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Old 10-31-2013, 10:55 AM
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trick or treaters and your puppy

I'm thinking today would be an awesome day to practice sitting when people ring the doorbell, as it will be happening quite frequently for trick or treating. Any suggestions on how to do this? Theo is a bit reactive, especially when it's dark outside. He will be in our kitchen/dining room, blocked by a baby gate, but he'll still be able to see the front door. I"m just concerned that he will get up on the baby gate, bark and growl, and I won't be able to take him below his threshold.

Or should we practice LAT?? Which is going really well outside, by the way! Unless a dog is walking by....then, he goes over threshold, and anything that is moving that drives/walks by after that gets a bark and an attempted chase.
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For Halloween, I typically recommend this:

Halloween | Stop dog bites over Halloween

I know it's not really fun (and there are of course some dogs that do wonderfully and enjoy the Halloween chaos) but most dogs can find lots of people coming to the door, the costumes, etc. super stressful. So for reactive/fearful/easily stressed dogs being crated with a stuffed kong in room away from the door is often the better route.

But if you do want to work with Theo, then I would suggest doing so for only part of the evening rather than the entire night. The first trick-or-treaters may be best simply because you might still have daylight. Since he's more reactive in dark I wouldn't push my luck and try for times he can't see as well. And I would likely have one person open the door and the other with Theo playing the open bar/closed bar game. Basically as soon and there's a knock high value food rains down. It keeps coming and only stops when the door closes!
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thanks for the advice! we have an open floor plan so he will probably see some action, but will be gated pretty far from the front door. i'll get his kong ready and play the open bar game!
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Update: we only had about 7 trick or treaters, but theo did awesome! he did run to the babygate and fixate on the door, but he did also play the open bar game, play with me when the doorbell rang, and ate a kong. he only barked once, so overall, success!
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