How To Train Your Dog To Greet Visitors In 5 Easy Steps
If Fido leaps on everyone who comes through the door, check out these tips on how to train your dog to welcome visitors nicely.
Every time I have guests around, the time is the same: I try to plan everything out, so my dogs are outside before my guests come.
If I don’t, they rush the door, with Gracie bouncing around like a cat on a hot tin roof and Lucy urgently trying to make (then inappropriately sniffing our visitors).
It is awkward and irritating.
There must be a more effective strategy.
Well, I did discover it, and today I’m going to share it with you!
How to train your dog to welcome visitors.
Since I’ve been to other people’s houses without being attacked by their dogs, I knew it was possible to train your dog to be friendly to guests as soon as I walked in the door.
After experimenting with several training techniques, these are the steps I followed to finally teach my dogs not to jump all over our guests.
Check them out and give them out to your pup!
1. GET A DOORBELL OR KNOCKING FACILITY.
My dogs go into a tailspin when the doorbell rings. Even just hearing one on television makes them upset!
Your house probably runs the same way.
You can either train your family not to ring the doorbell or prepare your dog not to bark.
In all honesty, dogs are far easier to train than people.
You don’t believe in me? Watch how many people blatantly ignore the “Please don’t Ring the Bell” sign you put on your door!
Try the following steps to train your dog to become less sensitive to the doorbell:
- Keep your dog on a leash and allow a friend or family member to knock on your doorbell while you are inside.
- When your dog hears the bell, order them to stop barking while securely holding the leash. Once your dog has calmed down, give him a chance to sit before giving him a treat and praise.
- Repeat this practice as necessary until he learns to walk without a leash and barks (this won’t take only one training session!).
- Second, teach the same behaviour using the same process while he is off the leash.
2. TELL HIM WHERE AND HOW TO SIT.
Now that he isn’t going nuts when the doorbell rings, teach your dog where and how to sit when someone knocks on the door.
To get this one, you leave the house and then return.
Unless your dog goes nuts every time you walk through the front door, you’ll need to depart anywhere from half an hour.
Try the following three steps to train your dog to sit nicely by the door:
- Ignore your dog’s jumping when you enter the door until she stops. I understand that this could be difficult, especially if a happy jumper welcomes you. However, ignoring it is crucial!
2. After your pup stops trying to get your attention by acting absurdly, show her where to sit close to the door and give her some treats.
3. Keep practising until she reclines in her chair as soon as you enter the room. Many accolades and rewards will be beneficial.
3. THE TIME HAS COME TO PRACTICE WITH OTHER PEOPLE.
Once your dog has mastered sitting nicely when you get home, it’s time to include other people.
Please start with just one person!
Come with a friend who doesn’t mind jumping and likes dogs to help you. As you did in the last step, tell your partner to ignore your dog until they sit well.
After that, have your friend praise and thank the dog. Stay with your dog and urge your friend to stay seated while he goes into the other room.
During your visit, you shouldn’t make your dog the centre of attention; instead, excuse your dog and take a quick moment to chat with your friend before continuing.
Work steadily toward the day when you can leave the room without the dog following you once you return. Call his name when it’s time for him to join you.
4. GROUP THE GUESTS BY NUMBER.
Even if your dog finds having many guests overwhelming, she must learn how to deal with it.
Once your dog has mastered all the steps, go to small groups. Again, choose those who adore dogs!
Repeat step 3’s steps until your dog has mastered behaving around crowded people.
5. CONTINUE TO BE PATIENT
Remember that you and your dog are both currently acquiring new knowledge! Give it a shot, even if it takes some time!
And most importantly, don’t scold or spank your dog. You don’t want him to think you’re not happy seeing him.
The objective is for him to nicely meet visitors rather than run away in fright whenever you come home and cower in a corner!
After putting these recommendations to the test on my dogs, I can attest that they work.
Having visitors around without my dogs going crazy and leaping all over them is such a comfort.
Please inform us of the status of your and your dog’s training. The best way to learn is still collaboratively, after all.