Does your dog have a habit of saying hello to people by knocking them over? Does Fido take his door doggy duties a bit too seriously? Here, a North Phoenix, AZ vet offers tips on teaching your canine buddy better petiquette.

Ignore Fido

We know, dogs are masters at getting us to pay attention to them, one way or another. Some will even settle for negative attention. This can actually encourage bad behavior, especially if Fido knows that you’ll only be grumpy for a moment before offering ear scritches. Whenever you react to your pup’s bad behavior, you’re actually rewarding him. Ignore your pooch when he isn’t being polite. Don’t pet, talk to, or even look at him until he’s being calm. Once your furry pal is behaving himself, go ahead and offer him praise and affection.

Be Consistent

When it comes to teaching dogs anything, patience and consistency are key. You won’t have much luck changing your four-legged friend’s habits if you keep breaking down and petting him for greeting you!

Don’t Fall For The Happy Dance

We know, dogs are adorable when they do that little ‘Welcome Home’ happy dance. It’s always nice to know that your furry best friend is waiting for you, and will jump for joy when you walk in the door. Stay strong, and ignore Fido, even when he’s being extra cute.


Teach Fido to Sit or Lay Down when the doorbell rings. If you want your pup to alert you when there is someone at the door, but then go Lay Down, you’ll need to incorporate that in your training. Ask your vet or a professional dog behaviorist for advice.

Enlist Help

Is Fido jumping on people? You’ll need a volunteer to break this bad habit. If you have a large pooch, choose someone your canine pal won’t knock over. This person will need to go out and come back in a few times. He or she should ignore your pooch if he barks, growls, or jumps. When your pup finally realizes that it’s just the same person coming in and out, he’ll probably get tired of raising the alarm, and stop reacting. At that point, your cohort should offer praise and yummy treats.

Please reach out to us, your North Phoenix, AZ vet clinic, for all your pet’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help!