Dog Training & Behavior: Why Do Dogs Jump?
Dogs Jump To Greet You At The Mouth
Since dogs like to greet each other with licks to the mouth—a habit that is established very early on between a dam and her puppies—this is how your dog will naturally try to say hello to you, too.
Being that you are a human biped that stands erect, this generally means a whole lot of jumping will be going on as your dog attempts to greet you by planting a dog-style kiss on your mouth!
This behavior, though incredibly endearing, can easily lead to a dog jumping wildly out of control to say hello to everyone it meets, making introducing them to guests or people they meet on the street a bit of a nightmare.
So how do you curb this natural dog behavior and train your dog to politely meet new people without jumping on them?
The first step, first and foremost, starts with you: if you don’t want your dog to jump on other people, you can’t let them jump on you!