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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Answered by Alexandra Bassett, Dog Trainer in Los Angeles, CA
Adding to Christine's guidance, you will want to make sure you prevent the unwanted jumping on guests behavior by putting your dog on a leash or behind a gate when guests come over. If you have your dog on a leash, you can step on the leash to prevent the jumping, and this gives you the opportunity to keep your dog close and reward them for sitting or keeping all four paws on the ground. Ask your guests to help by letting them know they should only greet your dog when she is sitting or keeping all four paws on the ground and that crouching down to say hello will also prevent the jumping and make it easier for your dog to be correct. It's easier to achieve this if you wait for your dog to calm down, so using a gated off area can be really helpful if you institute a rule that your dog must calm down before getting to meet your guest. Practicing all of this with friends and family will make a big difference! | 02.02.18 @ 17:17
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