We all know the drill. The doorbell rings or someone knocks at the front door. Our (once completely asleep) dog is now running faster than the speed of light to the front door. He is barking and jumping. We, obviously, react by running to the front door and try to push our “out of control” dog away from the front door.
For some reason, this just makes out dog more determined to check out whoever is on the other side of the door. More jumping and barking occurs. We probably push and yell to little or no avail. While all of this is taking place, we become embarrassed because of what our guest is thinking about our ability to control our dog.
We now have the “great idea” of trying to block the door with our body and try to “slip our guest inside” before our dog can jump again. Well, that doesn’t work very well. Our dog gets past us, jumps on our guest, and then decides to run around the front yard. While all this is occurring, we are still yelling and now running after him.
So you now come up with another idea. As soon as the doorbell rings or someone knocks, put your dog in the back room. The only problem is that your dog quickly figures out that “ring or knock” means back room. He counters your attempts at getting him by running all over the house.
In both cases, you did not do a good job at answering the door.
Robin and I have the perfect solution that will let your dog understand that he needs to stay away from the front door when you need to let in a guest, get a package, or pay for a pizza. Please check out our dog training blog titled “How Do I Stop My Dog Running to the Front Door”.