All pet owners know that training their animals is crucial to a long and happy life, and that doesn’t end when you get home. While it’s super important to train your dog to behave in public, they also need to obey your orders at home as well.
This is especially true when it comes to house guests, as dogs are notoriously protective of their homes and their family.
The team at House Call Pro have created an ultimate dog and visitor guide (as well as an infographic) to encourage positive interactions between your pup and new house guests. Check the graphic the breakdown and infographic below and let us know how these tips work next time someone comes to your house!
To keep any accidental biting or attacking from occurring when a guest comes to your home, it’s important to make sure your pup doesn’t feel threatened or scared when they enter.
There are a few ways to help relax your dogs that have been proven to work time and time again:
Exercise your pup
Exercise your pup 30 minutes before a scheduled visitor. This could be as simple as playing tug of war, taking them on a walk or playing fetch in the backyard.
Crate your dog
Crate your dog or move them to another room if they are still being hyperactive to prevent your guest from getting hurt.
Slowly introduce your dog
Slowly introduce your dog to the house guest to show them that they are safe and the guest isn’t anyone to fear or protect you from.
Reward good behavior
Reward good behavior when your dog doesn’t bark, lunge or jump up at the guest to improve their bond with you and create a pattern of good behavior.
Pay attention to your dog’s body language
Pay attention to your dog’s body language to understand how he is feeling when approached by a stranger. This can influence how you train your animal as well.
If you are a guest entering a home that has a difficult dog, approaching the dog in the correct way can really make or break the interaction. For example, letting the dog approach you and paying close attention to its body language are great ways to make sure he or she has a positive experience. Using baby talk and immediately petting the dog are not recommended as the dog can get confused or mistake your actions as an attack and get aggressive.
Pet owners can also benefit from observing their dog’s body language. Dogs express their emotions throughout their body, and understand the warning signs can help you be a proactive trainer and prevent dangerous situations from getting out of control. For instance, glassy eyes, drooling and a low tail position means your dog is feeling fearful or threatened. To help your dog feel more at ease with the house guest, introducing them slowly and letting them feed your dog treats can help get them more comfortable with one another.
Another reaction to watch out for is aggression. This is flagged by growling or barking, leaning forward and tensing up the body. Aggression can lead to danger quickly, so it’s important to put some distance between the dog and the house guest. Moving them to another room or crating them is a good option until they calm down. Then, reward good behavior with a treat to help teach your dog how you want them to react when someone enters the house.
With practice and patience, you can train your dog to act appropriately to new houseguests and create positive experiences. During training, it may help to remember your dog is just trying to protect you. Punishment should be kept to a minimum while positive reinforcement should be used consistently to help increase trust and create a pattern of good behavior.
Originally posted 2020-02-12 20:12:10. Republished by Blog Post Promoter