him until he completely calms down.

  • Do not shout

Shouting is not allowed. You should stay calm and use only a firm voice during training lessons.

  • Do not show too much emotion

The key thing to prevent your dog from jumping on others is not to react emotionally every time you come back home. Do not show too much emotion because it can only induce unwanted jumping behavior in your Frenchie.

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