You read how giving the dog a task to do, such as sitting on his bed, helps to distract him and gives you control. This sounds a great idea in theory, but in practice, you aren't sure where to start.
Indeed, this command has other benefits because it is a good distraction technique for dogs that tend to bark at visitors. When given a task to perform, such as going to bed, the dog is less likely to bark. You can also reward his action with an especially chewy treat bone and occupy him further, allowing guests to enter unchallenged.
Ben is a very friendly and loving dog. He loves to spend time with everyone and say hello. Unfortunately, we have a friend who is allergic to dogs. Every-time they come over, Ben overwhelms them, begging for attention, and present at every moment. I would like to train him to sit on his bed, not beg, be less needy and no always be present when we have guests.
Hello Amy, I would in general work on several commands that increase impulse control - this will take repetition and working him up to distractions gradually. Pup essentially needs an off-leash level of obedience to help with self-control, even though he is inside. One benefit of this, even though it will mean some work and time on your end, is that it should help pup learn better calmness and self-control in general and the training practice should stimulate him mentally, which can help him feel calmer and happier. Place: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O75dyWITP1s Out - which means leave the area: https://www.petful.com/behaviors/how-to-teach-a-dog-the-out-command/ Leave It method: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-shih-tzu-puppy-to-not-bite Quiet method: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-shih-tzu-puppy-to-not-bark Down-Stay - for a dog who needs to work on independence, practice this on a long training leash, working up to distance. https://www.thelabradorsite.com/train-your-labrador-to-lie-down-and-stay/ Leash method for jumping - if jumping is ever an issue with the greetings https://wagwalking.com/training/train-australian-shepherds-to-not-jump I would work up to pup doing a 2 hour place command, gradually adding distractions like toys and food being dropped, family entering and exiting the front door, and you dancing around silly. Pup's place can be their dog bed. Start with the basics of Place from the video I linked above and gradually make it harder as he improves, consistently returning him to place when he breaks command due to distraction, and keeping sessions frequent but short. I would have pup wear a drag leash while practicing to help you return him to place, but I would also practice walking toward pup, herding him back to Place, while calmly saying "Ah Ah. Place". Walking toward pup to get them to return to place helps some dogs think about what you want from them and learn to return better on their own, opposed to just being led back with the leash each time. You want to work up to pup handling all kinds of silly things when guests aren't there, including the front door opening, then recruit dog friendly friends who are willing to practicing entering and leaving your home over and over again to work up to pup being able to handle that distraction also. For guests who are not allergic, to have pup greet more calmly with those who can interact, once pup has stayed on Place for long enough to become calm and bored, then let pup get up to greet guests (with a leash on too to practice the leash method from the article linked above if pup jumps). I would instruct guests who want to greet pup to command pup to sit, then feed pup a treat under their chin (not holding it above their head or that encourages jumping), so that pup starts to expect to automatically sit to greet guests and has a go-to behavior that they can't do at the same time as jumping. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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