Theory

The key to successful behaviour modification is knowing your dog’s thresholds so that you know where to start. The dog’s threshold is determined by the body language cues that the dog exhibits. If we’re looking at some mild signals (getting up and following to the door, for example) then we might not consider that the threshold, but instead simply approaching the threshold. 

Some dogs may do that and then go settle for a bit and come back to check. This is perfectly normal dog behaviour and does not worry me. 

Some dogs may follow you to the door and escalate from there. 

In the beginning of our work together, we’re going to work WAY below threshold, however, as we want to build a strong foundation. When we skip building a strong foundation, we suffer later from the cracks.