Rushing the Door When Company Comes Over

Question: “How can I get my four dogs to stop rushing the door when someone comes to my house? I can get them one at a time to do it. But the unexpected guest gets everything from kissed to sniffed and practically violated! I have tried to have them sit until the company comes in, but all it takes is one of the dogs to jump towards the guest and (pardon) all heck breaks loose!” HELP! – Wendy

Answer: This is an excellent question.What I would work on, since you can successfully do this one at a time, is adding one more dog at a time to the situation:

One dog will do a sit/stay while you invite a guest into your home. Add the second dog and have them both sit/stay while you invite a guest into your home, etc, etc. The hard part is when one breaks, they all break. Practice using their names along with their release. You can do this at feeding time, when they are playing ball, giving treats, etc.

Give one command for them all to sit/say. Say the dog’s name and have him come to you. If the others break, bring them all back and reinforce the sit. Say dog’s name again and have him come to you, etc, etc. They do learn that they need to wait to hear their name before they can get up and move. This helps with greeting guests in whom one dog can greet, then next dog can greet, etc, etc. Less stress on your company too.

Let me know if this helps or if you have any other questions since I do not know the level of training of your dogs.

- Mary Farren, GSRNE Foster Home Training Director

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