How do I train my dog to sit down when people arrive? She gets so excited she jumps on people and I want to train her better.

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Answered by Christine Mancini, Dog Trainer in Pittsburgh, PA
I know this may sound like a silly statement but :

First you must have her trained to sit on command.

How do you or other family members handle her when you come in the door?

When she jumps up to greet you, do you play with her and/or pet her and give her the attention that she is demanding?

If you do, then you need to start here, with you and with your family members.

Your dog needs to know that she cannot jump on anyone, including you when they come through the door. She is demanding attention. You must ignore her when she does this. Do not even speak with her; do not look at her. Walk away, do what you need to do - put your keys down, take off your shoes. However, as soon as she sits and looks at you, make certain that you immediately praise her for sitting and being good. Any guest that comes through your front door must do this exact thing - ignore her. However, when she sits, she needs to be praised immediately and treated.

What you are teaching her is that she gets no attention, unless she behaves.

And when she behaves, she gets attention and a treat. Reward good behavior, ignore bad behavior.

And please, above all, do not yell at her. Any attention is better than none.

Positive reinforcement pushes out the bad, because all they want is attention.

And if the good behavior gets the attention - that is what your dog will default to.

Thank you,
Christine.thedogtrainer.org

| 03.31.16 @ 14:17
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