|Tucker thinks...."What is below the deck that I can't see?....I must stare till "it" moves...."|
We've been watching the new show of "Dogs in the City" and there was one segment that had me thinking of what we must teach the poochies and us, to do when someone comes to our door or inside our home. Both Tucker and Stewie run to the door barking like crazy. We're yelling to be "Quiet!" or "No Barking" which doesn't do diddly squat. Well, we get bothered but the poochies think it is all great fun.
I know we need to work on their behavior as well as ours on allowing this to go on. We need to practice opening and closing the door(s) and rewarding the good behavior. We need to let them understand what we expect them to do when the door opens from outside or when we go to answer the door. Right now it is CHAOS!
It is hard on Tucker being a puppy to control the puppy attitude and we have been negligent in showing Stewie how to behave when people come over.
Then we have the people who come by that Stewie really doesn't like. One being our neighbor and my brother by marriage who don't like dogs. Well, they are smart and sense this but they also don't know how they should behave when these two men have stopped by. They won't stop barking or growling (Stewie). My husband will keep the neighbor outdoors but just hearing the voices outside upsets Stewie, which sets Tucker off. Neither would bite as it really is all about the bark. The louder, the longer, the better in Stewie's mind. Tucker is being a copy-cat.
But what if you want them to bark at a REAL bad person....will they know the difference? Will they know it is okay to bark at them and not at friends or family who come over?
Once the poochies have had the barkfest then they walk away or hang out for the petting they do enjoy from the friends and family. It's just at the beginning. Now we have a 4th of July Party coming up and I'm not looking forward to hearing them go bonkers every time the door opens.
Guess I'll buy some turkey and start practicing this week. Wish me luck!