Features September 2018 Issue

How to Teach Your Dog to Greet Nicely

It’s a great idea to teach your dog to both greet people calmly, and “not greet” just as calmly, passing by humans and/or dogs without fussing or pulling. Don’t expect this to happen without practicing and rewarding your dog for the behavior you want!

How to Teach Your Dog to Greet Nicely

Calm and collected is the name of the game, whether you would like your dog to greet others or pass them by.

On any given day, depending on the circumstances, a dog might have a multitude of opportunities to meet and greet a number of other creatures: dogs, cats, horses, a variety of other species, and all sorts of humans. Some dogs seem to do it with aplomb, while others are clearly overexcited and unable to contain themselves. I suspect most if not all of us would far rather have the dog who’s calm, cool, and collected rather than the other option. So how do we get there?

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