My 4 month old lab gets overly excited when around people.
Our puppy is good around the house; he plays well with the family, is potty trained ,crate trained and obedient with the family. But when he sees anyone other than family, he is all over them jumping, licking and will not listen to commands.
Once he is familiar with the person for 10 to 15 minutes he settles down. Also when the door bell rings he knows someone new is at the door, we have him sit and stay but once he sees them he gets very excited and will not listen.
Any advice would be very much appreciated, Thank You!
For four months old, your pup is doing very well - you've done a great job so far. What you describe is actually very normal puppy behavior, and some pups (and breeds) can be more excitable than others. Labs are one of the breeds that can be a bit 'highly strung' and get over-excited.
It's really just a case of practicing with him and constantly showing him what behavior you expect. It will probably take a while for him to learn how to contain his excitement (after all he is still very young!) but he will learn if you are consistent and patient.
The more practice he gets, the better, so 'setting up' visits is a good idea unless you get tons of regular visitors. I'd recommend putting on his leash when someone knocks or comes to the door, so that you have him under control when the door opens. Then, use a swift tug on his leash and a firm "NO" to correct him if he lunges, jumps and so on. Once his four feet are on the ground, praise him calmly and ask him to 'sit'. When he sits, give him a treat at once and have the visitor 'greet' and pet him. If he starts to bounce and jump again, correct him again and start over.
You will need to be patient, and always use loving discipline, never harsh words or physical punishments, and rewarding good behavior is just as important as correcting bad behavior. The more socialization your pup gets the better, as this will help 'de-sensitize' him to strangers and so on. Check out my Socialize Your Puppy page to learn more.
I'd also recommend that you check out the local Dog Obedience Schools and get your pup enrolled in a Puppy Class or Basic Obedience Class as soon as possible. This will help you both, and it's amazing what some one-on-one professional help can do :o)
It definitely sounds as though your on the right track with your pup, and I think he will do just fine if you follow the advice above. Best of luck with him.