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How do I stop my puppy from jumping up at people?

Nick Jones (MA)

Nick Jones (MA)

Nick Jones has been a dog trainer and behaviourist since 1995 and runs Alpha Dog Behaviour LTD. Nick is a Master Dog Trainer from the Guild of Dog Trainers, a full member of the Canine & Feline Behaviour Association (CFBA) and frequently does Q&A sessions on the Petplan Facebook page where he tackles all manner of behaviour related questions.

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  1. Scooby Scooby on 18 September 2019 at 15:22

    How do i stop puppy from play biting as he bites my arm when i go to bed and really hurts sometime I’ve tried turning my back on him but he still jump up on my back

    • on 4 October 2019 at 06:56

      Morning Lynn, Our dog Behaviourist Nick Jones MA has given us some advice for you:
      “Maybe you have a larger breed as jumping up on your back would suggest this? In any event, you may be over exciting your dog with the play games in the home? Ensure that games are not excessive in the home. Is your pup getting enough opportunities to let off steam in the garden or playing fields each day? This is often the cause of excessive play behaviour in the home.

      If your pup is still getting too rough towards you then as already mentioned, ensure that the emotional temperature is not getting too high (avoid games of chase, tug or rough play in the home). Meet any hard mouthed behaviour with a clear ‘No biting’ and then stand up and walk away. Another approach approach for determined and naughty puppies is to place them out of the room for a 60 second time out. Leave him there to settle for a while and then allow back in. Repeat as needed until he gets the idea that you insist on calm, polite play with you.”

      Good luck & I hope you get to the bottom of this. Charlotte

  2. Janice Kordek on 15 October 2019 at 21:06

    I also have a puppy that bites my hand and my arm sometimes even though he has plenty of excercise in the park in the morning and then a 30 minute walk on a lead in the evening when he’s out he’s brilliant it only happens at home can you give me some advice please

    • on 17 October 2019 at 14:27

      Hi Janice, I will pass your query on to our behaviourist Nick Jones MA and ask for some advice. You will hear from us shortly. Charlotte

      • on 21 October 2019 at 07:45

        Morning Janice, Nick has sent us some advice for you.

        Out of the many questions I receive on puppy behaviour, this has to be the top of the pile. A few key points for you to consider:
        Avoid over exciting your puppy and ruffling it up with your hands as this will easily result in mouthing and attempts to grab your hands, wrists and clothing, so keep your interactions calm and ensure that you have a solid rope type toy so that he can chew and bite down on that instead of you as we need to accept that the need for chewing is natural at this age, so it’s a more a case of diverting that attention away from your hands onto something that is acceptable to chew and bite on.
        Avoid rough games such as tug and chase as this will also wind him up and then as the excitement levels increase, so the biting is likely to increase with it.
        If you’re doing all of the above and still being bitten then you can issue a firm (but not loud) ‘No biting’ and then simply stand up and stop the interactions until calm returns. You will need to be consistent in this approach and also ensure that all other members of the family are following suit and to supervise children that may be encountering the same issue as you will need to address the pup’s behaviour on their behalf.
        It is a phase that will pass in time, but we can ensure that the phase is as short and low grade as possible by taking into account the above points.
        Good luck,
        Nick

        All the best, Charlotte

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