Excerpted from the article “Spa Day: How to Train Your Dog to Love a Bath, a Brushing, or Even a Mani/Pedi” by Colleen Koch, as featured in
Settle down over there!
Is your dog a little too excited? Too excitable?
Attention defines a relationship. Without it, there is not much interaction.
Don't mind your dog giving a woof or two when people pass or approach the house—but want him to stop when you've got the message?
It used to be that when I pulled into my driveway I could see my papillon's head bouncing up and down in the window. He was so excited to see me, and I was equally excited to see him! While the bouncing never bothered me, it was accompanied by wild barking. So, as an alternate behavior, I taught him to bring me a toy. Here's how you can do the same: