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Do you have a dog that just doesn't seem to listen to you? How much time have you spent really training your dog? Do you know how to really train your dog? If you have spent time working with your dog and he still doesn't follow your commands, there may be things you have done wrong, or your dog could just be a little more stubborn than others. My site will give you some tips to train difficult dogs. I have had some of the most stubborn dogs and I have managed to get them to learn what they need to know to be safe, happy members of our family.

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How To Train Your Dog To Be Calm Around Strangers

by Catherine Bishop

If you have a dog, you likely have to introduce him or her to new people whenever they come over. It can be exasperating to constantly have to tell your dog to get down and be worried that he or she is going to knock over a smaller child or hurt someone. Here are some tips for training your dog so that he or she will be calm around strangers and won't jump or attack them.

1. Tune How Your Dog Greets You

The first thing that you do is tune your dog's greeting process for you. If you allow your dog to jump on you when you first come home, your dog is going to do that to other people. In order to change how your dog reacts when you come home, put a small mat next to your door. This is going to be where your dog sits in order to greet people. Do not give your dog any attention when you come in the door unless he or she is sitting politely on the mat. Once your dog is sitting, lavish him or her with attention so that he or she feels appropriately rewarded. Consider keeping treats in your pocket to feed to your dog when you get home to further reinforce good behavior. Leave the house and come back multiple times in a row to make sure that your dog gets a lot of practice. 

2. Enlist Some Friends

The next step is getting your dog to greet strangers politely. Get a friend or two that love dogs and let them in on your training goals. Have them ring the doorbell or knock on the door. Before you let them in, take your dog and put him or her on the mat. When the dog is ready, text your friends and have them come in. Don't open the door until your dog is calmly on the mat. Have your friend greet the dog calmly while he or she is on the mat and then ignore him or her when he or she is not on the mat. Do this several times. Once your dog has the hang of it, have your friend go into another room and sit on the couch. Then, invite your dog into the living room. Start bringing increasingly larger groups of people over to make sure that your dog understands how he or she is supposed to greet people.

For more information, talk to a company that specializes in pet training. If your dog tends to be aggressive with strangers, contact a company like Sound Defense for advice.

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