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post #2 of (permalink) Old 06-18-2014, 05:19 PM
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There are a couple things you could do.

You could have him sit or lie down when people are coming in - engage his brain so he doesn't get so excited he wants to snap.

You could teach him to carry a ball or toy in his mouth (can't snap with his mouth full) when people are visiting or before he can be pet. I trained mine to hold a ball when greeting people because he can be particularly shark-ish.

In conjunction with teaching him good behaviors, if you keep a short lead on him, any time he snaps you can give him a negative marker, like an "Eh!" and immediately remove him to another room for ten seconds.

Puppy school and training in general will also help tremendously with his self control.
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