Coming home from a long day away from your dog can be exciting itself. You know you will be greeted with unconditional love and affection, and at least someone at home will be happy to see you. But if you are wearing nice clothes, or if you are carrying groceries or even a sleeping child, you probably don't want your dog overly excited, jumping all over you, or barking and making a lot of noise. If you want to avoid this type of greeting when you first walk in the door, you will need to teach your dog to greet you calmly. Imagine coming home from a long day at work and having the chance to change out of your work clothes and set down your packages before your dog shows his utter excitement. Your dog can learn to greet you calmly with patience and wait until you are ready to show affection.
Teaching your dog to greet you calmly when you walk in the door will take some time and patience. You may need a partner or friend to help as well. You can train your dog to greet you calmly a few different ways. Teaching your dog to shake your hand when you first walk in the door is a good start. This puts him in a seated position where he still gets your touch and affection but doesn't get to be wild, jumping all over you. You can also walk in the door and point to a mat or a bed and ask your dog to wait. At some point not too long after walking into the house, you will need to acknowledge your dog because he has missed you while you were gone. But it is entirely acceptable for your dog to wait a few minutes until you are ready. And giving him a special place to sit and wait offers him queue line of sorts. He will know when you are ready and will be in his special place waiting for your attention.
To teach your dog to greet you with calm manners, you are going to need tasty treats to offer for rewards. Having a special spot just for your dog to sit and wait patiently until you are ready for greeting could also make this a successful training. You could have a mat or a bed on the floor or just a particular spot that you have reserved just for your dog. This will take some time so have patience. Practice when you can during times that aren't tough and stressful, like the end of your workday or when your hands are filled with groceries.