Well, hello there!
When I started interferon in February, I foolishly thought I could keep up with… everything. In fact, I thought that it would be like having a month of downtime that I could use to blog, read others’ blogs, catch up on writing projects, and so on.
Not so. I had no idea just how badly the chemo would kick my butt. However, I’m finished with the two-hours-every-day treatments and have moved on to every-other-day treatments at a lower dose. It’s been a couple weeks, and I’m starting to feel so much better that I decided it’s time to start dabbling in working, blogging, and dog walking again!
Oh, and – of course – dog training. Specifically door training.
Over the past few months, we have been taken care of by the best friends and family ever. People have dropped off food, walked the boys, and visited with me. It’s been fantastic – except I started to live in fear of the random drop-by.
These guys are horrific at the door, especially if someone rings the doorbell instead of knocking. They act like we’re under attack. They bark, lunge, jump up on the door, and just generally lose their minds. Cooper then redirects his energy and snaps at Lucas. It’s not pretty. And it’s so hard to get them to settle once they get that riled up.
Pre-planned visits or visits with a text or call beforehand are no problem because I put the boys outside or in the sunroom or upstairs. Of course, that’s the band-aid approach and isn’t actually teaching them door manners.
So as I start to dabble in activities again, door training has become my number one priority!
How do your dogs do with the door? Any training tips or advice?