No one enjoys walking into a house where a dog is going to jump all over them. You want your dog to know when visitors come and go, and you would like him to keep your house protected. But you also want your friends and family to be able to come and see you while wearing nice clothing or carrying gifts without your dog jumping all over them. Teaching your dog to greet guests calmly is not only beneficial within your own home but also beneficial when your dog is out and about such as at your veterinarian's office. An excited dog can cause damage to clothing, other animals, or even your house. We may all know a house that has scratches all over the doors and windows because the dog jumps each time the doorbell rings. You don't want to be the one family member or friend no one wants to visit because your dog will not stop jumping on anyone who enters your home.
Teaching your dog to greet guests in a calm manner can be done in a few different ways. You can give your dog a special place to sit or lie calmly while he waits for visitors to come to him. You can teach your dog to shake hands with visitors before they walk in the door. This gives your dog attention and acknowledgment without your dog jumping all over your guests. While teaching your dog to greet your guests calmly demonstrates good behavior, it also builds on your dog's manners. A well-mannered dog will be a dog who gets more attention when you have company. Teaching your dog to greet guests calmly goes both ways as well. If your overall goal is to teach your dog manners, be sure to let anyone who comes into your house know the rules, so they do not encourage your dog to jump or greet them in wild fashion.
To teach your dog to calmly greet guests, you will need lots of delicious treats, a leash for at least one method, and a special place for your dog to be greeted once your guests are ready to say hello. This could be a spot on the floor near the door or a mat or a bed you teach your dog to go to when the doorbell rings. Dogs are excited when the opportunity arises to meet new people. Each time the doorbell rings your dog probably thinks it is a visitor for him. So have time and patience to teach these manners to your dog. You may want to recruit a friend to ring your doorbell now and then and assist with the training process.
HOW TO STOP DOG JUMPING ON VISITORS? AND HOW TO STOP HIM BEGGING FOR FOOD?
Hello Geeta, To stop Tuffy from jumping on your visitors, try the methods outlined in this Wag article: https://wagwalking.com/training/not-jump-on-strangers To stop Tuffy from begging for food, practice the methods outlined in this Wag article: https://wagwalking.com/training/not-beg-at-the-table Best of luck with training, Caitlin Crittenden
thank you very much, is my golden lacking attention and that is why he demands it from our guests?
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sorry i don't know how to send a photo, but i have a very large loving dog. HE IS 135LBS AND TALL. We were greatly affected by the hurricane this past year and have had to rebuild our house so lots of people in and out. Oggy goes up to everyone and demands to be petted and most are very nice and pet and play with him thinking he is super friendly and cute(which he is) But i am wondering if this behavior means he is not getting enough attention from us. My hubby suffered a stroke last year and is in a wc. I am giving him all the attention i can with walks in the park and he has free roam of a underground fence. ( i am my husbands sole caregiver) i want to start back into running again and would like to take him with me but he is always pulling me down. i thought that would be a good bonding experience with him. His golden 1/2 brother is totally different and quiet natured and just goes up to the door with his tail wagging. Please help me to make my dog happy. thank you
Hello Perry Ann, Many Golden Retrievers are exceptionally friendly to everyone no matter how much attention you give them, so them being friendly doesn't necessarily mean he is not getting enough attention - he may simply be extroverted. Running, walks and other obedience type exercises that work his brain and body are definitely good though. I suggest using a no pull device while also training him to pay attention to staying next to you. I suggest an easy walk harness, gentle leader, or prong collar (fitted high on the neck and tight enough that it gently touches the skin all the way around so that it will give an even correction and not hang loose - hanging loose can make it bump into the throat which isn't good, it is supposed to give a gentler correction even though it can look harsh). If you have access to a fenced in area, practice the "Turns" method from the article linked below in the fence first to make it easier in case he pulls. Make sure when he starts to move his face past your leg that you turn directly in front of him at a ninety degree angle quicky - if you wait until his entire head is past your leg it's hard to turn in front of him and turning in front of him will help him learn not to move ahead of you. Turns method: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-poodle-to-heel Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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