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    Hello All,

    I am having some problems with my 5 months old Staffie pup.

    I am still training her to stay in the crate when I want her too. She is ok now to stay in the crate while i vacuum and mop the floor and she will sleep in the crate at night in the living room, whe will only wake me up when she needs to go out to poo (which is usually in the morning after my alarm goes off)

    Anyway, she gets extremely excited when there are visitors. She means no harm but she just gets soo excited and over friendly that can be overwhelming for the visitors and often put scratches on the visitors.

    So I tried to put her in her crate when there are visitors, but she will just whine and whine, so noisy that we can hardly have a quiet conversation. I know she just wants to get out there to say hello, but her approach is just a bit out of hand sometimes.

    Yes, she does get quiet if i give her a kong/bone and she will chew them quietly in her crate.

    I am thinking of calling in a one on one trainer to my house, but thought i will ask around on the forum first.

    My pup has completed puppy class and did pretty well, so I guess she is 'train-able' thus I want to try first before calling in a trainer. nad she is going for her first level obedience in a few weeks.

    Thank you very much

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    Is it possible to have her in another area where she can hear that you have guests but not jump all over them as soon as they arrive and bring her out for a visit with them a while after they arrive and only for a short time... maybe this way she will not be so overwhelmed by all the extra attention and you can enjoy your guests company as well. Not sure if that would work but I found with Comrade that he was really well behaved if he was allowed to socialise with guests after they have been at our residence for a while... might help her to understand that the people are your guests not hers as well LOL.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoxerMum View Post
    Is it possible to have her in another area where she can hear that you have guests but not jump all over them as soon as they arrive and bring her out for a visit with them a while after they arrive and only for a short time... maybe this way she will not be so overwhelmed by all the extra attention and you can enjoy your guests company as well. Not sure if that would work but I found with Comrade that he was really well behaved if he was allowed to socialise with guests after they have been at our residence for a while... might help her to understand that the people are your guests not hers as well LOL.
    I agree

    My 7 month old pup will jump and whinge at the laundry door if ppl are here...but I can't let her loose as she'll jump all over them!
    I'll put her on the leash and let her in to say hello and meet the ppl who are here, then she gets put back outside and she's satisfied

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    ERMM...

    Ok, i will definitely try that.

    but i did let her come out and greet everyone (also extremely excited) then put her back into the crate and she can see what's going on in the living room from her crate. but she still whine and whine after i put her back in...


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    Oh okay. Well let us know how you go. I'm sure she'll just keep getting better and better tho. Good luck.

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    I found this...

    How to Teach Your Dog To Greet Guests Politely

    Step 1
    The first rule for a polite greeting from a dog is that all four paws must be on the floor. Practice this behavior with your dog near the door when there is nothing exciting going on. Ask for sits, downs, and other tricks. You can enhance this training by having him perform the cues on a mat near the door. Get polite behavior, praise and reward it. Do this step several times a day, for two minutes at a time for one or two days.

    Step 2
    Stand in the doorway with your dog while he is leashed. Hook the leash to the doorknob. Ask him to sit. Have a partner stand on the other side of the door to ring the doorbell or knock every 15 seconds.

    Step 3
    As this is happening, remain calm, if he barks, turn your back to him and ignore him, if he does not calm down, begin to move away from him. When he pauses for breath, praise him (or click) and toss a treat on the floor. Do not talk to your dog otherwise. Practice this step until he is no longer reactive. Repeat this step several times per day for two or three days.

    Step 4
    Set up a "visit". Place your dog on his leash, or do not take it off after his walk. Sit on the couch and watch television or read with your dog near you. At a predetermined time, have another person ring the doorbell.
    Step5If your dog remains calm, walk him to the door with you without speaking to him. Before you open the door, stand on his leash. Give him enough length to stand or sit, but make the leash short enough to keep him from jumping.

    Step 6
    Open the door for the guest. The person entering the door should not acknowledge the dog unless she has all four paws on the floor. If she begins to mouth or bark, the visitor should immediately ignore her.

    Step 7
    You may also ask your guest to drop some dry treats such as kibble or O shaped cereal on the floor to condition your dog to look for dropped goodies instead of leaping on guests for attention.

    Step 8
    Practice set ups several times per week for 3 or 4 weeks. Knock on walls yourself when your dog is not looking, and reward his calm and silent behavior.

    Hope it helps.

    How to Teach Your Dog To Greet Guests Politely | eHow.com

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