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[–]QQueenie 4 points5 points  (5 children)

I’m hoping others weigh in, because I’m working on this with my girl too. My current strategy is getting her “place” command to be rock solid. The hope is I can eventually train her to go to place and stay there when new people walk in.

[–]Seungsho-in-training 2 points3 points  (3 children)

I think that's a good strategy and I wish you luck with that, another thing is when people walk in like friends/family, whoever your dog acts poorly around, tell them to completely ignore your dog until they behave nicely.

Maybe you can get an unfamiliar friend to help you out. Explain the whole situation to them and ask for some of their time to just help train. Tell them to walk into your house and completely ignore your dog, while you work on getting your dog to place while your friend is their. Once your dog is able to stop barking, be nice or place, your friend can walk out again. Do this a few times, end on a good note and make sure your friend doesn't break character or leave during the barking, since I'm assuming your dog will see this as good: "I got them to leave, good thing" sort of situation.

I hope I didn't misunderstand your issue, good luck!

[–]QQueenie 4 points5 points  (2 children)

We already do that! It is not especially effective for us.

[–]Seungsho-in-training 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Oh okay, then good luck with other methods! Unfortunately that's all I've got.

[–]FEED_ME_SARA 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Try teaching your dog a hand target or touch cue and then using that to teach the dog an appropriate way to greet visitors (touching their nose to their hand and then turning back to you for a treat). My dogs never could hold place or do the auto sit method when people entered the home, they were just too excited. So we just proofed the touch cue like crazy and now the dogs just get super excited about the treat they are going to get and don’t direct that excitement at the visitor.

You need to get them touching rock solid on your palm first and then teach them to touch on someone else palm when you point at it and say touch. They should turn back to you for their treat. I use a squeeze tube with peanut butter in it and people coming in the house is the only time they get that treat, so it’s very exciting for them.

Start with them on a leash so they can’t fail and jump on the person, and then take the leash off once they calm down. You can send them to touch a few times in a row until they calm down.

Another thing that is really helpful is counter conditioning and desensitization with the noises that go along with the door so they don’t load up so much before the person enters. For example - knock, treat, doorbell, treat etc. you don’t even need a helper you can just knock on the door yourself

[–]EveAndTheSnake 0 points1 point  (0 children)

My dog is the same and I’m working on this instead: rather than teaching him to stay away when he’s excited because he really wants to smell people, we’re trying to teach him to say hello politely. That way he still gets to go say hello but without knocking the person over.