Preparation

  1. First, be sure to work through the full training plan for visitors knocking on the door/ringing the doorbell: “Doorbell/Knocking Routine“. That is a prerequisite for this plan. 
  2. Your door should remain locked when not in use so that visitors cannot simply walk in, unannounced, as many family members and close friends tend to do. If you have children in the home and/or visiting, you may consider having a baby-gate near the front door that prevents the dog from door-darting and creates a safe, dog-free foyer so that you can rest easy knowing that children are not coming and going with the dog loose in the home. 
  3. Place a sign on your door or near the doorbell that says “Dog in training. Please be patient.” – this will buy you a little time to do the training in real-life situations without feeling stressed about the visitor who is waiting. 
  4. Arm yourself with small, high-value treats that your dog loves. Keep these in a treat pouch around your waist, or in a secure container near the front door AND near your dog’s safe confinement area, where your dog cannot access them. 
  5. Choose ONLY patient, compliant visitors to help you with this exercise. These are people who will read and understand the directions in the Treat/Retreat game, and follow your direction as needed without “going rogue”. 

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