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Ok, I need some serious help! When I have people over, Sobaka is an over greeter... Some of the people are senior citizens too... How I do it, is have Sobaka in a Sit/Stay, or a Down/Stay, and have the people come up to greet me... So it's going fine, when 73 pounds of dog goes hurdling at the guest. I try holding her collar, but you try to hold a 73 pound dog that was breed for pulling:rolleyes: it's impossible when she wants something. She is friendly, but that is no excuse... She is impossible to control, and it's soooo embarrassing. I want to just go and hide. I want to get Sobaka to CGC, but this will be impossible right now... She does the same thing with other dogs... Her stay is normally perfect, but with other dogs or people, it's nonexistent. It's like she forgets EVERYTHING!:mad:

So please help!
 

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I have the EXACT same problems as you!! and it is no fun, sure I'm happy she's friendly but way too friendly. With me I can just ignore her and the jumping stops but when people come over out of the blue it goes overboard. I was thinking maybe putting the leash on and stepping on it so she can't continue to jump and whatever on people and after settling down then let her greet them nice. Other dogs, I can't control Dakota's excitement even though she plays quite often with other dogs. I know how embarrasing it is:eek:
 

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I am trying this out with a student who has this problem and has a Lionberger. We take a HIGH VALUE treat or toy and drop it on the floor right before dog gets to the person that they want to greet. The dog stops to at least check it out (its best if it is a toy or heavy enough treat that it makes a noise when it hits the floor - even a handful of kibble can work) and give you the split second to hopefully say "puppy sit!" You then, being such a prepared peson, happen to have more treats and can at least divide the dogs attention between the treat and the visitor, asking for sits instead of jumping.

We have also tried having the handler step in between the visitor and dog every time the dog jumps. The dog gets down, they get to see/sniff/be pet by the visitor. Dog jumps up and they get blocked from jumping and all they get is plain old boring mom. This usually works best with a friend who can help you and I would start after the dog has calmed down and already had the initial rude greeting. Have the friend leave and come back through the door a few times.

Most people will tell you to employ a family member first to go in and out of the door and have the dog practice polite greetings. Then graduate to someone who is less familiar, and then strangers. This is the whole idea of practicing with low reactivity/distractions so that you can have and reward success, and then building up. This is definately the ultimate goal but sometimes we need a little trick to help us get there in the mean time since this is a slow process.
 
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