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      Crazy when visitors come over

      So I tried to make sure Leo was around other people frequently when he was a puppy to be sure he was socialized. I think this has turned him into a crazy dog when family or friends come to visit our home. He'll act way different than normal, jumping on them and even play biting a little which I try to stop right away and restrain him or even take him out back to our fenced in yard until he settles down or the company leaves. I'd like to be able to have company over without all this stress. Does anyone have any tips for me to get to this point with my pup? All ideas are greatly appreciated.

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      The same thing happened with Maverick. Some tips our trainers had us working at:

      Keep him on leash when visitors come. Have everyone ignore him until he calms down. This one was always easier said than done, especially with a full grown excited Labrador.

      Teach your dog "find it". When guests come and while on a leash, drop some treats on the floor and tell him to "find it". This didn't work particularly well for us as Maverick likes people more than food.

      When out and about, practice NOT letting him greet other dogs or people. We rarely let Maverick get pets from other people or dogs on walks. I always tell him they don't want to pet him. I usually go off to the side of the sidewalk and make him wait. We start moving after the person and/or dog has passed. He needed to learn restraint, self control, and that not everything was about him. This has helped quite a bit, but not as much in the house.

      Lastly you could crate him for the first few minutes a visitor is there. Just long enough to get the initial crazies out. We admittedly do this sometimes, especially if elderly or young kids or large groups of people are over.

      Good luck. Just remember being too friendly is way better than being too mean!


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      Training Four on the Floor: Leo only gets pets and attention when all 4 paws remain on the ground. A little different from Meeps- when we went out, I'd train for nice greetings. I'd sit in a busy area ( bench in well used park, outside table at Starbucks) and I'd treat Kimber when she remained calm as people came near. When people asked to pet her, I'd say we were training and ask them to only pet when she sat nicely. People were happy to help. I did this once or twice a week for a few months. Worked really well!

      in the house, we kept Kimber on leash and would step on it when she lost her mind over guests.
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      Great ideas guys, will start using these ideas right away. He's such a good boy when it's just the family, I'd love for others to see that as well. On another note, water retrieves are going very well. Even with decoys floating in his path to the retrieve. Very proud puppy Daddy!

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      Have you taught "place" yet??? I use a raised platform that is Brooks place. I taught him to go sit on it when told, and he doesn't move til released, well most of the time, but we continue to work on it.

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      We have done some place work and we have stay down pretty solid. Just need to make it work when he's stimulated such as this situation. If I put his e collar on him and vibrate him once he usually settles down some, but that's because he has the collar on. I've only had to stimulate him a couple times after a vibrate in other situations so he now complies to a vibrate pretty much instantly, which I prefer anyway. I don't like to stimulate him unless absolutely necessary. I don't want to have to e collar him every time someone comes over or drops in unexpected.

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