Teach Your Dog to Greet Guests Politely | Pupford
April 27th, 2023
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It can be really embarrassing when your dog jumps up on people while out on walks or with visitors in your home. Teaching your dog to greet guests politely is all about practicing before the situation occurs!
In this episode, we sat down with Holly Ovington (certified dog trainer) to discuss ways you can teach your dog to greet people politely whether inside or outside.
We discuss how to handle your dog when they start jumping, and also, how you can explain to people how you want them to act when greeting your dog.
INTRODUCTION OF HOLLY OVINGTON KPA-CTP, CSAT
Holly has been passionate about dogs from the get-go! Holly was part of 4-H dog clubs from a young age, learning to train and show her own dogs.
Holly is certified with the Karen Pryor Academy, a Fear-Free Certified Trainer, an Instructor for Dog Biz Dog Walking Academy, and Walks N' Wags First Aid Certified and runs Positive Paws Training in the Vancouver area.
Holly's next goal is to complete a certification in separation anxiety.
PODCAST ABOUT HOW TO TEACH A DOG TO GREET GUESTS POLITELY
OVERVIEW OF TRAINING YOUR DOG TO GREET VISITORS POLITELY
- Have your dog focus on you and stay near your side
- Make sure your dog has all 4 paws on the ground before getting pet
- If your dog remains calm with all four paws down, that is the ideal situation when being greeted by people
- Practice with a friend, family member, trainer, or someone your dog doesn’t know super well yet
- Have them walk up from a distance while remaining calm
- , the person can turn around and walk away
- If your dog stays down, they can continue coming toward them
- If the dog continues to stay, you can greet
- Start by coming over without saying anything
- Then slowly raise the criteria. Add in distractions by talking to the dog, using a high pitch voice, jumping, etc.
- Break down the steps and practice beforehand
- Have a family member or friend go outside and knock on the door quietly
- Have your dog with you (maybe on a leash) and redirect them to a sit or a touch or eye contact and reward them for not barking
- Then have that person knock louder and louder
- Break down those steps to set your dog up for success
- You want everyone to be on the same page because dogs don’t understand being able to jump on one person but not another
- When training, it’s important to make sure that the entire household is on the same page
- “I know it’s annoying to do these steps, but doing the extra work will be rewarding”
RECAP OF HOW TO TEACH A DOG TO GREET GUESTS POLITELY
When training our dogs, we want to try to set up our dogs for success. Practice proper greeting behaviors before introducing your dog to new people both in your home and on a walk.
Make sure to break down steps and go at your dog’s pace, not your own. This behavior takes time, patience, and practice!
How else have you helped your dog learn to greet visitors nicely? Tell us in the comments.