|Barked: Tue Mar 20, '12 10:54am PST |
|I'd train her to go to her bed when Guests come to the door. You will need a very patient friend or family member (not someone living with you) who will basically stand at the door - ring the bell, let you open the door, let you close the door - over and over and over.
The first steps to this though are basic obedience. She needs a good solid "sit" or "down" and "stay".
Especially for impulsiveness. You should practice "stay" with her in various places. Set boundaries for her in her house - a "line" at the kitchen that she has to stay on the other side of. Or play things like Crate Games - great for impulse control!
Once the "sit" "down" "stay" are good - start the guest training.
When the doorbell rings, take her to her bed. Have her lay down, and stay. You may have to put her back half a dozen times before you actually get to the door (she will anticipate, for sure). But be patient, calm, and consistent.
It may take multiple training sessions - so if you can enlist some friends and family or neighbors to help for 10-15 minutes a few times a week that would be great.
You can practice reinforcing this by putting her on her bed in a down stay and opening the door, closing the door, opening the door.
Once people are actually in your house and she is still on her bed - have them ignore her - don't even look at her - and make sure her release is on your terms. Only release her after she relaxes. If she is staying but alert and ready to jump the moment you say go she is not ready to be released.
Have them continue ignoring her when she first gets up. If she gets up and becomes hyper or pushing for attention from guests once released - put her back on her bed in a down stay. If she gets up and is calm, let the guests pat her, or give her treats. But I'd limit her free time while she is still learning and have her return to her bed before they leave. Some visits - keep her on her bed. It is good practice.
It takes patience, but it can be done. Good luck
Edited by author Tue Mar 20, '12 10:56am PST
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