Some dogs over-react even to small amounts of stimulation and go ballistic
when they come into contact with someone (everyone)! You can work more
easily with dogs like this, and help them succeed in learning this behavior, by
having them on leash. Ask the dog to sit, drop the leash and step on it. This
limits the dog’s range of motion and allows you to keep the dog under control.
If the dog breaks the sit and lunges forward as someone approaches, tell
him to sit again and ask the person to step back and stand still. If the dog
remains in a sit, the person may approach again and the dog can be rewarded.
The dog is learning two things: that jumping up or breaking the sit gets him
nothing that he wants or likes, and that remaining in a sit and staying calm
earns him things that he does want and likes. Broaden the dog’s range of
experience by training this behavior in a variety of locations – a supermarket
or mall parking lot, oath Post Office are great places to work on this. People
will often come up to you and ask you if they can pet your dog and are happy
to spend a few minutes helping you our with a training session. The more
people a dog interacts with, the better he’ll get at behaving in an appropriate
Dogs, like people, learn quickly and easily when they are reinforced for
making good choices. If you are willing to put some time and effort into
teaching your dog how to behave well in human society he will reward you
with increasingly good behavior. “My name is NO NO BAD DOG!” will be come
a thing of the past.