Dog Training Tips for Bad Behavior At The Door and Guests
- Put your dog on a leash. As your guests’ arrival time approaches, make sure that your dog fully engaged with toys or other distractions.
- Play with your dog outside for 30 to 45 minutes before your guests arrive. This will help get the “excitement out of him”.
- As soon as you hear the doorbell or you get a call from the front gate, grab your dog’s leash by first putting you foot on the handle. Then, calmly reach down and pick up the handle. Have your dog sit next to you.
- Once you hear your guests at the front door, make sure your dog is still in a sit position. Calmly command him to walk with you and go to the front door. Have him sit again.
- Open the door and greet your guests. If your dog starts to become unruly or leaves the sit position, correct him and place him in the sit position.
- If your dog is still unruly, ask your guests to stay at the door for a moment. Walk your dog around the room and have him focus on you. Once he is calm, walk back to your guest and place your dog in a sit position.
- Have a short conversation with your guests while maintaining a close watch on your dog.
- Walk with your guests and dog into the house and to the area where you will be spending your time. If the dog does not show signs of excitement or misplaced focus, calmly drop the leash.
- If your dog begins to go crazy again, pick up the leash (method described about), walk around for a moment or two until he is calm, and drop the leash.