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Many problems with dogs can stem from a lack of self confidence, or relying on their owners for security. This often causes problems like excessive barking, attention seeking, health disorders and sometimes self mutilation. Dogs needs to feel confident in themselves but not so confident that they become dominant.
Shouting or hitting a dog is never a solution, especially for dogs that have no self confidence, it will only make things worse. You will never convince a nervous dog that you have a reason for getting angry and lashing out at them.
Dogs don't speak our language, we simply cannot tell them off, for what they did while you were out. The only way to build confidence in a dog is by setting an example.
Nothing to worry about
If they do become over-excited simply ignore them, walk away or put them in another room (20 to 30 seconds is sufficient). If they get excited when you (or they) come back, put them out to try again. Dogs will only get excited if there is something to get excited about. If there is no reward for getting excited then they will learn not to do it.
If they have been doing it for a while then it may take some time to unlearn it. If you teach your dog to have some confidence then they will take many more things in their stride and will be far more enjoyable to you.
Keep leads loose
Remember that a dog will pick up behaviour patterns from their surroundings, if you are nervous and stressful then your dog will almost certainly be too, which will make you more nervous and stressful and so on...
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