How To Train A Boxer Dog NOT To Jump (11-Step Guide)

Want to know how to train a Boxer dog not to jump? Look no further.

Boxers are high-energy dogs that express their emotions freely.

When they are excited, which is pretty much as often as each time you come into the room, they tend to jump.

image of Brindle german boxer dog posing outdoors

This behavior is adorable while they are still baby Boxer pups.

However, once they are full-grown adult dogs, this behavior can be unpleasant and in some cases dangerous. 

In this Digdoggy.com guide, you will learn:

  • how to train your boxer dog not to jump on other people and you personally 
  • How to prepare for training your Boxer not to jump
  • People, tools, and supplies you’ll need for training 

And much more! 

What's In This Guide?

      What Do You Need To Know About Training A Boxer Dog Not To Jump?

      Know what your Boxer loves!

      When you train your Boxer, it is crucial to know what reward he loves the most.

      Some Boxers like toys, while some like treats. Find out what your’s loves and use that as a reward.

      Make sure that your Boxer is tired from exercising before you train him not to jump. If not, he will be so excited about the attention he gets from the training, he may not be able to sit still.

      Train your Boxer not to jump while they are still a pup, if possible. This breed is highly intelligent and can be trained at any age.

      How Often Should You Train Your Boxer Dog Not To Jump?

      Train your Boxer dog not to jump as often as you can, until he gets it. You can set aside a week and do a bit of training right after taking him out for his daily exercise.

      Being exhausted with less energy from his walk will help him focus.

      Plus, the treats you reward him with after his walk will be much more appreciated, as he will be tired and hungry at this point.

      One or two weeks of continuous training ought to suffice. Consistency on your part will reward you with an amazing, non-jumping Boxer.

      Supplies You’ll Need To Train Your Boxer Dog Not To Jump

      • A Harness
      • A Leash
      • Dog treats
      • An assistant
      • A doorbell

      Step 1: Put On A Harness And A Leash

      Have your Boxer on a harness and a leash. You get full control when you use a harness and will be able to restrain your Boxer at any given time.

      Step 2: Ring The Doorbell And Command Him To Sit

      Have your assistant ring the doorbell. The moment your Boxer hears the doorbell and reacts, command them to “sit.”

      Step 3: Praise Him When He Obeys

      Once your Boxer has sat, don’t give them a treat, but do give them praise.

      Use words such as “Good Dog.” and with a gentle pat on the head. 

      Step 4: Restrain them And Have The Guest Come In

      Using your foot, hold the leash on the floor with a bit of room for them to jump.

      Let your “guest” enter the room. Your Boxer will then move towards your guest but will be restrained by your foot.

      Your “guest” should then turn their back to the Boxer so as not to give them any attention.

      They need to do this without saying a word. Boxers consider words as rewards. Thus, silence is the key. Repeat the command “Sit.”

      When your Boxer does sit, sprinkle five treats on the floor. This will override the desire to go towards your “guest.”

      Step 5: Have The Guest Come Forward

      Have your “guest” come forward a few steps.

      Each time your Boxer makes a move towards your guest, repeat the word “sit.”

      When your Boxer sits, give them another five treats.

      Have your guest turn their back once more and move backward a few steps each time your Boxer makes a move towards your guest.

      You will thus not be rewarding their attempts to approach, but rewarding them each time he obeys by sitting by giving them five treats.

      Step 6: Have The Guest Come Forward A Bit More

      After each reward, have your guest move forward.

      Once your Boxer dog has learned to sit long enough for your guest to come and pat them on the head, reward them.

      Have your guest praise them and say a friendly hello, just as a real guest would.

      Step 7: Reward Progress With Treats

      At the end of this exercise, give another reward of treats and a lot of praise.

      The more often you do this exercise, the more reinforcement you give the correct behavior, thus training your Boxer dog very effectively.

      Don’t invite real guests over until they are fully trained, for best results.

      How To train your Boxer Dog not to jump on you personally

      To train your Boxer not to jump on you personally, follow these steps:

      1. Turn your back to them upon approach
      2. Maintain silence and walk backward a few steps
      3. Reward them when their paws are on the floor

      Step 1: Turn your back to them upon approach

      Once you see your dog about to approach you with a jump, turn your body and cross your arms over your chest.

      The most he can do at this point is jump on your back. Remain silent because he will consider your voice a reward.

      Step 2: Maintain silence and walk backward a few steps

      Take a few steps away as your back is turned and maintain silence.

      Once they drop down from the jump and shuffle towards you, reward them for paws on the floor.

      However, you must react the same way if he attempts to jump on you again. Turn your back and cross your arms on your chest.

      Step 3: Reward when Their paws are on the floor

      Essentially you are punishing them for the wrong move.

      As soon as their paws are on the floor, reward them with pats and happy words.

      Offer them a treat the moment they “get it” and have stopped making attempts to jump on you.

      Final Thoughts On Training Your Boxer Dog Not To Jump

      So there you have it, everything you need to know about training your Boxer dog not to jump either on you or your guests.

      Essentially it is all about rewarding the right behavior and punishing the wrong behavior. Being such a smart breed, Boxer dogs will most likely get the hang of it in no time at all.

      Remember, the more often you do training exercises with your Boxer dog, the sooner they will be trained about not jumping on people.

      Soon, you will have an expertly trained, non-jumping Boxer. 

      Jennifer Cosculluela

      Jennifer Cosculluela

      Jennifer Cosculluela graduated magna cum laude in Marketing from the State University of New York’s F.I.T and was a Presidential Scholar, specializing in Shakespearean Studies. She also has an AB Psychology Degree from De La Salle University Bacolod and when not writing, loves to spend time with her daughter Margarita and bake cookies and lasagna for her loving husband Sebastian.

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      Jennifer Cosculluela

      Jennifer Cosculluela

      Jennifer Cosculluela graduated magna cum laude in Marketing from the State University of New York’s F.I.T and was a Presidential Scholar, specializing in Shakespearean Studies. She also has an AB Psychology Degree from De La Salle University Bacolod and when not writing, loves to spend time with her daughter Margarita and bake cookies and lasagna for her loving husband Sebastian.

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