To get your four legged buddy to stop jumping and nipping is to teach them that the behavior is unacceptable. The best way to do this is to ignore your dog when they start jumping.
For instance, if your dog gets too excited when you get home from work, you can stop your hyper dog from jumping by not giving them attention until they calm down.
Over time, they will learn that you only greet them or pet them when they are calm, and eventually, they’ll stop jumping at you in excitement.
How Do You Calm An Excited Dog?
When you notice that your dog is over-excited, what you need to do is to remain calm. If you respond to them with the same high energy, they will take this as positive feedback, which will then exacerbate their excitement.
Even if your response is negative, such as yelling at your canine buddy to calm down, or pushing them away when they jump on you, your doggo will interpret this as play and continue being excited.
When you remain calm, however, your dog will realize they are not eliciting any response from you, and will eventually calm down.
How Do I Teach My Dog To Calm Down And Relax On Cue?
Another way to stop your dog from jumping is to teach them to calm down and relax on cue. The best way to do this is to use commands that make it impossible for your dog to engage in excited behavior, such as jumping.
Good examples of such commands are “sit” and “lie down.” For instance, if your dog starts getting excited when a guest comes into your house and wants to jump on the guest, give them the “sit” command. It is impossible for your dog to jump while they are seated.
After some time, the excitement of seeing a new person will die down, and then you can allow your guest to come over and pet the now calm dog.
At What Age Does A Dog Calm Down?
Most dogs will calm down and shed the excitement and hyper-activity of puppyhood by the time they are 2 years old.
It’s good to note, however, that some dogs will remain hyper-active even after they reach full-maturity. For such dogs, you’ll need to do some obedience training and teach them commands that you can use to calm them down on cue.