Does this sound familiar?
You’re relaxing at home curled up on the couch reading your favorite book. You just put your two toddlers in for a nap and you’re enjoying the brief moment of peace and quite. As you take a deep breadth and smile contently something happens that causes your peaceful world to collapse and chaos to ensue.
The doorbell rings, which causes your dog to go ten shades of nuts, barking, whining and howling as he scratches and jumps at the door. You jump out of your skin, the kids wake up screaming and your poor neighbor who is on the other side of the door is now running back to his house for fear that the demon dog might escape your house and eat him alive.
Not a fun scenario, but is one too many people can relate to. In this episode we’ll talk about how to stop the madness and get your dog to chill at the door.
In this episode
1:00 My new project: The Small Business Rocket Ship
2:03 Listener question
3:53 Why dogs react to the door
6:09 The first thing to do when your dog goes nuts
7:36 Taking over space
8:56 Working down the “scale of reactivity”
10:55 Using sit/stays
11:59 Desensitizing the trigger