Dog advice

3 Ways to teach your dog to greet visitors politely

You may always get annoyed by your dog’s harsh greetings to visitors. However, don’t entirely blame your dog. You probably haven’t trained them on how to give visitors a calm reception. The following three ways can go a long way in training your dog to
greet visitors politely.

Starts with you

The buck stops with you. If you allow your dog to be aggressive such as jumping or barking when you arrive home, then you can expect similar behaviour when visitors come around. A good starting point is whenever you come home, encourage it to be calm near the door. Don’t forget to do this every single day. You could also go in and out of the home several times to condition this behaviour. This way, your dog learns to stay calm whenever you come home.

Train with a visitor

After the dog learns the expected behaviour, you could invite a visitor. Remember your ultimate goal is to encourage the dog to greet visitors politely. Therefore, with their assistance, you could have them knock on the door. Meanwhile, don’t rush to open the door. Instead, make sure the dog is in a relaxed position. When you finally open the door, teach it to sit in the same place, and not rush to jump or bark at the guest. This is a process that would have to be repeated frequently and with different people. Gradually over time, the protection dog will get used to greeting visitors politely while showing no aggressive behaviour towards them.

Seek professional assistance

However, some dogs, despite your persistent and patient efforts, still resist these do-it-yourself methods. Perhaps, it may be a more serious underlying issue like they are suffering from some compulsive behaviour issues. Don’t worry if your dog belongs to this category. Contacting a residential dog training service provider will solve this issue. Why? Because with the help of a professional, expert training will be given to refining the dog’s behaviour.

So your dog doesn’t have to embarrass you anymore in front of guests.