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He's Always In The Way!

No matter what I do, our goldie is always going exactly where he thinks I am going. Normally, that would be no big deal, but I am disabled, and use a walker. Constantly having to alter my direction just because the dog is there is cute, but annoying. In the kitchen - forget it. He thinks he might get a molecule of food. He won't budge. Our previous GR was never in the way. This is a new thing for us. Help!
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When my DH had hip surgery I taught Ky 'step off' using clicker. This means that when we're walking I say step off and she has to step about 2 feet away and remain until we've past. She's not allowed to walk close to us in the house. I automatically taught this to Bentley also because when he was little we were always tripping or stepping on his paws.
I'll see if I can find a video demonstrating how to teach it.
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Not sure how it will work in your situation - but we have trained our mini-golden poodle and are training our GR Bella to lay at the kitchen / dining entry while we are working in the kitchen (cooking/cleaning/loading dishwasher). When we are finished we all leave together and they get a small treat.


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I'm sure others will chime in, but sounds like some training is needed! For example, whenever you're in the kitchen, make sure he has a place to sit/lay down outside the kitchen area. Make sure he's in his "spot" before you go into the kitchen.

Also, how old is he?

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I can't find a video but I'll try to explain how I did it. As Wendy said my dogs are told 'spot' when I'm in the kitchen because they're never allowed in there...ever. But for the rest of the house with Ky I did this.
She would be walking tight beside me and I would say 'step off' and gently nudge her with my leg. Every time she moved over a little I clicked and gave a treat. This takes time but keep at it. Eventually she would move farther away before she got the click and treat until she was about 2 feet. I think we worked at it for over a month before she really got it, Bentley got it pretty quickly. Now I just say step off and they both know they're too close to me and they move over.
Good luck, it takes time and patience but it's safer for everyone.
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Thanks to all who replied. I will begin that specific training with Fletcher right away. He seems very smart, so he should pick it up rather quickly.
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I've never did the step away/clicker training like Bentleysmom, which I think is very cool BTW, but I don't step over or work around Hank, he moves for us.

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The trainer I worked with for Zeke, our first Golden, said to never step around your dog . . . they should learn to move for you. Zeke always seemed to want to claim the spot I usually occupied . . . the spot in front of the kitchen sink, the drivers seat in the car, etc. Over time I taught him to respond to "I need to get there" or "excuse me" which meant move yourself out of the way. Initially, I think I just moved into the space and gave him a little push if necessary. It may be more difficult for you but perhaps the walker getting close will give him the message.


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Chester does this all the time !! And mainly to me he will be right ontop of me basically, I'm always tripping over him. I'm going to have try Joyce's advice since he needs to learn to not always be right next to me.

Of course I don't mind it all when we're on the couch and he wants to cuddle or when he wants to nap on top of my feet =]


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Bear loves laying in my seat on the couch. So I'm teaching him "over" but I like "step off" better now that I've heard it.


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