What do you do when your dog is unfriendly to your friends? What if they even become aggressive toward them?
I’ll share the super simple solution that I used with Skylar.
After the loss of a beloved dog, my clients were looking to adopt another dog.
They are an older couple, and they weren’t really interested in doing the potty training and all the things that come with a puppy.
Plus, they had acquired their previous dog from a breeder and wanted to go a different way this time around.
They found Skylar from a Korean dog rescue organization. Up until now, Skylar had a rough life. She lived on the streets and at some point had lost an eye.
As far as anyone could tell she hadn’t experienced the love and comfort of a home and caregivers.
They brought her home and she adapted famously to the couple, their home, and suburban living.
But, as is to be expected, she was still nervous and scared when people approached her, particularly on her blind side.
She was just so damn cute people wanted to pet her as soon as they saw her. This was especially a problem in the house when guests visited.
My clients have an “open-door policy” so friends and neighbors just enter the house rather than knocking. Then they would immediately approach Skylar, who would snap and bite at them. NOT COOL.
That’s the backstory, here is the 3-step solution.
� First, we set up a bed in a place where Skylar could see both doors, as well as the full periphery around her.
� Then, we instructed visitors to please knock before entering. This way, both Skylar could hear the knock, and we had the opportunity to give her the new command.
� That new command was “go to bed.” It’s often called “go place” in old school dog training. Each time there is a knock at the door, she gets the command and goes to her bed. From that position, she can see everyone entering and feels more secure. Once the guest is in, Skylar is given the release command and can approach the guest on HER terms.
As you can see, there is a little training for the dog and a little training for the people.
It took several training sessions over about 3 days for Skylar to learn and follow the command – now everyone is happy.
I provide step-by-step instructions on training the “go place” as well as everything A to Z in training your dog in my foundations course.