I have been practicing having someone ring the doorbell or knock. I put her on leash. I don't open the door so she has no idea who it is. She barks and barks, pulls at the leash to the point her barking is almost "choked." I try to get a "quiet"/treat in there if she pauses but she rarely pauses and is pulling the whole time. If she quiets for a second and I praise her and give her a treat, she is either too excited to eat or she tries to eat it and bark at the same time and starts choking on the treat (small, like cheese bits or kibble or hot dog bits) and coughing it out as she barks.
Note, she is, I think, not at all aggressive about her barking. It is more like she is so so so excited she cannot contain herself, although sometimes if it is a stranger, she hackles.
She has not responded to trying to get her into a down when she is worked up like this. I can get her to sit for a split second but not stay. Her OB in other conditions is very good, so I guess she is just way too excited.
When we do open the door and she sees it is someone she knows, she continues super excited but higher pitched barking and wagging and pulling to greet them but I don't allow her to greet until she settles a bit which takes about 5-7 minutes. If it is a stranger she goes nuts with the barking.
I have tried having a neighbor who she has met, but isn't super familiar with, come to the door. I tried bringing Saber to the door on leash with me but that did NOT go well and she barked so muich and so "scary" that the neighbor felt a bit threatened even though I was in control with the leash. I know she is just excited and would not bite, just wants to get to the person and sniff, jump around, lick, act like a crazy puppy, which I don't let her do.
If someone comes to the door unexpectedly, before I can leash her, she runs from the front window to the gate by the door, back and forth over and over, knocking over anything in her path, barking.
So... how do I work on this? Do I need to just keep on leashing her and being more patient, waiting however long it takes for her to be calm and then reward her? I am sure there are simple answers I am not thinking of. Any insights and tips help!
Mom to five kids and
"Saber" Jette vom Wildhaus BN RN CAX JJ-N HIC CGC
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Last edited by cassadee7; 08-21-2011 at 03:42 PM.