Monday, November 5, 2007

Dog Psychology

My Aunt Nancy has been training and showing dogs for about 15 years, so naturally we called her when we were having trouble with Sajak going crazy when people come to our door. He would constantly bark (and his bark is LOUD) and crowd them at the door. Well, after spending some time with him to watch his mannerisms, etc., and after enlisting the help of a couple of our neighbors to come to the door and ring our doorbell, Nancy helped me make him sit quietly at the top of the stairs while I'd let our neighbors in. Sajak would sit there until I released him, and then he'd calmly go down and sniff the guests to make sure it was "safe" to let them in the house. I had no clue it would be so easy. Apparently, we need to work on being the alpha (leader of the pack) so that Sajak doesn't feel like he has to be. She said that he's a smart dog, but it's just that his parents need a little training. :)

The photos below show her trying to rid Sajak of his vacuum-cleaner phobia. We're still working on that, but it's a lot better than it used to be.


Polly Blanshan said...

Poor guy...he looks so scared of the vacuum.

Martha said...

Now, why can't parants do that when thier kids act up? or rather why don't we admit we're totaly clueless about what to do with our kids sometimes. just a thought. Thats cool about Sajak though.

Betsy Cradic said...

Good point. Too bad people are so afraid to ask for help. The other correlation we found when Nancy was helping us was that it's usually the dog's owners that need the training more than the dog does, just like it's usually the children's parents that need training more than the child does. :)