A collection of letters on behaviour -
with Over Exuberant Greetings
greeting behaviours are normal. This does not mean
everybody enjoys having the nails of their dog raking
into their leg.
want to maintain a good relationship with our dog, allowing
the dog to be confident and secure, yet we wish to be
comfortable and safe. How to achieve both.
to do: Set ups.
This is where you repeat greetings with many people
many times in a controlled setting usually in a small
period of time.
signal: turn your back on the dog until s/he calms
attention to your dog when all four feet are on the
entry or approach approximately 20 times
reward for first non-jump
on one element at a time, such as jumping; crying;
of a barrier is good during the training phase so
the dog cannot access you
a mat as a target where the dog must stay for the
well it is advisable to make departures and entries
or approaches as neutral as possible. So no games before
you leave the house, nor any frolicking when approaching
your dog. Give your dog a chance to calm down from the
'happiness' s/he feels over your return before playing,
paying attention towards, or feeding your dog.
attention to your dog when the dog is calm. Ignore,
or remove yourself otherwise.
Urination is a classic example of doing nothing
being the best approach.
begin with submissive behaviour is either appeasement,
the dog's attempt to get the owner to calm down, when
the owner is angry or it is an excited response. Therefore
either being angry, or attempting to physically calm
the dog down results in an increase in stress...(excitement
us begin by teaching an appropriate greeting behaviour...ie.
in a half hour period or less try to enter the house
at least 20 times.
not look at the dog, but be calm and relaxed
until the dog calms down,
for a sit then pay mild attention to the dog
the dog urinates ignore,
the dog does not urinate, but does sit, reinforce
the dog calms down exit and repeat entry
are attempting to make entry a non-event, with the proper
reinforceable greeting being the 'sit' We are also developing
the dog's confidence level.