Training a Big Dog to Stop Barking at Guests and Calm Down

By: Sam Kanouse

Published Date: February 13, 2018

In this Omaha dog training session we worked with Hyde, a one-year-old Goldendoodle, who needed training to stop barking at guests when they arrived.

After I arrived I learned that they guardians had already started working on training Hyde to stop barking at strangers when they arrived. I was impressed with their proactive work by the time I arrived. They had started training Hyde to sit when company arrived, which is a fantastic start.

I showed them another technique to help Hyde get over his excitement when he was allowed to greet the guests. I taught them how to use the Behavior Adjustment Training or BAT method, to help Hyde learn how to regulate his own emotions when meeting new people. You can see how I did this by watching the video below.

As you can see in the video above Hyde started to learn how to relax when he greeted guests at the door. I want to remind the guardians to keep the leash nice and loose when Hyde is calm enough to move forward. This way he is taking the lead and you are just there to support him if need be.

To keep up with this good behavior the guardians will want to invite people over who are willing to help train Hyde to be a calm dog when guests arrive. This type of intentional training is a great way to speed up progress for Hyde. We wrapped up this dog behavior session with Hyde’s Roadmap to Success video, which you can watch below.

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