By Ketan Panchal*

Everything starts with when you first get your puppy/dog at home. Teaching your dog how to greet you when you get home will help him learn how to greet guests when they come to your home. Place a “greeting mat” just inside your front door. When you come home, tell your dog to “sit” on the mat. Once he is sitting, calmly give him a treat and praise him in a calm voice. When he learns to greet you by sitting calmly, he will learn to greet your guests in the same gentle manner.

Invite a friend or guest who is not afraid of dogs

Once you’ve trained your dog to greet you calmly when you come home, it’s time to invite a friend or family member over who is not afraid of dogs. When your friend or family member knocks on your door or rings the doorbell, get your dog to sit on his “greeting mat.” Do not open the door until your dog is sitting calmly on the mat, no matter how long it takes. Praise your dog and give him a treat when he gets it right. 

Open the door and allow your friend or family member to greet your dog, talking to him in a calm voice and patting him. Ensure that your dog remains in a sitting position for the greeting. Tell your guest to have a seat. Your dog should remain in a sitting position until you give him the okay to join you and your guest. You may need to practice this routine with your dog numerous times, so choose a friend or family member who is patient, understanding, and loves dogs.

Invite Multiple Guests 

Once your dog has mastered greeting one guest, it’s time to invite different people over. Every time someone knocks on your door or rings your doorbell, have your dog sit on his “greeting mat” before you open the door. Allow your dog to sniff each new guest, and allow each of your guests to greet your dog calmly while he remains sitting on his mat. Be consistent and patient; this training process will take time.

Teach your Guests to Ignore Unwanted Behavior and not to make eye contact 

If your dog tries to jump on guests after they enter your home, teach them to ignore your dog. Have your guests turn their backs to your dog anytime he tries to jump on them after they enter your home. If they pet, talk to, yell at, or try to physically push your dog off themselves, it will encourage your dog to continue jumping on them. Once your dog realizes that he is not getting the attention he wants when he tries to jump up on your guests, he will stop the behaviour.

Don’t forget to reward him for Positive Behaviour. 

It’s important to reward your dog when he does something you want him to do. When you have guests over, reward your dog with a treat and praise when he calmly sits by you or your guest on the floor. Allow your guest to reward your dog’s good behaviour, too. This will help your dog learn that he will get attention for being gentle and calm with your guests. 

Teaching your dog to be calm and gentle with guests is important for avoiding potential problems. Following these guidelines, you can train your dog to be well-behaved around guests. Remember that being consistent and patient are important keys to successful training.

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