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Of all the modern conveniences - sliced toast, dishwashers, and cell phones, I think my favorite is Baby Gates.  Baby gates are one of the dog owner's most useful tool.  Before any real behavior changing can take place, dogs must be managed

Did you know that dogs do a lot of things naturally that humans tend to find annoying - barking, jumping, chewing, just to name a few.  These activities are very normal behavior for dogs and when  their humans yell or punish these behaviors problems can develop.  Enter baby gates;every dog owners best training tool is not only for puppies but for dogs of all ages.

The door where friends and company enter your home should be blocked off with a gate if at all possible.  The gate doesn't have to be immediately at the door, but should allow ample room for entering, removing  coats, and other greeting rituals.  In the beginning, this most likely will not keep your dog from barking, but it will protect visitors.

"But my dog will jump the gate," you exclaim.  There is no rule that says you have to have the baby gate at ground level.  If you have a large dog that is used to jumping, raise the gate to a height that your dog can't jump.  "But, my little dog will scoot under a raised gate," you say.  Use two gates, one high one low. These gates are not going to be permanent fixtures.  They are a simple means to eliminate a behavior that you and your guests find annoying and giving you some management control.

"But I tried that once and the dogs made such a racket thatI took the gates down and sold them in a garage sale," you reply.  If your guests are driving in the driveway, and you run to get the baby gate foe the first or even send time, you are  doomed to failure.  For starters, your increased energy to get the gate up before your guests ring the  bell has already cued the dog into reaction mode.  You must condition your dog to the presence of the gate and train the behavior you want when guests arrive before they arrive.

Of all the modern conveniences - sliced toast, dishwashers, and cell phones, I think my favorite is Baby Gates.  Baby gates are one of the dog owner's most useful tool.  Before any real behavior changing can take place, dogs must be managed

Did you know that dogs do a lot of things naturally that humans tend to find annoying - barking, jumping, chewing, just to name a few.  These activities are very normal behavior for dogs and when  their humans yell or punish these behaviors problems can develop.  Enter baby gates;every dog owners best training tool is not only for puppies but for dogs of all ages.

The door where friends and company enter your home should be blocked off with a gate if at all possible.  The gate doesn't have to be immediately at the door, but should allow ample room for entering, removing  coats, and other greeting rituals.  In the beginning, this most likely will not keep your dog from barking, but it will protect visitors.

"But my dog will jump the gate," you exclaim.  There is no rule that says you have to have the baby gate at ground level.  If you have a large dog that is used to jumping, raise the gate to a height that your dog can't jump.  "But, my little dog will scoot under a raised gate," you say.  Use two gates, one high one low. These gates are not going to be permanent fixtures.  They are a simple means to eliminate a behavior that you and your guests find annoying and giving you some management control.

"But I tried that once and the dogs made such a racket thatI took the gates down and sold them in a garage sale," you reply.  If your guests are driving in the driveway, and you run to get the baby gate foe the first or even send time, you are  doomed to failure.  For starters, your increased energy to get the gate up before your guests ring the  bell has already cued the dog into reaction mode.  You must condition your dog to the presence of the gate and train the behavior you want when guests arrive before they arrive.