Does your dog have a tendency to jump when excited? I'm going to guess the answer is yes. Dogs of all sizes and breed have a natural instinct to jump. After all, this is a component used in the wild to catch their prey. While jumping is usually harmless, there are circumstances in which it can lead to adverse health problems. To learn more about the problems associated with jumping and how to stop it, keep reading.
The single most common health problem associated with jumping in dogs is early arthritis. Just as us humans can develop arthritis -- inflammation of the joints -- so can dogs. In fact, some studies suggest that as many as 65% of all dogs will develop arthritis in their lifetime. This condition is more common in older dogs due to the natural wear and tear of the joints and supporting structures, but all dogs can succumb to arthritis, regardless of age.
When a dog constantly jumps up and down, it increased the wear and tear of their joints; thus, placing them at a greater risk for developing arthritis and similar conditions of the joints. With that said, jumping should only pose a risk to a dog's joints if they are jumping on or off a hard surface, such as hardwood or laminate floors. If they are jumping outside on the grass, it will absorb a significant amount of their pressure and weight.
How to Stop Your Dog from Jumping
Now for the million-dollar question: how do I stop my dog from jumping? To better answer this question, you must first identify the reason for your dog's jumping. Many dogs jump for the sole purpose of getting their owner's attention, in which case you should ignore your dog. If your dog jumps when you first get home, as hard as it may be, ignore your dog by giving them the cold shoulder. After a while, your dog will realize that jumping isn't getting your attention, so they'll stop this behavior.
Of course, some dogs jump to reach the bed, couch or other furniture. In this case, you should consider investing in Puppy Stairs or Ramps. Accessories such as these will allow your dog to reach elevated surfaces simply by climbing instead of jumping, which in turn reduces unnecessary wear and tear on their joints.