Features February 2015 Issue

3 Steps For Solving Your Dog's Overexcited Behavior at the Door

Instead of fixating on what you don’t want, start the “improving door behaviors” project (and all problem-behavior-solving projects) by visualizing what behavior you do want your dog to exhibit in a given, specific situation.

3 Steps For Solving Your Dog's Overexcited Behavior at the Door

Doors are fascinating to dogs. Think about it: Doors are reliable predictors of all kinds of exciting stuff. People enter through doors – people you like and people you don’t like. People leave through doors – people you want to stay, and people you want to go. A door plus a leash equals a WALK! Or maybe a RIDE IN THE CAR! And when the magic door noise happens (whether it’s a doorbell or a knock), the humans often speed to the door and engage in an orgy of greeting rituals guaranteed to be arousing to a dog, including loud voices, handshaking, sometimes even hugging and back-slapping. Small wonder that a significant percentage of dogs develop undesirable door-related behaviors, including:

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