Why Does My Dog Jump And Bite Me When I Come Home?

Why Does My Dog Jump And Bite Me When I Come Home?

Jumping and biting are normal behaviors in dogs; however, the problem arises when these behaviors become difficult to control. I remember my dog jumping and biting me whenever I come home from work. Although he doesn’t do it anymore, I have also been where you are, experiencing the same set of doubts, always wondering what could be causing these behaviors.

But why does my dog jump and bite me when I Come home? It could be something as simple as wanting to get your attention, but determining the reason can be difficult, especially if you have scratch marks and slight bite marks all over you with no explanation. He might simply be excited to play with you or suffer from separation anxiety. 

In this post, we will look at why dogs jump and bite when you come home.

Why Does My Dog Jump And Bite Me When I Come Home?

  • Your dog is trying to play with you

My dog jumps and bites me when I get home because he is trying to play with me. If you have a puppy, this will happen more often because they are very active and energetic to play with you and jump at you. 

  • Your dog is trying to get your focus on him

Another reason my dog jump and bite me when I get home is because he is trying to get my attention. You may be gone for the majority of the day, then return home and do other household chores while paying little attention to the dog.

The dog will be confused and try to draw your attention by suddenly jumping at you.

  • Your dog is having separation anxiety

Do you have a small puppy who is still adjusting to its new home and surroundings? If this is the case, he will most likely experience separation anxiety when you are away from home.

This happened to me, too, and I found that my dog jumped and bit me when I got home because I had left him alone for too long. 

  • Your dog is upset

Another reason my dog jump and bite me when I come home is because he is upset. When I don’t play with him for extended periods or when I don’t reward him with lots of treats for good behavior, my dog usually becomes upset and angry with me.

Sometimes, my dog also gets frustrated when I take a different route than usual when walking with him.

  • Your dog is overly energetic

My dog is a very active, large dog with a cheerful personality. He is constantly running around the house and going for walks. If this sounds like your dog and he is trying to jump and bite you, he may be overly energetic.

  • Your dog is displaying his puppy traits

Another reason could be his puppy traits. My dog is a little bigger now, but I remember him doing these things as a puppy to show his excitement at seeing me.

Your dog may be doing the same thing because he is still displaying puppy traits.

  • Your dog is motivated to do these behaviors

I also found that my dog jump and bite me when I come home because he has been motivated to do those behaviors. For example, when my dog jumps at me after I get home, I give him pet treats to calm him down.

My dog must have thought it was good to do around me because he gets rewarded for it. When your dog jumps up or tries to bite you, even a small hug or cuddle can make him think you approve of those behaviors!

How Do I Stop My Dog from Jumping Up And Biting Me When I Get Home?

If you are concerned about your dog’s bad behavior, remember that these behaviors are not always unusual. But sometimes, my dog jumps and bites me when I get home more than usual, and I, too, get worried.

In such cases, you must avoid any form of negative punishment, such as pushing away, putting on a leash, and so on.

Now that you understand why this occurs, it is time to begin proper training and figure out how to stop your dog from jumping up and biting you when you come home.

  • Try to change your dog’s behavior: One of the most effective ways to stop these behaviors is to retrain your dog for about 15 minutes daily. For example, if he tries to jump at you when you come home, you must command him to “sit,” and when he does so, you can reward him.
  • Try to pay less attention to your dog: You can also pay less attention to what your dog does. For example, if he tries to run around you and playfully jump at you, acknowledge him once with a small pat or a friendly expression. But if he does it repeatedly, try to ignore him and focus on your work.
  • Try to make your dog more social: If you are your dog’s only companion, he may become overly excited and active, trying to jump up and bite you. There is nothing to worry about because he simply expresses his love and affection for you in this manner. You should try to socialize your dog with other pets as well as family members/friends.
  • Try to reinforce behaviors positively: When it comes to training your dog not to jump up at you or bite you, it is crucial to reward all of his good behaviors correctly. You can use pet treats, chewing toys, verbal praises, hugs, and more playtime, among other things, to motivate your dog to listen to you.

Final Thoughts

You now understand why and how to prevent your dog from jumping up and biting you when you come home. You must also train your dog not to jump up or be aggressive in the presence of strangers.

Factors such as the dog’s breed, temperament, and age can all influence how they act around you. Certain illnesses can also irritate dogs.

Try to avoid making assumptions, and if you’re still confused as to why your dog is jumping up at you and biting, it’s best to consult a veterinarian to find out what’s wrong with your dog.

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Author

  • Dominic Parker

    Dominic P. is a dog behavioral researcher who graduated from the University of Surrey and holds BVMsi (Hons) in Veterinary Medicine and Science. He has been around dogs since childhood and has unconditional love for dogs. It makes him become a researcher instead of practicing as a veterinarian. Dominic enjoys his work and likes to share his findings with dog parents to give them a better understanding of dogs’ behaviors.

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