Why do dogs always plant themselves in the highest traffic spot in the house so that you have to step over or on them to get to where you want to go? I've got a big dog (100 pounds) and he takes up the whole passage, isn't quick to move if he moves at all. Annoys me to hell.
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Why do dogs always plant themselves in the highest traffic spot in the house so that you have to step ... and he takes up the whole passage, isn't quick to move if he moves at all. Annoys me to hell.

make him move anyway. He may even get the idea to find a more out of the way spot as a result.

Janet B
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Hm. The trainer who is working with me to socialize the Pig makes a big point that the dog should never be stepped over or gone around. If the dog is in my path I'm to walk "through" him.

Then again, I imagine its easier to walk through a 50# dog than it is a 100# dog...
Why do dogs always plant themselves in the highest traffic spot in the house so that you have to step ... and he takes up the whole passage, isn't quick to move if he moves at all. Annoys me to hell.

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The trainer who is working with me to socialize the Pig makes a big point that the dog should never be stepped over or gone around. If the dog is in my path I'm to walk "through" him.

a few reasons that I recommend same:
Yielding to humans physical space is a good thing.

Every time one attempts to step over a dog, said dog decides to get up abruptly. Result is not pleasant.

Janet B
www.bestfriendsdogobedience.com
Yielding to humans physical space is a good thing.

I agree, but I do always say "Excuse me, hon" first. Zoe knows that this means "get out of the way" and Queenie is learning it, sort of. Personal space issues are not her forte.

Catherine
& Zoe the cockerchow
& Queenie the black gold retriever
& Rosalie the calico
I agree, but I do always say "Excuse me, hon" first. Zoe knows that this means "get out of the way" and Queenie is learning it, sort of. Personal space issues are not her forte.

And I say "move PLEASE". No reason not to be polite! No, I don't just nudge or push them out of the way. It's always a verbal request (which I would back up with physica if needed, but have not had to).

Janet B
www.bestfriendsdogobedience.com
And I say "move PLEASE". No reason not to be polite! No, I don't just nudge or push them out of the way. It's always a verbal request (which I would back up with physica if needed, but have not had to).

heh. i use "move!" when it's really important (e.g. coming through with a pot of boiling water). otherwise, i use "scuzi". i dunno why i use scuzi, but i do.

shelly
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I agree, but I do always say "Excuse me, hon" ... it, sort of. Personal space issues are not her forte.

And I say "move PLEASE". No reason not to be polite! No, I don't just nudge or push them out of the way. It's always a verbal request (which I would back up with physica if needed, but have not had to).[/nq]One of the oddities of my new rescue dog is her lack of normal perception around personal space. When I saying excuse me or move please open a door that she's lying in front of, she doesn't get up and move. Most dogs will jump out of the way if they realize that the door is going to touch them. (She does react wildly to a chair being dragged across the floor, even if she's not really near it. I have the feeling that she learned about having a chair put down on her paw the hard way.) Every morning I have to physically move her away from the bedroom door to get out.

She doesn't get up even then. Very odd. Same thing when she's lying down precisely where I need to be. She also has a tendency to crash into us when running by, and when walking on the leash she lurches in front of me periodically and it's hard to avoid stepping on her paw. Sometimes I think we should rename her Lurch.
She also has a tendency to crash into us when running by, and when walking on the leash she lurches in front of me periodically and it's hard to avoid stepping on her paw. Sometimes I think we should rename her Lurch.

that sounds like elliott. he's a lummox, with absolutely no concept of personal space and seemingly no consciousness of where his own body is. he does move out of the way when directed to, at least. have you tried calling her to you and asking her to sit before going through doorways? then, after you're through, you can release her.

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