Free Tips on How to Get a Dog to Calm Down at the Door

By: David Codr

Published Date: January 16, 2020

For this Omaha dog training session we helped 2 year-old Goldendoodle Nash, sharing tips to stop him from nipping strangers or guests to the house.

Knowing that Nash gets excited when people come to the door, I used a Dog Behaviorist trick to teach him to calm himself down; waiting at the door without coming in. Many people confuse excitement for happiness in dogs, but excited means that dogs is over stimulated. If a human needs to perform well, being in a calm and balanced state is the best approach.

By waiting outside the door, I was able to prevent Nash from jumping up and because I didnt enter, time helped his energy subside. Once he was a calmer dog, I started the process of entering. At first I just reached for the handle, as soon as Nash started to get excited, I pulled my hand away and waited for him to calm down. Once he did, I started the process again. I repeated this process, going further each time as long as Nash stayed calm.

By the time I entered, Nash was a calmer dog. He did try to jump up once or twice, but the guardian said the dog is normally super excited when guests arrive to listen.

I pulled out my camera so that I could record a video with tips on how to teach a dog to calm itself down when guests arrive.

As I mentioned in the above free positive dog training video, this secret to calming dogs can also stop dogs from getting too excited when being leashed up before a walk. This works for all dogs and anyone can do it, even if you aren’t a professional Goldendoodle dog trainer.

To help the humans remember all the dog behavior advice we shared in this in home Omaha dog training session, we filmed a roadmap to success video that you can watch below.

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