November 21, 2011, Training Tips, Taurus Dog Training
Holidays are full of hustle and bustle. Frankly, our furry friends can feel a little frazzled with all the activity of the holidays, and overly excited about new people coming over. The holidays are a fantastic time to work with on your pup greeting people at the door politely.
Start with your immediate family: have someone in the household ring the bell (or knock; if your dog goes crazy when the doorbell rings, disable it until she learns how to behave at the front door) while you have your dog sit far enough from the door that the family member can enter. Use your body (or a leash and training collar/harness) to help your dog maintain a 'sit', feeding her special treats as the person enters.
She will learn what you want her to do at the front door, and associate that with the yummy treats. Family members are not as exciting as strangers, so if your dog is doing very well when Dad or little sister knocks and enters, you can move on to new people. Eventually your dog will have a reliable sit command, and your guests will be able to give him the treats!
This drill takes a little time, but is very worth the effort!
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