Charlie’s first lesson at camp is to sit at all doorways or thresholds. Pictured here, he is sitting at the gate before being invited inside. By learning to sit at the door, and wait to be released, Charlie learns several things.
- Sitting at the door shows that humans are in control of all space. Whether coming or going, whoever is first to pass through a threshold is in charge and calling all the shots. That’s the human’s job, not Charlie’s.
- It makes him pay attention. Instead of galloping through, Charlie waits for direction. It makes his demeanor change from, “move outta my way!” to “may I please come out now?”
- This is an excellent chance to practice recall! Going through the doorway, waiting a few seconds, and then calling Charlie reinforces that he always comes when called.
This is just the beginning for Charlie! Once he is familiar with the rules and routine at home, he and Kersti can start adventuring to new places to practice manners around bigger distractions. It’s going to be a fun filled three weeks with this handsome boy!
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