1. Your guest’s behavior at the door dictates your dog’s early success. Sadly you must accept that you cannot control humans, especially family humans.
2. The high pitch greeting your sister/mother/cousin does at the dog as they enter the house does not help the dog stay calm on their mat.
3. It’s not a good idea to ONLY practice this skill when you have guests because no one wants to melt on your hot porch as you attempt to get your dog into a stay. You have to practice with family first then test it on your guests!
4. How often did you have people over during the worldwide pandemic? Probably not very many so don’t set too high expectations for the dogs or the humans.
5. FedEx and UPS playing ding-dong ditch with your doorbell is never helpful for our dog’s front door behavior! Your dog will now be on alert at the sound of their truck.
6. Allowing your dog to watch out front windows and bark at the “scary” territorial threat-a-doodles walking on the sidewalk every day will definitely make the front door behavior worse.
7. Why are the neighborhood squirrels always having a party on my front porch when I open the door? My elbow and shoulder doctor want an answer!
8. Coincidently… maybe not…. the nosey neighbor always opens their door right as we pass startling both me and my dog, of course making her bark. Now we are both on edge anticipating it.
9. It takes years to work on this skill and ultimately the only dogs that don’t care about the front door are the old seniors that can’t hear and don’t care about getting up anyway. So by the time I finally get it trained with guests – my dog is too old to care!
10. Old dogs rule!