Hi everyone. Haven't been posting here as often as I'd like. Hope all is well. Get well soon Baloo, hope Wes is doing better, and meow to baby Hope.
Need some tips on how to teach Parker some manners. He has mellowed somewhat now that he is two, but I would like to teach him to stop barging ahead of everyone out the door, down the hall, everywhere, everyplace he's got to be first. Can anyone give me some tips? Thanks.
My best advice is to teach him to sit, and stay there.
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The door is kind of easy, in my head anyway. 'Sit' him before the door is open, and call him to you after you are through.
For general pulling/lunging, its just more work on loose lead walking. Time and consistency. He pulls, you stop, and or reverse direction. Takes time. Takes consistency.
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Practice and patience...a lot of both of them
Blocking works too. I had to really work on Oakley barging out the door and up the stairs ahead of me. We are still working on it but she is much better and sometimes even waits until I am down the stairs and call her to come before she comes down.
Now if only I could get her out from underneath my bed when I need to leave for work!
These are hard ones. Like everyone has said, it takes practice, practice and then more practice.
At Teddy's obedience class we were taught the command "no dog." It means you can NOT go through this doorway! We started by putting them in a crate, then opening the door. If they come out before you release, you shut the door in their face. After they have the crate door down, then you work on a door. Again--door shuts in their face if they even look like they are going to come through. It is the one command that Teddy is about 95% reliable on.
Second, I would teach wait. I make both dogs wait when I go down stairs--so that they don't knock me down trying to beat each other down the stairs! I make them wait at the door before we go out--every time. They are not allowed to move until I release. If they do try--it is Ahhh ahhh. and back in to try again. They are usually so anxious to go for a walk (or where ever it is that we are going) that they will do ANYTHING to get to go!
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I expect a sit-and-wait-for-release from mine, but I use a different command than plain "sit" that is specific to etiquette at doors and gates. I ask "what do we do?" when we get to a door or gate and I won't open it until they are both sitting. Now I rarely have to ask the question, they just sit when they get to a closed door. When they're really excited to be somewhere (daycare, dog park), I do still usually have to ask, though!