Bark Busters Offers Tips for Guests at the Door

Bark Bark Bark.... Jump Jump Jump.... Crazy Crazy Crazy!!!! After our guests ring the door bell, this is what we hear next. I don't think this is part of your door bell chime!
Most dogs are always excited when new people are coming into the house. We really don't want to eliminate this behavior because it can also act as a defensive/protective mechanism. What we do want to do (at least I do) is to not be embarrassed when anyone enters our house because they are constantly attacked by my doggies. The best way to accomplish this is to nip it at the bud. Here are some tips:
  • If you know that you will be having guests, put your dog(s) on a leash. As their arrival time approaches, make sure that they are fully engaged with toys or other distractions.
  • If you are in a community where you receive a phone call before your guest's arrival, grab your dog's leash a few moments after you have "beeped your guest in".
  • If you are in a community where your guests need no security check. Be sure that you are near your dog(s) around the time of your guests arrival. You can also keep them in the room with you until you hear the door bell. As soon as the door bell rings, take your dogs by the leash.
  • Now, your guest is at the front door. Calmly walk to the door with your dogs. Have them sit before you open the door.
  • Open the door and greet your guest. If your dogs start to jump or move, correct them and have them sit again.
  • If your dogs become too hyper, walk them ten or fifteen feet away and then return to your guest and have them sit.
  • Have a short conversation with your guest ("How was the traffic?, Did you have any problem finding the place?", etc.)
  • Now, walk with your dogs and your guest to where you will be spending your time. If the dogs seem to be calm (minimized adrenaline), drop the leashes.
  • If your dogs begin to jump, bark, or just go crazy, pick up the leashes and walk them around until they become calm. Then, simply drop the leashes.
What you are teaching your dogs is to be calm when you are meeting guests. The leash serves as a simple, non-physical training aid to for you to direct your dogs to make the right decision. It also allows you to be consistent in your direction of them.
As your dogs become "more polite" around arriving guests, still keep the leashes on them, but don't hold the leashes. This gives you a "backup option" if they start to get out of control. It also takes you to the next step of observing them to see if "they really got it".
What you have just done is to use body language and canine training techniques to easily direct your dogs in a way that they understand.

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