why don't you have some friends and neighbors ring the bell and knock on the door and you stay inside with the dogs. my GF didn't want our dog barking at the door because she's a massage therapist and she has clients that come to our house. she didn't want her clients being greeted by a barking dog. so when our
dog was a puppy we started training him how to greet people.
when my dog was 9 weeks old we invited people over to play with our puppy. we invited friends and neighbors. we instructed everyone when they come over ring the bell and knock on the door. after they knocked on the door we told them to walk in and make a big fuss over the puppy and treat him.
now as the puppy got older we started crating him when we invited people over. we taught him to walk out of his crate. when he met the people at this point we always made him sit. we taught him to walk out of his crate, we taught him to sit at the door when people entered and we taught him to go to his crate.
now there's a bed (rug) where his crate use to be so we say go to your bed.
we invited a lot of people to our house. my dog was a year old before i lightened up on his greeting people training. now when people visit we can say go to your bed and he'll go and lay down.
depending who's at the door we might not say anything. if we don't say anything he'll go to the door and stand there and greet you with a wagging tail.
we also taught our dog when the door is open not to walk out of the house. when the door is open you don't won't your dog leaving the house.
Originally Posted By: 2dogs
So far I have begun to ring the bell, and have my fam let me in, and I ignore them completely until they calm themleves, it is going ok.
Any ideas would be appreciated.