The "I'm not dead yet" Administrator.
Join Date: May 2002
In my house, I have a very small entry way that has steps going up and down immediately. So it's like 5 steps up. I make all of my dogs go up the steps and lay down before opening the door.
Best thing to do, while training it, is to set it up. Over and over again, with a friend who has the patience to wait a while before opening to door.
If someone unexpected comes to the door, I would avoid at first. Put them outside or in crates. But while training, I would not allow them to practice unwanted behaviors at all near the door.
Maybe they can have very short grab leashes on, so you can correct if needed.
I am not super strict. My dogs will break their command on occasion. As long as they are not stupid, I don't fret too much. But they always get sent to the top of the stairs to start with.
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