Have you ever noticed that nearly everyone in the world believes that they are an expert on what is best for your dog?
Personally and professionally, I have found that one of the toughest areas of training can be teaching good greeting behavior.
I’m not talking about the dog training part of it. It’s the people training that’s real tough.
Why is it that when we tell people to “please just ignore my dog when you come in”. That they inevitably take that statement to mean “stare at my dog who is trying to sit still, and make cooing noises while approaching him head on as if you are going to pet him, then stop just out his reach and stare some more while giving him a dissertation on why you feel bad for him because he has to stay on his dog bed.”
The dog is easy, teach him to stay on his “place”, make sure he knows that there is a clear and predictable set of rewards and consequences related to that behavior, and viola! But the humans have their own agenda.
Well. . . . I devised a solution to this conundrum several years ago that is based in the ridiculousness of human psychology.
There is one great truth known to mankind: Humans are suckers for talking dogs!
That’s right, tell the humans yourself to ignore the dogs, and you can bet that your words will fall on deaf ears. But have the dogs say it. . . . . and you’ll be cookin’ with fire.
That’s right, us Silly Humans will do anything the dog says.