01-25-2019, 04:45 PM
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Some things to try with your dog to help him accept strangers in the home:
1)Do not let your dog go to the door and greet the person. That should be your job so that you can announce to your dog that this is your friend (or ac guy or hired help, etc) and that there is nothing to be worried about.
2)Have some amazing treats READY IN ADVANCE each time a visitor comes to your home. I would say something like this to my dog, "Hey, Gracie, my friend Sandra is here, isn't that cool? We loooove having Sandra visit, don't we? She is so nice. Etc" And then you give your dog lots of small delicious food bites when Sandra come inside. You want your dog's brain to think: Hmmmm visitor arrives= super yummy food appears
3)Have your friends gently toss treats at a distance to your dog. Or you can drop them at your friends feet. If your dog is uncomfortable still, this will help. This way the dog can take the food at a safe distance. Some dogs do not feel comfortable at this point taking treats out of someone's hand. Or they will go for the treat and then get a bit nervous and nip/bite at the hand bc they are conflicted. They want the attention/affection, but then are somewhat still fearful.
4) When guests come over, have your dog on a leash with you and let your dog sniff the person, then you give your dog treats for just sniffing. No petting at this point unless your dog is ok with it. Your dog will begin to think: "I am safe with Mom. She won't let people touch me unless I am ok with it. But I can sniff them without feeling threatened. Whew!"
5) Hook your dog up with an amazing chewy or dental treat or bone or something else long lasting. You can keep them on leash next to you or have them go their crate or a baby gated room to relax and get their special chewie thing. Again-- dog's brain should start to think "Hmmm, people come over, I get a favorite special bone to chew on while they visit!! Cool!!"
6) Some people will tell you to have your vistors ignore the dog completely when first entering the home. My shy dog Gracie actually is fine with direct eye contact bc I have rewarded her SO OFTEN for "focus" which is to look at me and then get a treat. And I initially trained her to go 'say hi" which means she can sniff a person (with their consent of course) and I won't allow the person to pet her/touch her at all while she is sniffing them or meeting them. But many dogs do better when completely ignored at first.
There are many other things you can do, but these are things I have done with my dogs to help them be able to relax upon meeting people or having visitors come over.
Last edited by AthenaLove; 01-25-2019 at 04:51 PM.