Drama at the Door!

Dogs love to run to the door to greet visitors! Some want to launch themselves at the newcomer with an abundance of joy, while others recoil and go into full attack mode. Other dogs might be in conflict: they come forward in order to investigate, but if the person moves or speaks, they back up and burst into a frenzy of barking.

Regardless of the reaction you are used to, in this Session you will learn several ways to teach dogs how to greet and relax when new people come to visit. A combination of home management, proper body language, and clicker trained foundation behaviors is what makes these plans viable. This methodology comes from my many years helping clients solve this particular behavior issue with many different types of dogs.

Some dogs can be taught to carry items to the door; others can be taught to greet the newcomer outdoors first and then enter together through a back door; still others can interact with the visitor if the visitor takes the initiative and cues certain behaviors that the dog already knows. You will also learn how to build an “Emergency” cue and how to teach the dog to go to a certain location when the doorbell rings.

Emma Parsons

Emma Parsons has been training dogs for more than 20 years and specializes in managing and rehabilitating the reactive and aggressive dog. Emma is a faculty member of Karen Pryor Academy for Animal Training & Behavior (KPA), as well as a ClickerExpo faculty member. She gives Click to Calm seminars around the world, teaching others how to manage and rehabilitate reactive and aggressive dogs. Emma is the author of Click to Calm: Healing the Aggressive Dog and Teaching the Reactive Dog Class, as well as some best-selling DVDs. She is a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT) and the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC).

Emma holds a B.A. degree from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, and shares her life with her husband, Greg, and their four clicker-trained dogs: three Goldens, Lizzie-Taylor, Kayden-Blue, Austyn-Roque; and a Papillon, Wylie-Rae.