Rodrigo is a jumper. Blue was a jumper. Zoey is a jumper. The one thing these three dogs have in common is the herding breed – Border Collie, Australian Shepherd, Blue Heeler. Why Do Dogs Jump? Rodrigo jumps to get a closer look at something I have – a treat, a toy, a peanut; it could be the mail – he wants to do a sniff test; and maybe a taste. Blue jumped for a kiss. This is one of many ways Zoey is so similar to Blueberry. They were both affectionate and jumping was part of our day. Jumping Dates Back to the Wolf Packs Andrew Horan of Citizen K9 LLC, who is certified in canine training and behavior, shared that the “ritual of jumping is far more primal than that. When wolves would go out and hunt, they would drag the day’s meal back to the pack. ”I couldn’t associate this with our dogs’ behavior at first, but then Andrew shared that the “younger wolves would often try to get a taste of whatever was for dinner by jumping up and licking the adult wolf’s mouth. The taste of the kill added excitement, and the jumping paid off because they got a taste of it, so this behavior continued on to our current day dogs. This is a behavior that has been going on for thousands of years. ” What Our Dogs Are Saying When They Jump Amy Robinson, certified dog trainer and owner of Drool School shared the message that dogs may be trying to deliver in their jumping… 1.