…you put a LOT of work into training your dog, and then your guests come over… completely ignorant on how dogs think, and blow your training out of the water?!
I have a great dane puppy, and because of the size he will grow to be, it’s imperrative that he is trained right. People come to my house, and let him jump all over them, bit their fingers, pull on the leash, jump in their faces, and they don’t make him sit to be pet. No matter how many times I explain to my friends, they just DON’T GET IT and they keep on! I sit here and grit my teeth. My dog isn’t learning to respect my guests because of it.
They also insist on playing rough with him. That’s a big no-no in my home… I have a 14 month old son.
No, I’m not going to lock my dog up. He needs the socialization. He is really well behaved, and easily corrected by me… but I find myself correcting my GUESTS more than anything. He mouthes them with his sharp teeth… I tell them time and time again.."DONT let him do that, or he will think he can bite my son", so they say, "Don’t bite" in a really high-pitched, happy voice, which only encourages it. I keep him on a leash from time to time while they are here, but I have guests over almost constantly, and I wouldn’t do that to my dog.
Tell your guests do not mess with your dog as he is in training. Maybe a sign akin to the sign they use while training Seeing-Eye Dogs, and the Signs they attach to Service Dogs while in service would get the point across.
You must attach this sign to your baby when Guest are in your home: "Please do not pet, or play with me, I am in training to protect my family" Thank You for your cooperation, Signed (your Dog’s Name)