Dogs greet each other nose-to-nose and want to do the same with us. Since our noses are not at their level, they jump up to reach them.
Does your dog jump on you as if they’ve got springs on their feet? Like it or not, we humans are to blame. We not only permit this behavior, we encourage it.
We know we shouldn’t encourage jumping, but a fuzzy puppy is just too cute to resist. We forget that cute behavior in a puppy can become a real nuisance when he grows up.
Allowing your dog to jump on people can be dangerous, too. You can end up scratched and bruised. A child or frail adult can be knocked down and seriously injured.
Solving a behavior problem like jumping requires both management of the situation and training your dog.