Dogs do not speak the same language as you do and hence they jump on you to communicate many different things. To put a light onto this behavior, below are the reasons why dogs jump on you when you get home. 

One of these reasons may be to grab your attention. Invariably, once they do jump on you, you end up diverting you attention towards them. On getting home, if your dog jumps on you, it couldalso be because they are excited to see you and have missed you. So it could just be a simple way to say hello! If your dog is close to you, it may also jump on you to get love or show love.

Another reason why dogs tend to jump on their owners may be to establish control and dominance. If your dog jumps on you and instead of doing so happily and playfully, they end pushing you away or cling to you, it may mean that they aren’t just saying hello to you.

Dogs are intelligent creatures. They tend to smell danger quickly. So if your dog is the kind who usually doesn’t jump on you and is doing so now, all of a sudden – you must pay attention to it. Take a step back to see if your dog is hurt or if anything else is out of usual. If jumping is registered as new or a change in usual behavior, then you should not take it lightly and look for possible anomalies.

Dogs also tend to jump if they have poor social skills. In order to communicate, they might just jump on any and everything. Some dogs just like to inspect and put their paws on everything. It might get better if you take them to new places and help them experience new things.

If you’re coming home with someone who is a complete stranger to your dog, your dog might jump on you out of fear and lack of confidence caused by the presence of a stranger.

If your pet loves to play and is usually very high on energy, it is possible that when they aren’t getting any exercise or a chance to play, they have a lot of pent up energy in them. When you come home and your dog jumps on you, it may mean that they simply want to go out and play because they are bored. You can make things better with them by taking them out on a walk or a run.

If you have issues with your dog jumping on you and it surprises you every time, you can make things better by ignoring them when they do so. Giving them a loveable response will obviously encourage them and being angry with them may make things worse. If your dog jumps on you, you can simply turn your back towards them to let their energy die down and also to show that you disapprove. Doing this for a couple of weeks will make your dog realize, they are doing something wrong and gradually they will stop.  

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Bringing a new pet home is a big event for any family, but it can be jarring for your new companion. Take time to prepare before introducing your new family member to their new home so they can transition smoothly. Some cautious steps early on can make a big difference in helping everybody adjust.

Be patient and gentle with your new family member.

Petfinder points out that the first few days in a new home are vital for any pet. They will likely be confused about what is happening and they won’t know what your expectations are right away. If you are adopting a rescue pet, they may be even more fearful about their situation.

Don’t wait until the pet gets into your home to decide what your expectations are. Know where you will and will not allow the pet to be and stock up on basic supplies. If you can keep your new companion on the same food they were on in their former home for a while, that is typically best.

Set up a safe place for your new pet during the transition.

Cats will often adjust fairly quickly to a new home, although they may lay low and hide for a while. Start them off in a small room like a bathroom where they have access to food, water, and a litter box, and give them some space to explore and adjust on their own timetable. They may take a few days to venture far from their safe space, but most cats will gain confidence fairly quickly.

Bringing Your New Pet Home: Tips For Ensuring A Smooth Transition

When it comes to dogs, there is typically more work that needs to be done during this transition period. The Humane Society suggests bringing your new dog home on a weekend when you have a couple of days available to stay close by their side as they adjust.

Even if your new dog is already housebroken, they may have some accidents early on, so the kitchen may be a good spot for them during their transition. Most experts recommend crate training dogs, so have a crate ready for your new pooch and let them explore the it a bit on their own.

Keep the new pet’s world small at first and remove items that could be dangerous

Spend some time dog-proofing your place before Fido arrives. As Petco details, cleaners and chemicals need to be put up high and remember that medications and foods like chocolate and onions are dangerous too. In addition, items like plants, rugs, and fragile belongings may need to be moved, and baby gates can be helpful in these early days.

Your new family member will probably adjust best if you keep visitors away for a few days and focus on bonding as a family. Teach children how to approach your pup and keep a close eye on them to make sure they are gentle and give your dog some space. Put together a reliable routine right away focusing on sleeping, feeding, toileting, and exercise.

Build up to excursions away from home and introducing them to others

You will be anxious to take your dog for long walks and have fun with them, but take things slowly and read your pup’s cues for when they are ready for more. Getting them out and socialized is important, but doing too much, too soon can backfire, especially if they are a rescue dog.

Adding a pet to the family is exciting for everybody involved, but the process can be stressful for the animals. Prepare your home before their arrival and give them an opportunity to explore and settle in before expecting too much of them. You will likely have this pet in your family for years to come, and those early transition days will have a big impact on how smoothly the relationship progresses.

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Author:  Jessica Brody  (OurBestFriends.pet)