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Going Through the Door

I have a dog that about goes through the door when someone walks by, comes to the porch, etc. He stops barking if I say “no bark”, but how can I get him to not have such a reaction? I see other dogs that just lie quietly by the door and watch us walk by, how can I get Max to do the same?
Katie

Hi Katie,

One of the reasons most people have dogs is for alerting us when someone is around. And it is very normal when they do bark to notify us. If your dog gets quiet when you ask him to, that is great! Good job!

However, if your dog “goes through the door”, then you might consider some behavior modification to help resolve the intensity of the reaction.

I would recommend that when you are home and supervising your dog, have him wear/drag a leash around, so when a situation arises where is trying to “go through the door”, you can grab the leash and pull him back away from the door until he calms himself. Make sure your praise him when he gets calm and quiet. You may have to repeat this several times before you see an improvement, but as with everything training, practice makes perfect.

There are some other tools we can use if you need help beyond the above. If so, please be sure to give me a call and we can set up an appointment.

Tina

MerryMac Dog Training & Nutrition Center
Sprayberry Square Shopping Center
2550 Sandy Plains Road NE, Suite 365
Marietta, GA 30066
Phone: 770-579-3865

Mon, September 27 2010 » Ask the Expert, Training

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Molly

I am a three year old German Shepherd from South Georgia.  I don’t really have a favorite toy because my favorite things are sleeping and getting petted on the head. Although if I do get up some energy I will admit that I love getting into the trash to look for napkins.

My brother Teddy is lots of fun to play with, plus he usually takes the blame for my chewing.  I really like him for that!  I love to bark a lot; sometimes my humans do not appreciate that so much.  I am SUPER special because I am a white German Shepherd and that is not so common I hear.

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