People love to pet Golden Retrievers! When people do that, I hold up one finger, smile, and nod as if to say wait a minute, then I pull Emmitt to me and get his attention until he calms down. Then treat and greet. I also ask the person to say "sit" in a firm command and it usually works. My pup is 11 months. He did very well in Home Depot a few days ago except when one young lady was very excited to see him and caught me off guard. He pulled right to her and jumped. It's a process.Oh yes we practice a lot and he’s so good at it usually but when people get in his face and want to pet him he just malfunctions lol. But we keep at it multiple times a day every day.
We took him to the pet store in a cart from home and a lady came up to us didn’t even ask and she was holding a lizard and getting in my puppies face even though she saw how excited he was she was ramping it up and her lizards tail was a few inches from my puppies head! We just had to walk away because it would have been our fault if our puppy nipped her lizard even though she was in our personal space. He was a good boy and didn’t though. Everyone sees a fuzzy cute golden retriever puppy and they have an excitement melt down!