Greyhound related July 13th, 2012
Unfortunately for me, it’s Sophie. Her hallway phobia is especially unfortunate because the dog door resides at the end of the hallway. So I’ve been spending a great deal of time trying to coax her down it.
She’s happy to follow the kibble trail, and will sometimes head down on her own, but getting her though the door is still an issue.
To make sure I’m on the right track, and to get a few more suggestions to see if that would speed up progress any, I asked dog trainer extraordinare Nancy to come by and consult. Despite Nancy being armed with tasty treats (chicken, liver, and Natural Balance roll bits), Sophie was suspicious of her. Philip, on the other hand, thinks Nancy and her treats are the greatest thing ever, so we used Philip to try and convince Sophie there was a dog party on the other side of the dog door that she really wants to join. Not a lot of luck yet, but I did see some progress, so here’s hoping. I’m getting mighty tired of leashing her up and unlocking the gate for every bathroom break.
Matt and I also got the crate out of the garage, thinking it might help Sophie feel more comfortable. Not so much; she’s not a big fan. Philip, on the other hand, thinks it’s fantastic.
Nancy suggested covering the crate, so it’s not so exposed, and giving Sophie really fantastic treats that she can only eat in the crate, so that’s on the list, too. The crate might become a moot point, though, as I’m just leaving Sophie loose in the house while I do alone training, and so far it’s working fine. I’m making the dog door my top priority, and if the crate thing happens, great. If not, well, it takes up a heck of a lot of space, so I won’t shed too many tears.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I need to leash up my dog for a potty break. (Sigh.)