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    My 14 month old Alaskan Malamute gets to excited when we have visitors at the door. It's hard to open the door and when you do and the poor visitor comes in she jump all over them etc. How can I stop this?

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    My dogs both do this too. I just put them out the back an let them inside once the guest has been here for about 5 minutes or so. It stops them jumping up but they still get excited.

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    There's a few strategies I know of though I haven't really implemented them on my rather excitable dog. Yet.

    You can train the dog to sit calmly when the door is opened. Clicker training is quite useful for this. It is basically a variation on desensitisation training. You reward your dog for staying calm when the door is opened by setting him up for success and then gradually challenging him more. So start with opening the door when there's no one there and reward your dog for calmly sitting or whatever you want him to do. Do this until he sits automatically and you get a 100% succes rate. Then progress by making it more interesting. Eg. someone at the other side of the door but don't open the door at first. Reward your dog to stay calm when you touch the door handle for example. Then open and close the door a tiny bit. And so on. I actually saw a great video example of this method that would explain it much better than I do, but I can't find it now as I'm at work (obviously lol).

    The other option is to use a wire play pen. Put the dog in there when visitors come and ask visitors to ignore him completely until he is calm and to then pat him. If he starts getting overexited when they give him attention, start again. Again, saw a vid, will find later.

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    My 4 get taken behind 2 sliding doors with the words num nums and their wanting a treat outweighs bowling over a visitor. The visitor is told to hang on while I shut the dogs out of the room.

    The 2 main visitors I have (live pretty remotely) are well trained to phone me when they are coming so I can get the 4 out the back.
    I also have a tether around the pool table leg, another around the leg of a sturdy coffee table that I can put two on while opening the door and hold the collars of the other two if I have to. My fear is not them bowling over a visitor but 2 or more bolting out the door and away for hours.

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    We teach our dogs "place". Which initially was a mat, but is now a pointing of the finger to a spot. We taught this using clicker/yes system with lots of rewards.......Whilst you are training this it might help to do some basic Obedience on lead first, sit/drop/stays and have them on lead when people come to the door.
    Also it is very important for you to give off calmness. So many people get exited when their dogs are exited, they yell and get super active around their dogs. We just walk calmly and say "place"....if we have a new rescue and they are still on lead or are off and not behaving, we say nothing and just get them by the collar and keep them away from the visitor.
    When I do home visits I always observe the owners behaviour too. And that is often why dogs go "off tap" or the visitor is too reactive. You may have to have some practice sessions with friendly helpful calm friends. Ask them to turn their backs calmly when your dogs have not been trained yet and you have the dog on lead. Only when everything is calm, allow a quick pet. Energy up, turn around again.
    But still the best is training basic Obedience first and to teach "place"....Our dogs if there is an occasional bad behaviour get to have "time-out". And they are allowed back in when things have calmed.
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    Thanks guys

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    Good luck with trying some of those strategies.

    We are very lucky in that our dogs dont do that.

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    What Beloz and Newfsie suggested with training to only open the door when they are calm or sitting in a designated spot. Thing is, the time for teaching a new skill isn't when a friend drops by because you need to really work with the dogs to get them to understand what you are asking for. It will take time. So practise with a friend or family member who understands they will be standing on your door step for sometime before they can come in, and is happy to repeat the exercise a number of times.

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    Thanks Nashems, She is a pretty good dog and she is trained to sit, drop, stay, roll over, come etc. in English and in Spanish lol. But it's the excitement of when someone comes around. I am training her with my friend who she really gets excited about and we are working through it. We are working on the walk in and ignoring her and she is slowly learning that it is not all about her. I have stopped also opening the backdoor as soon as I get home to let her in and making her wait till I am ready. She will get there. Thank you all again.

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    Found the first vid. #5 Layla - modifying 'dog jumping up' behavior - session #5 - YouTube

    I love her videos. I actually got teary when I watched her series of training with this dog! I can relate as my dog still sometimes gets incredibly overexited to the point where she is just a hazard to other people. I am going to start this excercise with her next week! Just have to find a patient helper first.

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