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My two golden boys go crazy with excitement when someone rings the door bell. When our company arrives they "compete" with each other on who gets the attention first. Before we added our second golden to the mix, I had Cash trained where he would wait until our guest came in and could only greet when I said it was ok. However, that flew out the window when we added Sam to the mix. Now it is all about who gets there first and all that training has gone by the wayside. What do you all do with multiple goldens who act this way when you have company. I am doing a test tonight with some friends and have told them to not pay any attention to the boys until they are calm. It seems the more attention they get the crazier they become. We shall see how this works. Any other suggestions would be great!
 

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Another thing I have noticed with my dogs is that when people step in the door and stop, they are crazier. If I ask them to walk back to the kitchen or into the livingroom, the dogs are much calmer in their greeting. I think a lot of it has to do with the enclosed space. Many times I put them outside until the person/people get in the door and then allow them in to greet. Sometimes I have them come into the kitchen with me and give them treats until the person/people are in the house.

I will say, I don't mind my dogs greeting visitors enthusiastically. They do not jump on them (that is NOT allowed), but they do all swarm around them. That is one area that I just don't get uptight about. When you come into my home and you know I have dogs, you can deal with it.
 

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I either saw this technique on tv or read about it. You're going to need 2 people plus a visitor.
After the door bells rings and the dogs run to the door and bark, have one person claim the door (get ahead of them) then give them a command to back up and sit/stay then while one person opens the door and greets the visitor the other person continually gives the dogs very yummy treats to keep their attention on you not the guest.
If you lose your dogs' attention, start again from the beginning with having someone ring the bell, get their attention, etc... You may also have to use a tastier treat for them to think you're more important.

I haven't tried this but i don't see why it wouldn't work. My guys aren't all that bad so it doesn't bother me to have them be the official greeters/inspectors.
 

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Mine are always put in the bedroom when company comes over then they come out in a few minutes after everyone is settled down. They see to forget that the company is there and just walk in without the getting to company first.
 
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