1 Clever Trick For Calming Down Over Excited Dogs

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Does your dog get WAY too excited and out of control when he sees something he wants in his environment?  Watch this video to discover a clever trick for how to finally start teaching your dog to calm down on command…

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There are 93 Comments

  1. Lin Bauer says:

    I do very similar actions with my huskyxGSD but I have a treat in my hand, and she will not exit the door until I have given her treat, the door can be open with the other 3 dogs exiting but she will wait but it took my more like 2wks to get her to that level.

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  2. Joanne says:

    Elizabeth you need to read Kathleen Gee’s comments and watch the video again.

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  3. Marilyn says:

    I have a 10 month golden and have used this technique of getting eye contact before ….. Eating or opening the door or any other activity which has helped to focus this very active and crazy puppy

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  4. Helen Taliaferro says:

    I have been using the “watch me” command at front door and it has helped calm my barking dog down. I let the other two dogs out first and make Biscuit watch me and calm down before she goes out. She still runs like the wind after she gets off porch. We still have major issues inside with the barking with Biscuit. I may try the clicker.

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  5. Janet Igo says:

    I have used “Watch Me” or “Face” forever. I have also used the clicker method, which I have found on some dogs it works great but on others, not so much. The problem I am having at the moment is trying to train two dogs at once with no way to seperate them to give them one on one training. I really need to make this work due to my elderly mother in the home and they both need to obey all commands for Service!

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  6. Lily says:

    To Janet Igo: When you described your situation, it sounds so much like mine. My 90 year old mother lives in the house. In addition to the 6 month old male Golden and a 1 yr old female Lab, there are 3 small poodles (11-12 yrs old- 2 four pound; brother and sister, 1 male ten pound) Talk about needing help!! I keep screaming HELPPPPPPPP!!!!

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  7. DEbbie says:

    I’m wondering how to take the lead of my pug puppy so she doesn’t run away from us.x

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  8. Dawn Snyder says:

    I’m working with my dog and she’s working very well with what you have said. Thank you.

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  9. GRACE BUSCH says:

    I have a version for letting them come in where they also have to wait, seated, and without barking before I’ll let them in. It took awhile but it works. They also have learned to sit and wait until I give the command for them to go eat.

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  10. Karen says:

    Chet!! I have so many ‘issues’ with Jet my dog!! I did try this but live in a row of terrace houses, not only does she bark continuously but jumps up and down too once the leash is on it’s a nightmare. Neighbours have complained about her barking and staying at the door until she looks at me is hard my friend! But thank you for sharing the video and I will keep trying to get her attention but sadly for me it’s not working kind regards Karen and Jet

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  11. Maureen Falkingham says:

    Hi Chet,
    Thanks for the e-mail, I am trying very hard to follow your video, but I have a VERY stubborn 9month Jackadoodle pup, she also is still going mental at the door and when anyone comes into the house and has started to jump, it is getting very tedious.

    Regards
    Maureen

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  12. Paula Juvinall says:

    My dog is fine at the door but horrible in the car when we stop somewhere. He wines so bad. He can’t make eye contact thru the sliding van door so this doesn’t work. I open the door and when he whines I close it sometimes taking 20 min for him to calm down. Suggestion?

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  13. Sandra McCord says:

    Hi Chet. My dog is a seven year old rescued Shar Pei. He has improved a lot with us but still a few problems. Certain people he will growl at and won’t go near, will sometimes squabble with our other Shar oei (both guilty of initiating fights) especially over food and separation anxiety when my husband leaves him. He has a few other issues you mention like barging up and down stairs, doors, pulling on lead and not listening. Looking at this list he appears to be a nightmare but he is a lovely dog when he is calm! Is it possible to train him out of these habits? He had a hard life until he came to us and I will admit, he is a bit spoiled. That bit I can fix 😄 thank you

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  14. Karen Schwartz says:

    I have not tried this method. My dogs obey the “wait” command when the door is open. I then step outside and give the release “OK” then they run out. This is more challenging if my male dog sees a cat, squirrel or rabbit out the window first. I need help desensitizing him the these critters.

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  15. Thanks Chet i do this training every time I go out of the door it takes a while but my 2 Jack Russell’s are starting to get the hang of it i also do it when going back in which is easier as they have had their walk and are not as excited

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  16. Chuck says:

    Hey guys !! Watched the video good start both the dogs& I need more reps.

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  17. Elia says:

    I will soon get my adopted beagle…. he’s coming Jun 17th. I understand he comes with separation anxiety. Any tips??

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  18. Sally says:

    I have a 15 mo. Standard Poodle who came with many fears and issues at 3 months. I also have 2 small dogs. The Poodle, Sophie, likes to plunge through all 3 of us to get out into the porch area. Now I have taught her to back up, then sit and wait. I let the 2 small dogs out, close the door for a few seconds, open the door and say “OK Sophie, you can go” and she walks through the door opening. I use the back up command when they go out in the morning and other times when all 3 want out. At this point I am really proud of Sophie because she knows the “drill” and it goes so smoothly.

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  19. Marcie Vedrani says:

    We have door and stair manners and most walking manners under great control. My two 2-1/2 year old labs understand that I go first when off leash walking anywhere in my home and outside without distractions. We have taking turns with fetching a ball or stick under control. BUT….Upon first site of another dog, bunny or person, I totally lose their attention and I cannot calm the pulling, jumping nor barking. We like to camp and my goal is to have them calm during these type of distractions. Any tips would be much appreciated.

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  20. Jolene Reith says:

    I did try this and believe it or not it worked pretty well the first time I tried it. It only took about 5 tries to get them ( I have 2 schnauzers) look at me and stay put until the door was all the way open before he went out. Usually they were jumping up on the door.

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  21. Missy says:

    Works

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  22. Gary Perkins says:

    I really cannot afford your courses but the few thing that I have learned from you certainly helped in a number of ways to train my dog, and I have to say he really enjoys it. It shows at the end of the day that us humans need the training to look after our best friends.
    Thanks

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  23. Terry says:

    Thanks I will take more time to watch your great videos. Thanks

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  24. Florence says:

    I tried it and it worked for my 9 months old puppy-Pomeranian mix. It took me 10 min to train him.

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  25. Gloria says:

    This is working for my 15 month old Boston terrier. I just need to continue w/this training. I do have problem w/her not coming when I call. Any suggestions?

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  26. Gigi Black says:

    Yes, this trick does work for going out a door. I can get my mini poodle to calm down until I open the door, then he he will run out. Coming into the house is another issue. He is jumping and bouncing all over. Once I open and shut the door a few times he will sit and wait for me to come in. Once I step one foot in, he starts bouncing and jumping all over me. Jumping and hitting me with his front paws is one of the biggest issues I have. The “off” command works only sometimes.

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  27. Martha Gordon says:

    Yes. The video was very helpful. I’ve only tried this twice so far but my 3 yr old female boxer/ pit mix is starting to watch me.

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  28. Meg DeSilva says:

    Our trainer just taught us this tonight in his training lesson. I will keep doing it until our dog gets it right the first time. It’s a great way to teach impulse control. Thank you for sending me the link!

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  29. Karen says:

    Wow…I tried this with our 5-month-old puppy, It works!!! Keep calm and quiet during the training session as Chet demonstrates. THEY GET IT! BRAVO, Chet!

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  30. Sandy says:

    I have a German shepherd who is 4 yrs old. My problem is he won’t stop Bitting and pulling to the point of jerking me plus winning and or barking. I so much want to take him for walks. Could you please give me soon Advice. I’ve looked for video’s and haven’t found any with my problem. I own a clicker but not sure how to use it for my situation. Please any suggestions. Thanks for taking the time to read and responding. Plankton (my dog) thanks you also.

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  31. Mike preciado says:

    Hi, i have 6 dogs, and they all need impulse control, so when i tried this i go 1 by 1, but its difficult because my other dogs get excited the one im trying to control, so what can i do in this case??

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    Minette Reply:

    Read this http://www.thedogtrainingsecret.com/blog/train-dog-time-question-answered/

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  32. Cheryl Bryson says:

    5 month old puppy. When I’ve been out of the house, or husband out of the house, the jumping up as we are coming in the door is like she has springs on her feet. I totally ignore her and trying to continue walking through, but often I come close to tripping because of her antics. Husband uses a cane because of balance issues, so this is dangerous. She jumps up on us throughout the day, and I continuously tell her “down” and push her to a seated position, or tell her “no” and push her to a seated position or just tell her to sit. She remains seated for about one second, maybe two. This excited activity really needs correcting, and we work on it every day … but we’re getting nowhere. She knows what down means, she knows what off means, she knows sit, and I’ve tried the eye contact once she’s seated … Help!!!

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  33. Diana says:

    I have a 2 1/2 yr old shepherd/ridgeback mix who does really well at the door if we are going outside. It’s a totally different story if there is someone on the other side. She doesn’t bark but gets so excited that I can’t even get her attention. I don’t know how to use your technique without having a delivery person or salesperson stand there for 20 min as I open and shut the door. I also have trouble when we are on walks if she sees another person or dog. And if she reaches them she jumps and licks at the same time. I’m sure it can be intimating to have this 77lb beauty coming at you full force. She is such a good dog in every other way.

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  34. Sandra says:

    We have a two yr old Yorkiepoo that we got from a kennel in Feb. and have two major issues. 1. Can’t get her to like the car at all and 2. Separation anxiety is just terrible when we leave her to go do errands. What can we do. We need HELP BADLY !!!

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  35. Melanie says:

    I have been using this technique with the fur gang (3) for about 4 months now. Madi, my girl with the lowest impulse control, now sits at the door quickly. However I frequently need to back her up as our back entry is small. She will now keep eye contact until the door opens. Much bettet’. She is happier. She is 8 and has cancer. It could be the training that keeps her motivated to carry on…

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  36. Anne-Louise says:

    Eye contact is proving a good way for my dog to obey. I have a similar problem with my Labrador as Diana, in that he loves to greet visitors at the door. I think we are getting somewhere slowly. At least he does sit until the door is open, but then I have to break the eye contact.

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  37. denise wilson says:

    MY tiny timid Charlie is a rescue Jack Russell. I have had im for two months and even though i changed his name he comes when called ..even when barking at the next door neighbour. However her barks constantly if I leave him in my car or the house. How can i stop this behaviour when i am out of sight. By the way he does not like ANY type of treat.. and I mean ANY. his only obsession is his little ball.

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  38. Debra Lee says:

    Chet, I am adapting your techniques for use with my two black Lab mix 3-year-olds who have lived their entire lives outdoors. (Moving them indoors is not an option.) They already know “Sit” and I converted one dog’s impulse to jump on me into “do the Conga” for a treat (he jumps up and stands on his hind legs without contact with me — usually after Sit). Now when I go out to feed them, they have learned that they must go back “Inside” their dog run before I will approach the closed gate. Using your door impulse technique, I’m getting them to “Settle down” before I will open the gate and enter the run to put down their dishes while they Sit (now without any verbal command — trained before I learned of your courses).
    I definitely see improvement in their behavior, and things generally go well — but I am unsure how to handle the alpha dog when he decides to break training altogether. He will make a game of going back in under the gate (one of their dig-outs) then coming back outside after a couple seconds — or he won’t go inside at all. Meanwhile, my other dog has fully complied with the routine and is sitting quietly for his meal. If I walk past the one to feed the other, the first dog follows me into the run and sits. I end up feeding them both to prevent a food fight. How do I reinforce training for the noncompliant dog without “punishing” the compliant one by delaying his dinner? It seems to me that either action weakens the commands. Because of this occasional willfulness we’re still having challenges with Come when Called and any other extended-freedom training. Not able to separate the dogs, plus the unwanted behavior is unpredictable and only occasional.

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