Tips On How To Teach Your Dog To Greet People Politely At The Door

Posted on 13 July, 2020

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According to Dog Time - "We love coming home to our dogs. No one is more excited to see us and shower us with love as soon as we walk in the door. Our pups can sometimes barely contain their excitement! Unfortunately, that can become a problem.

Many of our dogs show that high energy and affection when other people come to our doors, too. And that enthusiasm can get a little overwhelming, especially when dogs jump up, scratch, or bark at visitors."

Get Started By Teaching Your Dog To Greet You

"Start by teaching your dog how to greet you politely when you come home, yourself. Teaching your dog how to greet you is going to teach them how you want them to behave in general when anyone comes in the front door.

First, give your pup the command to sit and stay when you walk through the door. Do not repeat commands, and ignore any rambunctious behavior until they do as you’ve told. If you must push your dog off of you, do so quickly and continue to ignore the behavior as much as possible.

This may take quite a bit of time, especially if this is the first time you’ve commanded your dog to do this. Stay patient. Wait for your dog to sit.

Once your dog is sitting politely, then you can greet your dog with lots of pets and speak to them in a calming voice.

You may even wish to reinforce the behavior by rewarding them with whatever motivates them most, whether it’s a toy, a treat, praise, or even a short walk outside. This needs to become a daily practice for your pup to really learn it. It will become easier and easier the longer you do it.

It might be a good idea to place a small mat near the front door so your dog learns that this is the mat where they must sit to greet visitors.

You can practice by going out and coming back in over and over again to help your dog understand and get the point of what you are are asking them to do."

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