Chompsky loves people. Loves ‘em! Especially Emily and Joey. He wants to hop up on them to hug them hello and we don’t want him to do that because not everyone likes dogs.
On the advice of Caryn we’ve been putting him on a leash when the doorbell rings, and when he hops up we say “too bad” and take him away from the stimulus, which means we go stand in the bathroom for a bit. It gives him instant feedback when he does something we don’t like and is supposed to teach him that if he stays down he gets attention from the people he loves.
We’ve been doing it for about a week and it’s been working well! Yesterday Emily and Joey and Corey came over and while Chompsky was initially all about them, he learned that if he hopped up he lost them, but if he sat beside them everything was great. After about 45 minutes I took him off his leash and he was fine for the rest of the night, even napping at one point.
I think if he can reach the “okay, I greeted them, they love me too” stage, everything is fine, and it prevents him from obsessing about them for the rest of the night.
Usually when we visit my parents Chompsky has such a great time that when we get back he’s exhausted and sleeps pretty heavily for the next day or so. But even sometimes on regular days Chompsky will go upstairs to sleep in the office (his most recent preferred spot, since he realized the bean bag chair there made an excellent dog bed) before we go to bed, slipping away at around 8 or 9.
We used to call him down before WE went to bed to make him go outside for his nightly pee, but recently we’ve let him sleep: he knows to wake us up if he needs to go, and he sleeps through the night anyway. Usually we’re at the dog park around 5pm so the pee around 10 was a little unnecessary, especially if the pooch is sleepy and has already settled down for the night.
Chompsky had his checkup today and everything is great! His weight is .1kg different from last time, which the vet was happy with, and he said “keep doing what you’re doing, it’s making my job easy”. And unlike previous times Chompsky was cool with the anal thermometer and booster shots! I had lots of treats for him which helped.