Does Your Dog Rush To The Door, Whenever Someone Knocks?

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We might have faced a situation wherein we have been greeted (sometimes knocked down) by pet dogs when visiting someone, with their embarrassed and apologetic owners trying stop them.

As a dog owner, it does not seem to be a pretty situation to be in. Yet, it is a problem for owners to prevent their dogs from jumping upon and licking their visitors.

It need not be distressing. Just as you teach your dog to do things with patience, here too you can do it. However, here you may need to be more innovative and sneaky in order to teach your dog to behave.

The most common method is to command at the top of your voice "No!" to stop your dog from charging. However, you can not always be there to stop your dog or the dog may not obey. Other methods include using chains to stop the dogs which can be dangerous for both as the sudden jerk of the chain can cause injury.

Here too, you can not always be there to stop the dog. Others used keyed chains which creates rattling noise when moved. Dogs find this noise unpleasant and stop doing whatever they are doing. This helps when they are wearing but to make then suffer this noise would be cruel. Hence, a better solution is needed.

Sometimes one finds solutions by accident as it happened here. The owner unable to stop the dog from charging through the usual "key collar method" threw a regular chain at the door and yelled "No!" at the same time. The sudden clanging sound of the falling chain plus the loud command had a dramatic effect on the dog which stopped then and there.

This method has proved to be effective; but you need ensure that your dog does not that you are throwing the object or else it shall be scared of you. You can use chains, bottles, stones, or sand to do the trick. Remember the aim is to grab the dog's attention and not hurt it. This method sends a signal to the dog "If you ignore your master, something shall happen".

Hence, the sudden falling of the object is bound to frighten the dog to realize that something is amiss and it is better to obey you. The thought of creating noise whenever someone comes, might not appeal to all, however, it is still better than apologizing for the dogs' behavior. Moreover, this need not continue, for the dog shall learn to obey your command and stop the moment you say "No!"

The same method can be applied outside, whenever the dog tends to ignore you. The combination of the sound and object falling (like bottle with stones), plus your stern and loud command speeds up obedience and the dog is conditioned to obey you or else face the unpleasant situation.

Learn more of dog training aids, videos, cassettes, books, magazines from the library or workshops. The television show; "Dog Whisperer, Caesar" can also help.

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