Does your dog overreact when visitors come to your home? When you’re expecting guests, make sure your dog has gotten plenty of exercise that day. A bored or restless dog is more likely to overreact to a visitor. When your guests arrive, have your dog leashed so that you can control and correct any attempts to jump or rush at the visitor. If possible, ask your guests to ignore the dog and avoid eye contact with her until she is calm and ready to interact politely – attention from these interesting strange people in the house will likely escalate the excitement level!