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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 01-22-2012, 11:30 PM Thread Starter
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Do I want this from Kira??

Since Kira was about 4 months, when someone would enter my home, I taught Kira to "leave it". I did this to avoid having her jump on or scare someone.

If the past, when someone would walk in, or ring the doorbell, I would keep Kira with me or a family member, open the door, and make sure she doesn't get too excited, and jump or landshark someone.

NOW, as a result of this training, if someone rings the bell, she barks for a second, and watches from a distance. As soon as the person walks in, she goes in her crate, and just lays there. I didn't realize this, until I staged a few "quests" coming into my home.

People enter my home.. crate she goes.... on her own.

How do you feel about this?
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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 01-22-2012, 11:33 PM
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nothing wrong with that .
to check that she is not doing that out of avoidance, after a while give her a call to you . She does not need to visit your quests , but she should be responsive to you and be able to leave the crate .

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That's actually something I'm working on now. Before I open the door Tess must go lay down and I'll open the door to my guests. I'm very happy with the way things are going with it.
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I think I'm going to steal your idea.


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nothing wrong with that .
to check that she is not doing that out of avoidance, after a while give her a call to you . She does not need to visit your quests , but she should be responsive to you and be able to leave the crate .

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Carmen, this is exactly what I did.

My daughter had a teenage friend come over this evening. He walked in, Kira walked over to him, sniffed, and went into her crate. I was watching the football game, and prior to him walking in, I was sitting on the sofa, and Kira was laying next to me. I called Kira to "come", and she didn't respond. I had to "look" at her, and reassure her it was OK for her to come back on the sofa with me. I said, "OK" come, and I tapped the spot next to me. She ran out of her crate, and joined me.
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I think I'm going to steal your idea.
Right now she's a 6.5 month old puppy. One day, she'll scare the cr*p out of anyone that walks in my home. I wouldn't want that, so I thought some "manners" would be a good idea.
Just wasn't sure if the "automatic crate" was a good thing or not.
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I think if YOU'RE ok with it, that's what matters. Personally, I live in a slightly isolated spot, and DH is gone from the house half the week, meaning the kids and/or I are alone. I've always had Rocket accompany me and sit quietly while I open the door. My UPS guy remarked on him recently, saying "Keep that dog with you and you'll be more than fine". No one has to know that at least right now, he's Mr. Social Butterfly, wink wink.

Works for me--- and that's the thing. We all do what is best in our situation. If you're happy with it then that's the important thing.
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I think if YOU'RE ok with it, that's what matters. Personally, I live in a slightly isolated spot, and DH is gone from the house half the week, meaning the kids and/or I are alone. I've always had Rocket accompany me and sit quietly while I open the door. My UPS guy remarked on him recently, saying "Keep that dog with you and you'll be more than fine". No one has to know that at least right now, he's Mr. Social Butterfly, wink wink.

Works for me--- and that's the thing. We all do what is best in our situation. If you're happy with it then that's the important thing.
That's also part of my question.

I'm happy with what she does. Of course I am.
I was wondering if I should have cut out the crate part.
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Oh I don't know. People might think she's so awesomely protective you have to keep her calm, and realize she's totally under your control and with just one word from you...... Know what I'm saying'?
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Oh I don't know. People might think she's so awesomely protective you have to keep her calm, and realize she's totally under your control and with just one word from you...... Know what I'm saying'?
LOL...

Cool, a sleeping guard dog. LOL

How stealthy.
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