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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 10-13-2016, 10:37 AM Thread Starter
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Hello everyone hoping to get a little bit of help on what I should do. Realistically the know I should be calling a professional trainer but I've recently bought a new house (for the first time) and hope you guys can help in the meantime until I save enough money to get with one! My one year old Shepherd ellie is good with basic obedience skills, sit stay lay down paw roll over stuff like that and in general she is just a good girl never had a hard time with jumping or excessive barking or even chewing! But she does have this one habit of when people come to the house and she knows they're about to walk in, her energy spikes through the roof and there is no listening to me .... AT ALL! I'm talking nothing yelling won't get to her, treat won't get her attention there is no way she will listen until she has greeted the incoming guests and like I said she doesn't necessarily jump (rarely) but she has a tendency to get between everyone's legs and trip them up. I've tried walking her before guests come over but that didn't seem to work she still got overly excited. So after all that I guess my question is how do I get through to my pup when she is in this super charged state?

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Have you tried putting her on leash so you can control her? Yelling rarely works since it just makes more excitement. If using a leash to better control her and have her sit doesn't work, then I would put her in her crate in another room until the guests arrive, they have sit down and she has calmed down a bit.

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You are not alone,lol!My three get excited when we have visitors also.I gate them off in another room and instruct everyone to ignore them.When the adrenaline rush has obviously dissipated and they are relaxed and laying down,they are let in to greet,with the guests cautioned to stay low key.The dogs walk around and sniff then chill.

Sending her to her crate or bed until she relaxes would work equally well.

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Ya the leash is weird because it almost seems to entice her to jump even more because I'll hold her back then when people come to greet her she will immediately spring up onto them an even after a quick leash pop and a no she will do it to the next person anyways so I've kind of given up on the leash (in this scenario only lol ) as for putting her in a seperate room thats something I haven't tried yet, and the i just never though to put her in the crate because I didn't want her to think I was punishing her in a way ya know? Although the i guess that may be better than a seperate room so that way she can still see them as they enter?

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She won't think of it as punishment if you're matter of fact about it.My dogs will automatically head for the room now when a car pulls into the driveway and I touch the gate.

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Yeah Max always gets super psyched. When guest are over we have to leash him as he will jump on anyone more so if ignored in the beginning till he calms down. My sister pays no attention to Max so he will make sure she sees him. He jumped up on my dad the other day then try to jump in his lap to give him kisses. We are working on it we do practice the go to your spot admit I have to be more in it. I was watching a obedience trial and saw a few dogs get their ribbons who one. I think every dog competing jumped on their owner or on someone else once out of the ring-lol! All this training sometimes max still will behave like a loon it just made me feel kind of better. This is a good video about going to your spot or place.
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http://pin.it/YGmo_h6

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Haha well it's nice to know I'm not alone on this topic! Maybe I will go for the crated way, I like the way dogma out it, to do it in a matter of fact way! And after I've thought about it she always been crate trained but ever since we moved rules got a little relaxed and ellie has been a little "bratty" as of late about having to go in when she needs to so maybe a little more time with the crate wouldn't hurt

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Yeah Max always gets super psyched. When guest are over we have to leash him as he will jump on anyone more so if ignored in the beginning till he calms down. My sister pays no attention to Max so he will make sure she sees him. He jumped up on my dad the other day then try to jump in his lap to give him kisses. We are working on it we do practice the go to your spot admit I have to be more in it. I was watching a obedience trial and saw a few dogs get their ribbons who one. I think every dog competing jumped on their owner or on someone else once out of the ring-lol! All this training sometimes max still will behave like a loon it just made me feel kind of better. This is a good video about going to your spot or place.
http://pin.it/L9090Lv
http://pin.it/YGmo_h6
Thanks for the links I'll definitely check them out later when I'm done working!

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Sure! I hope they help. I also give Max the ball it does help him control his excitement. Once he has the ball he really does not jump as it gives him some job to do. He will walk around with the ball but not jump. eventually will harass guests with the ball in their lap then ball is put away. Got that idea in this forum and really helped much.
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