Yesterday, I came home from a clients house and was in shock to see my husband standing outside with a cascade of water spurting out of our water main. Our neighbor's cars were getting soaked and it looked like a fire hydrant had exploded.
The water company came out to shut off the water and recommended we get a plumber to fix the pipe. I am not good with stuff like that and just let my husband take care of the issue. He called out a plumber right away. I was just doing a write up for my clients on the computer when I heard the plumber arrive. My husband went out to meet him. Finally, I decided that I would go and see how things were going and find out what the cost was going to be to fix this problem. Well, when I went to the front door I was shocked and amazed at what I saw. All 3 of my dogs were sitting at the front door watching the plumber and my husband with the door WIDE OPEN. I immediately praised them all for being such AWESOME dogs and for staying inside as I closed the door.
I am not a huge stickler on them waiting at the door until released out but I do practice it before walks and play a game that I call "inside/outside" every once in awhile. The game is they stay inside until I call them outside, then I reinforce for them coming outside. Then I say, "inside" and they all run inside to get clicked and reinforced with jackpots. I always reinforce them more for going inside (the front door) than just coming out when I ask. It is a simple game, that really paid off!
I am still in shock at how they all just stayed there even with all the craziness going on outside. I wish that I would have had a picture or had that on video. I was just so proud and impressed with my dogs that I had to take a moment and share this experience on my blog.
My little mini training sessions at the front door really paid off. Never under estimate what a little training can do!
Have a great day!
Pam, Isabelle, Bandit & Twix