Monday, November 5, 2007
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.