«Training Greeting Routines In this report we‟re going to focus on what is probably the most important thing your dog could ever learn: How to greet ...»
Training Greeting Routines
In this report we‟re going to focus on what is probably the most important thing
your dog could ever learn: How to greet people calmly and in a way that‟s not
And by greeting people, I mean ALL people and in all circumstances. This
includes greeting you when you come home from work, when your kids may walk
into the room or even when you‟re saying hi to your dog in the morning when you
Let‟s face it. Dogs like people. And they get excited when people come into the room; sometimes, too excited. This causes dogs to then do stuff we don‟t want them to do, like jump up on us, or excessively sniff us, nudge our hand for a pet or a bunch of other annoying behaviors.
And I think if we get right down to it, if we could just get our dogs to be more calm and relaxed instead of hyped up in these over-stimulating situations, we‟d fix all sorts of problems, not having to kick our dog outside because he‟s being bad and instead having him indoors enjoying your company.
The exercises I‟m going to go through in this report will make every other area of your dog‟s life more simple. They may even make the difference between you never getting your dog under control and having to get rid of him.
Dogs who don‟t know how to greet people appropriately are embarrassing.
Nobody likes hearing their doorbell ring and having it set their dog off like the world‟s going to end, then have the dog trying to barge his way past your legs as you crack open the door to let someone else in… yelling at the dog the whole time.
Luckily, it just simply doesn‟t have to be this way.
There are simple things you can train your dog to do in over-stimulating situations that can have him behaving perfectly. So that when he hears that doorbell ring he runs over to a designated spot like his bed, or mat and waits eagerly while you open the door and let someone into your house… and to have your dog obey so well that you can even take a new guest and walk him right by the dog laying on his bed without having the dog get up. And, have him staying there until you release him for a tasty treat.
It may sound so wonderful and far fetched to even believe, but it‟s possible, and can be taught to your dog over the course of the next 14 days.
But that‟s not all we‟re going to cover in this report, we‟re also going to cover some quick-fix strategies for how to train your dog to no longer jump up on you, even if your dog jumps on you so hard it practically knocks you over.
We‟re instead going to show you how you can take a dog, for example, that is so aggressive in his jumping that if he sees you grab something he wants, like a ball, he‟ll sprint at you full speed and jump at your chest… but to be clear, this is the kind of jumping that‟s NOT being done with teeth bared and aggressive, but just WAY over-excited to get his ball.
Some dog owners I‟ve known have had big 100-pound dogs with this type of problem jumping up when they get excited, clap, laugh, play with their kids, or hold a toy their dog really, really, really wants. Sometimes the jumping is so strong, that it physically knocks them over.
So if that‟s the type of jumping up you‟d like to fix, we‟ll cover that in this report as well, in a way that never forces you to knee your dog, yell at him or punish him in any way. We‟ll just show you how to turn the tables on him and withhold certain things from his environment so he learns OTHER ways to ask you for them… NICE ways.
If you‟ll read and re-read this report a few times, and do the two exercises I outline later on, your friends and family will literally wonder what you did with your other dog… and actually say to you “Wow! It‟s like you got a whole new dog”.
Why Your Dog Get’s Too Excited & How To Calm Him Down It is crucial that you understand all the little emotional triggers that are being set off in your dog‟s brain that make him get out of control, hyper and jump up on you.
Only after you understand how the dog‟s mind works can you take that equation, reverse engineer it and come up with a training plan that can fix the behavior.
In this particular case of working with dogs that you really want to be more calm, I want to share a strategy that the public school system has been using for quite some time to get their students to remain more calm that works just as well on dogs.
Where I went to school, we didn‟t do all our learning in the classroom.
Sometimes we‟d go into the library, sometimes we‟d go to the gym, the music room, computer room and a half dozen other places throughout the school.
And thinking back and reflecting on that experience or going back into a school and watching how the teachers keep their students calm in the hallways, as they walk from one room to another, I realize that they use a very simple strategy.
They have the kids walk in a line from their main classroom to some other room in the school. But that‟s not all they do. They also assign specific jobs to some of the students, often the more troubling ones. They‟ll have two students carry the lunches to the lunchroom if they‟re going to lunch, someone is put in charge of holding the door open so the line can go out the door easily, another kid is in charge of turning off the lights, etc., etc.
And the result is usually almost complete obedience.
Why does this work so well?
This strategy works so well because the kids are given a job to do. It‟s not a complicated job, it‟s just a job. A job that helps a kid stay focused on what he SHOULD be doing, instead of all the trouble he would rather get into - because an unfocused mind tends to wander.
Some teachers even have a reward schedule set up for how well the kids do their jobs to help motivate them and keep them in line.
It‟s not a perfect method, sometimes there‟s a kid who is always trouble, but that kid usually has a lot of other stuff going on in his life and is acting out. Maybe his parents are going through a divorce, or he‟s being physically abused. And it‟s only when you take that kid aside and fix those other areas of his life that he‟ll then be able to be obedient in school again.
And something else I want you to think about is that punishment doesn‟t seem to work well with the troubled kids. Those troubled kids simply hate their teacher more, or just get used to being punished. Think about it, did you ever really notice a kid stop picking fights when he got punished with detention? In my experience, they just got sneakier at hiding it from the teacher and better at not getting caught.
Now to wrap up this story, I want you to make one more comparison with me. I want you to picture the difference in how calm students are when they are walking in a line during school, compared to how wild and crazy those hallways get when school is let out and there‟s no structure in the hallways.
Do you see how providing structure and a set of rules may help keep people and even your dog from getting over-excited.
At this point, you may be saying to yourself, “That sounds great Chet, but how the hell can I translate this strategy over to my dog’s life” Train Your Dog a “Greeting Routine” The process of giving your dog something to focus on when he meets new people is to train what I call a Greeting Routine.
A Greeting Routine is in reality a game that your dog learns to play in different situations. You can train many different kinds of Greeting Routines and you can have multiple different Greeting Routing scenarios.
A Greeting Routine is nothing more then giving your dog a job to do during a certain situation where you think he‟d normally have a tendency to not behave appropriately.
The routine could be something like knowing he‟s supposed to go lay on his mat when strangers come over. Or, it could be to walk over to all new people and touch his nose to their shoe. There are no set rules for the best routine to teach your dog. In fact, the job you give your dog to do during a routine may very well depend on your dog.
For example, my personal favorite greeting routine that I have my dog trained to do is to lay down on his mat when he hears the doorbell ring and wait there until I tell him “OK”. Giving my dog this job to do when guests come over has been the most impressive thing people coming over to my home say about my dog and kept my home a MUCH calmer place for visitors.
It keeps him focused, and even excited to go to his mat, and takes his attention off of annoying my guests.
But that might not be as effective for your dog. Different dogs might need different jobs to do when overly excited. Some dogs may find it next to impossible to avoid at least being able to see this mystery visitor that has knocked at your door. Or maybe you have a blind dog, and he really can‟t be comfortable unless he smells a person first.
In this report I‟ll be focusing on teaching your dog to lay on his bed or mat when people come over. It‟s the behavior that is the easiest technical behavior to learn how to teach as it has fewer steps, but you can choose to adapt this strategy and choose another behavior to teach if your dog is struggling with this concept if you chose.
The important part about creating a Greeting Routine for your dog is that the routine is within the rules of your house and doesn‟t bother people. Most people won‟t be bothered by a dog coming over and taking a second to sniff their shoe.
But they will be bothered by taking a second to sniff their crotch. The job needs to be something that can last long enough for your dog to stop being so excited, as well as not be offensive to other people… those are the only two rules.
The 9 Steps to Training Your Dog A Greeting Routine The process I‟m about to outline is for training your dog to go lay on his bed when he hears the doorbell, and wait their calmly until told it‟s OK to get up.
1. Click here to see how to train your dog to go to his mat.
2. Train dog to stay on mat for up to a minute at a time Train dog to wait for a „release‟ word by varying the length of each stay 3.
4. Practice stays from further distances away from dog Practice stays when dog can‟t see you 5.
Use temptation resistance exercise to “temptation proof” the stay 6.
Switch cue to the doorbell with „Simon Says Method‟ 7.
8. Practice with friends, neighbors and strangers
Exercises for Learning Each Step of The Process
Step 1: Before your dog can even have a prayer at learning how to do this greeting routine, he absolutely needs to know how to go to his bed, or mat. And, the best way I can think of for teaching you how to help your dog learn this skill is by watching how I taught my dog to do it. Click here to watch the video of me training my Golden Retriever to lay on his bed.
Step 2: After your dog knows how to go lay on his mat, you need to teach your dog to stay on his mat for at least a full minute at a time. This might take you several days to teach, so be patient. Aim for improving your dog‟s stay by only 10 seconds a day for the first week.
To teach your dog to stay on his mat simply start counting in your head the second your dog goes over to his mat and lays down. For day one aim for getting your dog to lay on his mat for 5-10 seconds. Don‟t try for more then this on day one. Then, and only then, say “Good” to your dog and toss him a treat.
NOTE: It is important that you only say good once during each repetition. Do not say good for laying on his mat the first time, and then say good again five seconds later; it will confuse your dog. It is better to simply increase the duration of time between when the dog lays down and you say good to train the stay.
Make sure you are standing right next to your dog when working on this behavior. You always want to work on the duration of a stay, before working on how far away you can stand from your dog and still get him to stay reliably.
Trying to stand more then a few feet away in the beginning will likely be too much of a temptation for your dog and cause him to break his stay to come over to you.
During your first day try, to work up to a 10-second stay while standing less then three feet away from your dog. When he‟ll stay three times in a row for 10 seconds call it a day and try again tomorrow. Each day that you work on this behavior, you‟ll want to first warm up your dog and get him back into training mode. Most dogs will kind of forget most of yesterday‟s training and take 3-5 reps to warm up. When your dog seems to be catching on and remember how yesterday went, then try to get him to stay for 10 seconds, if he can‟t hold the stay that long, follow the same steps as the day before until he does. Your dog should catch on faster this time.
When your dog will hold a stay for 10 seconds, start increasing the time you require him to stay for 10 seconds every day you work with him for the first week until he will stay perfectly for 60 seconds.
Do not get discouraged, this is going to take you six days to teach.
Trainers Tip: Your dog will make mistakes during this process by getting up off his mat and coming to you. When he does, you need to quickly step in front of him and coral him back to his mat. You should say NO firmly the second you see him get up and then firmly place him back on his mat. You do not need to yell at him or punish him, just physically put him back on his mat. Do not drag him, just coral him. This is not a punishment, but rather a correction. He just doesn‟t know what to do yet, and we‟re trying to teach him in the most gentle way possible.
Step 3: One of the most common mistakes people make when training their dog to stay is falling into a predictable pattern that a dog can recognize. For example, if your dog knows that he has to stay for 60 seconds, then after 60 seconds if you don‟t give him a reward he‟s more likely to quit on you. Or even more common, if your dog knows he has to stay for 60 seconds, and your dog knows that ahead of time, he may decide that going off and seeing what‟s at the window is more rewarding then staying for 60 seconds.
In short, the dog still has too much power over how long he wants to stay. His decision to stay is based off of an internal clock and NOT off of you telling him it‟s “OK” to get up and get your reward now.