Your Labrador Retriever will probably follow your example concerning non-family members in the home. Your Labrador is also lovely in front of guests. For instance, if you warmly greet your visitor, your Lab probably will too. They probably feel which guest is special for you. If that one is special for you, then they will also become unique for your Lab.
Your Labrador Retriever may be shy around non-family members at home. They warmly greet your guest, but if you are not particularly happy to see the visitor, your Lab may be more standoffish. The Lab will follow all your instructions in front of your guest.
In this blog, you will get to know the behavior of your Lab in front of your guest or non-family member. I will also tell you how you train your Labrador retriever to behave calmly in front of your guest. Apart from this, I will also share the tips you may follow if you find any interruption because of your Lab in front of your guest.
1. Your Lab greets your visitor:
Your Labrador is the best copy cat of their owner. They copy precisely everything. When a guest appears at your home, they probably copy your welcoming attitude. If you love to welcome your guest, they also love to greet your visitor. They feel your emotion that’s why they are the best companion of humans. If you warmly welcome your guest, they are happier than you to greet them.
But in most cases, if you are not particularly happy to see the visitor, as I said, they are good copy cat but also feel your emotion towards your guest; in this case, your Labrador may be more standoffish. Don’t make your Lab feel that you are not happy to see your guest.
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2. Your Labrador may be shy:
Labrador Retriever may become shy in front of non-family members at first. But don’t worry; you can encourage your Lab to relax by being overly upbeat and happy whenever you have guests. After few moments, you can introduce them to your guest. If your guests love to see your Lab, they also so glad to greet them. They feel the emotion of humans. You can also use the same technique to help your Labrador retriever be less nervous with unfamiliar people and situations outside the home.
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3. Your Lab may hump:
You can call it embarrassing dog behavior. It probably occurs when a dog gets overexcited or anxious. Your Lab may also be hump when they see guests or non-family members at their homes. You can train your dog to limit your Lab’s arousal behavior levels by teaching calming behavior.
Your guest has some responsibility to take in front of your Lab. You can advise your guest to be calm at your home. You also tell them not to raise the level of excitement, frustration, or anxiety.
Your guest’s children may get humped first by your Lab. You can give a guest child a special toy at the door when they appear in front of your Lab so they can provide your Lab when entering your home. You can also tell your guest children how they stand still and be like a tree. This posture helps to set your Lab up for success and limit their exuberance around greetings.
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Six Steps to Train Your Labrador retriever to Greet Visitors:
Sometimes you need to train your Lab to greet your guest and not disturb them. The six crucial steps of training may help your Lab:
- You can get help from your family member, friend, or neighbor to help you when guests arrive at your home.
- You can give your Lab some good and high-value treats in your pocket.
- Hang your dog’s leash over the doorknob or have it somewhere close to the door.
- Ask your helper to ring the doorbell or knock on your door.
- Follow your dog to the door and call out to your helper, “Hold on, please, while I leash the dog!”
- Then leash your dog, ask him to sit, and open the door. If your dog breaks the sit, ask your helper to close the door and begin again. (source)
Tips you can follow when a guest appears:
- You can keep your Lab on a leash when any non-family members arrive. You can hold your Lab on a leash until the guest has settled, and your Lab is less excited before you allow him to greet.
- Use doors, crates, and baby gates to keep your Lab contained. But it is essential to let your Lab see the guest coming into the home. It can help your Lab to know what to expect when he is finally allowed to greet.
- You can put your Lab in the backyard, upstairs, or another when non-family arrive if your Lab is particularly rambunctious or fearful of visitors.