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Dog Training: Stop Your Dogs from Barking and Jumping on Guests – Thriving Canine

d doors by their very nature are exciting and
mysterious who is on the other side family, friend or stranger dogs become on hi alert wondering if
this mystery guest is here too lavish treats and affection or to intrude with bad intent. They say to themselves do I prepare to play or do I prepare to to attack. They’re barking they’re excited. All of this excitement is happening for one reason – someone rang the bell! Dogs instinctively want to protect their
territory as well as their pack. House dogs have also been conditioned to become excited when visitors come by. A doorbell ringing or a
knock on the door for many dogs is a signal that something
good is on the other side. A dog barking to let us know that
someone’s at the door is perfectly acceptable. They’re just doing their job. Once we’ve
been alerted, it’s our job to manage our dog has we
greet and entertain our guests. If you are
confident that your dog has a solid down-stay or sit-stay, you will begin your
exercise like this. First you will place your dog
into position far enough away from the door to allow
your guests to enter freely. Next your fill in your guest. “Hey, I’m training the dogs so if you can just be patient come in quietly just totally ignore the dogs.” “Good dogs!” “Come on in. Don’t look at them.” “how’ve you been? how ya doing? Nice to see ya.” “Good dogs.” Remember, a down or sit-stay is an official command so don’t forget to praise and release. “now you can say hi.” – If you’re obedience
is not at this level try using a tether. I
always recommend having your tether ready at all times. You never know when
an unexpected guest may arrive. You can use a banister, table leg or
doorknob using this technique. When deciding where
to put your tether make sure it’s anchored far enough away
to allow your guests to enter comfortably should you dont make his way to the end
of the leash. When not in use, simply tuck it away. If you’re tethering your dog without any obedience command, your
exercise will look like this. “Hey, how’s it going. Hey, I’m training the dog so just come on in just don’t look at him or anything, just
walk right on in. Don’t worry about him we’re just training him right now just come on in
this way and I’ll have to say hi to him in a second. after you’ve greeted your guest and
given them the instructions go back to your dog, untie his tether and
bring him into the room on leash. Don’t worry about him just yet he’s still a little excited. So, we’re gonna wait for him to calm down. When he calms down I’ll let you say, “hi” or give him a treat or something like that… “So, how’ve you been?….”
The nice part about this technique is your dog gets to be included with the company and your guests are put in the
uncomfortable situation of getting jumped on. This is particularly important with non-dog people. Through this exercise your dog also learns that settling down brings
good things. It’s really important that you don’t
forget to praise good behavior. As your dog calms down allow your guests to say “hi” if they wish. the
idea here is to recondition your dog to realize that a guest coming to visit doesn’t
mean they can behave like a maniac and that good behavior gets rewarded. Practice this exercise as often as you can, even if you’re alone. it’s good for your dog to become
desensitized to door knocking doorbells and the front door being open
in general. Start on-leash with no obedience commands then work
your way up to a down-stay or a sit-stay on the leash. Nice thing about this is
that if they do break they can only get to the end of the leash.
If this does happen simply put them back into position and
continue with the exercise. One day you’ll be able to remove the
leash altogether. Enjoy your company! Thanks for tuning in Catch you next time.

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