Training Your Dog to Cope with Visitors

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Dogs can either be very excited or very aggressive when a guest comes home. If your dog is too hyper, he might jump around and bark loudly. On the other hand, if your pet is anxious, he can be withdrawn or even show aggression through barking and growling.

Here are a few tips that will help your dog cope with visitors.

  • It is best to allow a safe space that your dog can retreat to if he feels unsure of being in the living area. A crate or a dog bed will help your dog feel safe and will help him calm down. You should be able to train your dog to go to the designated spot with a single command that can be used for when guests arrive.
  • You can choose to leash your dog when a guest arrives to encourage him to stay on his best behavior in the presence of other people. This will also prevent your dog from bolting out of the house when someone opens the door.
  • Reinforcing commands will help the owner stay in control of their pet. Orders like ‘stay’, ‘no’ and ‘down’ are an essential part of dog training that will help you teach your pup good behavior.
  • You should be confident when your guest arrives. Showing signs of comfort like a hug or a handshake and a loud, confident voice will give your dog a clue that the visitor is known to you.
  • It is important to introduce your dog to your guest. Dogs like to sniff people in order to get familiar with their scent. If your dog picks up your scent from your guest, he is more likely to be comfortable with your guest.
  • Remember to reward positive behavior. If your dog has behaved properly around your guest, treat him with his favorite snack or toy. This will encourage good behavior in the future as well.

How your visitors can cope with your pet

Sometimes, a dog can sense fear from your guest, which can, in turn, make your dog more anxious or stressed out. If your guest is scared of dogs, it is best to leash your pet in order to avoid any untoward incidents. Similarly, if your dog is still being trained, make sure to let your guests know in advance. You can also encourage your guest to give your dog a treat to create a bond between the two of them. It will also be helpful for your guests to learn a few hand gestures to be able to control your pup more effectively. It is important to socialize your pup to enable them to handle strangers better. Allowing your pup to interact with other dogs and their owners from an early age can help them overcome any fear of the outside world. If your dog is more comfortable with strangers, he can definitely cope when guests come over to your house.

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