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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-16-2012, 12:04 AM Thread Starter
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1 Year Old Female charges at door

Our dog Bella charges at the door barking and whimpering until we open it, then she has to jump on whoever is at the door and will not listen. She is fairly obedient beyond that, if I say "Bed" she knows where to go but when somebody is at the door she will not listen. Her jumping has been getting better and overall she is an awesome pupnick (my nickname for her). But I want her to listen even when she doesn't want too as far as that is concerned. I was told to command her in a stern voice and all she does is look at me and go right back to the door. Any advice would be awesome, Thanks!
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Put a line on her and set her up....have someone come to the door and tell her to 'bed'. Use a clicker or a prong to get your point across. Repeat over and over about 4-5 times/put her up in her crate so she can process what she just did.
Next session, review it and then up the distraction after you are sure she knows what is expected(Proof the exercise)....end it with praise/treats when she goes to her bed without fail(again put her up after the training session to process what she did).
Repeat the proofing session again every couple of days and hope it works when you really need it!

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I'm glad you posted this. I have this problem with Grim as well. He's gotten so fast at going down the stairs that now someone has to hold him at the top of the stairs to let the other person go out the door! Is a four month old too young to train this out of?

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Jag, you want to start training when they're young.
you want control when they're older. i taught my dog
"go to your crate" and "go to your bed". when people
entered the house i had them pet my dog while
he was on his bed or in his crate. asking people
to pet him was a good distraction and reinforcement.
when my door learned "stay" that also controlled
his charging the door.
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Use a leash to control the lunging at the door. Step on it if she jumps up and don't let whoever comes in give her any attention when she is jumping. Make her sit before going out. Actually, I started making Stella sit before she did anything for a while. Now it has become habit for her and she knows that doors mean sit first.
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Leash. She should not be allowed to approach the door in the first place.

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I'm glad you posted this. I have this problem with Grim as well. He's gotten so fast at going down the stairs that now someone has to hold him at the top of the stairs to let the other person go out the door! Is a four month old too young to train this out of?
Never do stairs without a leash.
They can slip and injure themselves. I know because it happened here, but I was able to save him from a really nasty fall had I not been able to hold him back.
Not to mention that stairs can stress the joints if they jump the last ones, which many dogs like to do.
Keep him leashed and tell him to go slowly, every time.
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