How To Establish Door Boundaries

With the hustle and bustle of Easter weekend right around the corner and our life in COVID slowly becoming a thing of the past, there's a lot of things that will be going on soon that may effect the mood and manners of your dog.

Put yourself in their paws (sorry couldn't resist...) they had a completely regular schedule over a year ago, you went to work, came home, they went to the dog park, adventured with you on the weekends, got to lick your face totally mask free. Cut to, their human home 24/7 but they don't know why. Not being able to go out as much, not being able to socialize as frequently. It was a huge change, and if you noticed your dog's behavior change frequently during COVID, I'm not surprised!

Coming out of that lifestyle and back into our "new normal", there's bound to be stressors that your pup will experience. Gatherings, like Easter, will get larger and larger, and your pup is going to adjust in their own unique way. They may become super clingy, anti-social, overly excited, lash out in public, have a difficult time listening to you, etc.

So rather than find all of this out through experiencing it first hand, we thought we would focus this blog post on one training tip that will help you and your pup moving forward. And that is... how to establish door boundaries!

Our Pack Leader Hayley has put together a few training tips to help you establish proper door boundaries throughout the house. These tips work not just at your front door but any door in and outside of your home, including getting in and out of the car! We hope this will spark a passion for connecting with your dog through training as well as help ease into the adjustment period of more holidays and less COVID a bit easier. So read on for more...

If you prefer to watch corresponding videos, check out our Instagram, under our "Training Tips" highlights for videos of Hayley in action!



- Put yourself in a position of power by using your body to create space between the door and your dog.

- Position yourself in a way that shows them that you have the right to access the door first.

- Widen your stance and shift your body side to side to create room, causing them to naturally move out of the way or back up.

- If they try to approach, shut the door and start again. Yes, this will require a lot of patience for human and dog!