7 Reasons Why Your Dog Jumps and Bites You On Walks + 4 Tips

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Sometimes dog owners can be at a loss when trying to figure out why their dog jumps and bites while on walks. I am sure that it is very frustrating to have to deal with this dog behavior issue. You might be wondering why your dog does this. Well, the answer isn’t always clear-cut as there are many different reasons that can trigger a dog’s jumping and biting behaviors on walks.

In this blog post, we will explore some of the most common causes for this unwanted behavior in dogs!

Here’s Why Your Dog Bites and Jumps While Walking?

Your dog jumps and bites while walking because they want to play more or want to get your attention. It’s also possible that some dogs do this out of frustration and anxiety. In some other cases, this behavior can occur from overstimulation or lack of training as a puppy.

7 Reasons Why Your Dog Jumps On You and Bites You While Walking

1. Some Dogs May Jump and Bite Out of Play

Some dogs jump up and bite simply out of play. This could be more likely if your dog is a puppy. You may notice that your puppy bites when they walk with their human friends or family members, especially children. It’s important not to let the other person have a negative reaction during these times because it will reinforce the behavior!

For your dog, jumping is the same as saying hello, and nipping or biting can take place when they’re overly excited.

Dog owners should be aware that a dog’s over-excitement may lead to aggression if the owner does not react in the right way. For example, yelling or scolding your dogs will only make their arousal levels increase and cause them to become more aggressive!

If any dog owner notices their dogs doing this, try an unusual noise such as a whistle to get their attention. This will help curb the excitement level. The dog owner should also work on commands like “sit” so that when they jump up at them, they are put in place by sitting instead of being allowed to access your face with their teeth!

2. Your Dog May Start Jumping Up and Biting You When They Don’t Get Enough Attention

Another common reason for a dog jumping up and biting is because they want your attention. If you have a dog that wants to be with you all of the time (velcro dogs), it’s important for them to get enough attention on walks or while at home. You may also notice that this behavior is worse after training sessions or after playing interactive games like play fetch or tug-of-war, so try taking breaks during these times!

As a dog owner, you have to teach your dog what is appropriate behavior. For example, if your dog jumps on you while at home and it’s not a play-time type of moment, then calmly say “off” to get them off without being rough with them (they need to learn quickly that this is bad behavior).

Your dog may also jump up when they’re excited or want attention from other humans like friends or family members. Be sure not to let someone else have a negative reaction during these times because it will reinforce the behavior!

3. Some Dogs Might Be Scared of Something in The Environment, Like Another Animal or a Noise

In some cases, when a dog bite and a dog jump occurs seemingly out of nowhere, it may be because the dog is scared. For instance, they might have seen another animal or heard a noise that made them jump and bite in fear.

When your dog sees something new for the first time, they can react by accidentally jumping and biting you. This could occur if you meet an unfamiliar person on your walk together – even though this stranger means no harm!

If there’s something scary up ahead, like thundering sounds of fireworks popping nearby, stay close to your dog and comfort them with words until it passes. It doesn’t take much before these situations turn into mishaps!

4. Your Dog Feels Frustrated

A dog may become frustrated when taken for walks. If the leash restricts them in any way, or the route of the walk is new and unfamiliar to the animal, they will feel stressed and need an outlet for their pent-up frustration.

A good rule of thumb is to keep their leash loose-fitting, so there’s less tension on your dog; this also helps with staying safe as well since it prevents accidents like getting tangled up completely by accident from happening at all – not just during those tense moments where you’re trying to figure out what direction would work best next!

5. They May Retain This Habit from Puppyhood

Puppies often express their excitement by jumping up and sometimes biting their owners (as in the case of teething puppies). Jumping shows both affection and excitement for the human. As the puppies mature into adulthood, biting and jumping become a sort of habit from puppyhood.

6. You’re Unknowingly Encouraging This Behavior

You might be unknowingly encouraging this behavior by petting or rewarding your dog when they jump up on you. When the doggie jumps, we often respond in one of two ways:

  • We move away and try to push them down off us.
  • We pat them to show affection (and maybe even offer a treat).

No matter which responses you choose, both of them encourage more leaping with the idea that there will be some sort of reward at the end like heaping praise from his owner as well as a tasty snack! And so our dogs learn jumping leads to good things while staying still doesn’t get them anything.

Even negative attention like scolding or pushing away is a reward for your dog because it means they are getting your attention, whether you’re happy or not.

7. Your Dog May Try To Assert Their Dominance Over You

If your dog finds the route of walks rather boring, they may want to go in a different direction. And if your dog is dominant, as you can guess, jumping and biting you is their way to push you into taking a different route.

How To Teach Your Dog To Stop Jumping and Biting While Walking?

Here are some tips that might help you train your dog to stop jumping and biting while walking:

1. Redirect Their Behavior

One of the many strategies recommended by dog trainers is to redirect the dog’s behavior. For example, if your dog starts jumping or biting during the walks, command them to sit and praise them for sitting by giving them treats and affectionate attention.

Another way to redirect their behavior is by offering a tug toy. Here’s how to use a tug toy to:

  • Get your dog to learn how to really enjoy playing tug at home and in the yard first by teaching him “take” and “drop it.”
  • Then practice using it during walks upon seeing them trigger from a distance.
  • Practice tugging in various locations – for example, while walking in a dog park or around the neighborhood.
  • When he starts jumping or biting again, offer them your bag of goodies instead: use the toy as bait for treats so that they’ll think all good things come from the tug toy! Your goal here is not only to redirect his behavior but also to provide him with an outlet for his energy and a way of displaying affection.

2. Ignore Them

As mentioned before, jumping and biting can be your dog’s way of trying to get your attention. When this happens, it’s best to ignore them and keep on walking with a neutral face or expression so that they don’t continue doing these things in hopes of getting some kind of reaction from you.

Instill in them the idea that the best way to get your attention is by staying on their four paws.

The trick here is not to look at the dog too much because when people look directly into their eyes, they are more inclined to do what they want to do. So maintain eye contact for only about two seconds before lowering your head back down again and keeping on walking.

3. Drain Your Dog’s Energy

Dogs that have too much excess energy often engage in destructive behavior. To avoid this, you need to provide your dog with physical and mental stimulation. Physical activities such as walks or games of fetch are a great outlet to release your dog’s pent-up energy.

Giving them toys to chew on, such as antlers or bones, will also help provide physical stimulation for hours at a time. Mental activities are just as important as well. These include training exercises like sit, stay, down, and brain games such as treasure hunt and the cup game or giving them an interactive toy.

There is no shortage of ways to stimulate your dog, so it’s up to you to decide which ones work best with your lifestyle!

4. Use Positive Reinforcement

You can use positive reinforcement training to stop your dog’s jumping and nipping problems. Here are some simple steps to get started:

  • Raise and reward your dog any time they are calm so that this is the behavior you want them to repeat.
  • If your dog starts to act out by jumping on people or biting at your feet, stop walking and make a loud noise (think “tsk tsk”) in an effort to interrupt their attention from what’s making them excited. A spray bottle can also be helpful if necessary.
  • Continue walking with your dog when all of his/her paws are on the ground, pausing every couple of seconds as needed until they learn that they won’t get what they want by jumping.


So, now you know the primary reason why your dog jumps and bites you on walks. Well, that’s because they’re just so excited! They see all of these new smells, people coming up from behind them, or other dogs passing by. It’s a very exciting time for your dog.

You may need to change how you approach this situation if it is becoming too much of an issue for both parties involved, but remember to be patient with them as they adjust. They love you and want nothing more than to please you when out together in public places!

Related Questions

1. Why Does My Dog Bite My Feet and Ankles When I Walk?

There are a few potential reasons why your dog might be biting your feet when you walk. One possibility is that it’s a hardwired behavior, maybe they’ve been bred to do this as part of their hunting or herding instincts. Another possibility is that they’re teething and the sensation of biting provides some relief for them.

2. Why Does My Dog Jump up Suddenly When Lying Down?

One of the most common reasons why dogs jump up suddenly when lying down is because they’re afraid. Dogs may startle awake and jump up out of fear if they hear a loud noise or if someone comes into the room.

Another possibility is that the dog is experiencing a sleep disorder, such as restless leg syndrome, which can cause them to jerk awake and jump up.

Finally, there are some medical conditions, such as anal gland impaction, that can cause a dog to jump up in pain. If your dog is experiencing any of these issues, it’s important to talk to your veterinarian.

By Andrew Garf

Andrew Garf has loved dogs, especially German Shepherds, since he was 10 years old. Though he also loves burgers, training dogs is his real passion. That's why he created the website TrainYourGSD.com - to help dog owners learn how to properly train, care for, and bond with their German Shepherd dogs.