Originally Posted by sdeboer90
he's a very good boy for his age (so I think) and minds us...pretty well for the most part, we have been teaching him to sit when we see strangers.
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I'm not a big believer in teaching your pup to 'sit' when he sees strangers. You are teaching your dog to react -when he sees a stranger. You want to teach him not to react. A stranger is no threat unless you say it is.
If you want your pup to sit, teach it to sit. If you want your pup to sit when a stranger comes up to pet, then teach it to sit when a stranger has asked permission to pet your pup. BUT - if you are walking along the sidewalk and Mr. Stanger is walking towards you, you want your pup to ignore - not react - continue walking with you.
If your pup is focusing on Mr. Stranger, then you want to play focus games with your pup. Teach your pup its fun and wonderful to focus on you. One way is to teach him to 'look' - where he'll look straight into your eyes - and hold the gaze till you release him (puppy! a moment or two!) from the gaze. Therefore, if you are walking down the side walk, and you see pup starting to react (watches stranger) you say, "Look!" and pup breaks focus from Mr. Stranger and looks at you for a treat. You repeat the process while passing Mr. Stranger, throwing a huge party because your pup didn't react to Mr. Stranger.