Why do dogs jump up on people when greeting?

Whether we go over to a friend’s house or whether we have a friend over, why is it that our dogs will jump up on people when greeting. It is a very strange act and seems to be often repeated. This article will not only explain some of the reasons as to why a dog will do this, but also some little prevention tips just in case it happens to cause a fuss each time someone comes to your house.

Dogs like to know that they are safe, we have seen this when we look and study their behaviour, it is obvious that there are quite some insecurities amongst dogs and they have to make checks to make sure that everything is safe. Of course, they could easily just stay away from the person upon arrival, but no, one of the main reasons why dogs will jump up on people is a way of dominating. They want to show that they are the tough one and by acting aggressive and even playful they can achieve what they want, which is dominance.


Another reason as to why dogs jump up on people is because they are being playful, not all dogs want dominance and sometimes they may not have much contact with others thus them being playful and active upon the persons arrival, this can then lead to the dog jumping up on the person. It can actually lead to many other acts in the household due to this almost hyperactivity, but eventually the dog will get worn out and take a rest.

Another reason a dog may do this is because they are being aggressive and almost cocky, they are looking for further dominance whether they are feeling insecure or not and they can do this by walking all over you. Of course, if you respond by trying to be the dominant one you may find that the dog will get violent. So don’t give it what it wants, treat it with love and care, it gives the dog almost a sense of confusion and hopefully it will work in your favour and the dog will leave you be.

Of course, there are a many more reasons as to why dogs will carry out this act, but it is natural in some cases, dogs are playful, dogs are aggressive and sometimes dogs want to be and feel like the dominant one. Even though the dog may not see these actions as a problem, it can sometimes be inappropriate, especially if you are having an important guest over. So, here are a few tips you can follow in order to prevent your dog from carrying out the acts I described.

The first tip I have is to leave the dog in a room with a closed door when the guest comes round, make sure you have put the dog somewhere where it cannot cause any problems to the guest. If you are looking for a more creative way to keep the dog busy, you could even let it go outside in the back yard to play for the duration of the guests stay. However, sometimes it can be difficult either way, so if you are looking for a way to stop it from happening all together, get a friend who you trust to take your dog for a walk. You can even ask them to look after your dog for a few hours, it is completely up to you, there are a variety of ways in which you can prevent a dog from doing this, but it depends on who is coming round and whether or not the dog jumping up would be a problem. Make your own judgments and it can make things much easier, but above are a few tips you can take into consideration if it ever was to happen to you.

It is my hope that this article has told you why dogs will jump up on people upon greeting, whether it be in the house or whether it be out and about. There are many ways in which you can avoid this, but it depends on your personal preferences. Make your own decisions using the guidance provided above.

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