SESSION 37: Improve Your Dog’s Behavior with Visitors!
In episode 37, I give you a training “game plan” to change your holiday visitor’s interactions with your dog from “train wreck” to training opportunity! I walk you through how to use a secluded area to give your dog a break from the action and how to think like a trainer during your holiday visiting. We go through step by step training on getting your dog out of their crate, kennel, or the laundry room to go meet guests without having your dog “lose their mind”! I also take you through how you can coach your dog and your guests to make the greetings much saner.
If you’d like to know more about PUP Dog Rescue and more about how to find a good rescue organization, as well as get some tips about picking a good rescue dog for you, here’s my interview with Laura Tonkin (She’s the Director of PUP Dog Rescue)
Game plan for training with your dog around Thanksgiving guests:
It’s OK to put your dog away in a secluded area. But use this as a break between training sessions and not a coping mechanism to cloister them away permanently (NOTE: have a unique chew toy that keeps your dog occupied for a while that they only get in the secluded area)
Work on the loose leash walking exercise before visitors arrive and then use the approach and retreat “loose leash” walking exercise to teach your dog not to bolt up to people
Here’s the blog article with the short video clip on basic loose leash walking
Exercise the heck out of your dog a half hour before people come over (and sometimes during visits)
Use the “open/close” door exercise to convince your dog to look to you for doorway transitions
Do short 5-7 minute training session
Coach guests to ignore your dog and only pet or pay any attention to your dog once they are doing what you like
Prevent jumping with the quick loose leash pop to the side as their front feet come off the floor (don’t say anything or look at them as you do this)
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I’ve been training people and dogs in Seattle for the last decade and a half. My main focus when working with clients every week in one-on-one, private lessons is to help people learn to get their dogs to a functional level so that they can actually enjoy spending time every day with their dog instead of stressing about their dog’s behavior issues.