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Blaze’s Tribute Equine Rescue

posted July 4th, 2016 by
Blaze's

Blaze’s Tribute Equine Rescue

17667 Markita Dr.  Jones, OK  73049

(405) 399-3084 or (405) 615-5267

[email protected] www.blazesequinerescue.com

Federal I.D. 43-2024364

 

June 28, 2016

 

Blaze’s Tribute Equine Rescue, Inc. located in Jones, Oklahoma, is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization that strives to improve the lives of neglected, starved, and abused horses.  We provide equine rescue regardless of age or disability.  We promote and teach horse care and humane, natural methods of training horses.  Our primary focus is Animal Cruelty Cases.  We work closely with the Oklahoma City Animal Welfare Division and the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office with their Equine related Animal Cruelty Cases.  We also assist any other local/rural county sheriff’s office who request our assistance.

 

Rescues:

 

It’s been a busy year with assisting several rural county sheriff’s office this year.  We assisted with 2 extreme cruelty cases in March and April.  In March we assisted Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Office with a seizure of 9 horses.  We arrived to find horses in extremely emaciated condition and 3 dead horses on the property.  We removed the 9 horses but knew several were in critical condition.  Unfortunately, we lost one just a few days after the seizure.  She was just too tired and weak and she seemed to have already given up when we arrived.  We prayed she would pull through once she saw she was safe and had fresh water and food.  The remaining 8 horses have been doing well and thriving. 

 

We also assisted Blaine County Sheriff’s Office with a seizure involving 8 horses and 26 cattle.  This was a devastating scene as we found so many dead animals, that it came to a point that we had trouble keeping count.  The amount of bones and full carcasses we found was completely devastating.  We counted roughly 46 dead cows, and the remains of horses were hard to determine, but we believe we found at least 6.  We don’t typically do cattle rescue, but we wanted to help and decided that we could stretch our means and help out, so that we could get all those animals to safety.  Everyone is still on the road to recovery, but doing well. 

 

So far for this year, we have rescued 32 horses and 26 cattle.  Adoptions are down and we are desperately asking for anyone interested in adding a horse to your family, to please come visit the horses in our program.  We are currently caring for 123 horses and have many nice horses that desperately need their forever, loving home.  We are also asking for donations to assist with training of a few of the green broke horses that have been here for over a year.  If we can get these guys off to training that would enhance their adoptability.  Sadly, our needs don’t stop there, we also need donations to care for the horses in our program.  We have experienced several medical needs this year, several foundered horses, a crypt-orchid that required surgery at OSU, several eye injuries, which one resulted in having surgery to remove the eye and so much more.  The daily cost to care for these beautiful creatures can become quite taxing.  Any help you can offer would be greatly appreciated.  Every little bit helps tremendously!  We currently have 123 horses in our program.  Your generosity has helped us save over 1326 horses and 26 cattle.  We can’t thank you enough!  Here are just a few of our current rescues that need your support. 

 

Apricot came into our rescue program on April 04, 2016.  Apricot came from the Blaine County Sheriff’s Office along with 7 other horses and 26 cattle as a cruelty case.  Sadly, help came too late for so many other cows and horses.  These beautiful animals have been ignored for far too long.   Apricot is a Beautiful, Palomino, Quarter Horse, Mare.  Apricot is estimated to be 20 years of age.  Apricot is extremely emaciated, body score of a 1, infested with internal and external parasites.  Apricot is a sweet girl, but takes her a minute to warm up to attention.  She hasn’t received much hands on attention in her life and it is clear that everything we do for our horses, she isn’t used too. This sweet girl has a long road of recovery ahead of her.  She is slowly gaining weight.  Please consider making a donation towards Apricot’s Rehabilitation.

 

Felicity came into our rescue program on March 18, 2016.  Felicity came from the Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Office along with 8 other horses.  Sadly, help came too late for 3 horses that suffered and died a slow death of starvation and neglect.  The sadness each horse exhibited during the seizure was truly heartbreaking.  Many of them seemed to believe that they would die on that property just like their pasture mates.  Felicity is a Beautiful, Sorrel, Quarter Horse, Mare.  Felicity is estimated to be 4 years of age.  Felicity is extremely emaciated, body score of a 1, and infested with internal/external parasites.  Felicity is such a sweet girl and slowly gaining weight.  This sweet girl has a long road of recovery ahead of her.  Please consider making a donation towards Felicity’s Rehabilitation.

 

Adoptable Horse of the Month:

 

 Ridley is a beautiful, Sorrel/White, Paint, Mare.  She is estimated to be 9 years of age.  She has received an extensive amount of training with Kelci Goad of Saddle Up Horsemanship.  She is an excellent trail horse and really enjoys trail riding.  She seems to be in her element when hitting the trails.  Ridley loves attention, she is always quick to come up and visit with you.  She would make someone an excellent addition to their family.  If you are looking for an awesome trail riding partner, please schedule an appointment to come visit this sweet girl.  She has a current negative coggins, up to date on vaccinations, deworming, teeth floating, and hoof maintenance.  Her adoption fee is $800.00.  Remember, our adoption fee’s go back into our program to help the next horse that comes to our rescue.  When you adopt a horse, you save 2 lives.  The one you adopted and the one you opened space up for a rescue to come in. 

 

  Hi Hopes is a beautiful, Bay/White, Paint, Pony, mare.  She is estimated to be 13 years of age.  Hi Hopes is 13 hands tall.  Hi Hopes recently went through Saddle Up Horsemanship’s training camp, where Kelci has 4 young students that aspire to be horse trainers.  Hi Hopes was paired up with Halle Barker.  Halle spent a solid week from 8:00 am till 5:00 pm working with Hi Hopes and preparing her for her forever, loving home.  Halle and Hi Hopes bonded quickly and she helped Hi Hopes come out of her shell.  Halle has done a lot with this sweet girl.  Hi Hopes would be a great lead line pony, pony party pony, or for any direction you want to take her.  She just needs a family of her own where she can bond and continue to excel.  Schedule an appointment to check this sweet girl out.  She would make someone an excellent addition to their family.  Hi Hopes has a current negative coggins, up to date on vaccinations, deworming, teeth floating and hoof maintenance.  Her adoption fee is $600.00.  Remember, our adoption fee’s go back into our program to help the next horse that comes to our rescue.  When you adopt a horse, you save 2 lives.  The one you adopted and the one you opened space up for a rescue to come in.    

 

We have so many wonderful horses in our program, and so many with needs that ask for your assistance.  From horses with lameness issues that need treatment, to horses with severe fungus issues, eye injuries, emaciation, wounds, hernia surgeries, castrations, EPM treatment, squamous cell carcinoma, teeth floating, vaccinations, deworming, etc., our horses are our top priority and it takes a lot to properly care for so many rescued horses.  Whether you make a monetary donation, adopt a horse, or simply say a prayer for Blaze’s Tribute Equine Rescue, we truly appreciate your support.

 

Because of YOU and your heartfelt generosity, we are able to save these horses and many others from an uncertain death.  We ask for your assistance as we have so many more horses in our program that need your help.  Our average monthly expenses now total $8500.00.  If you can please help us, continue to save rescued horses, please make a donation to:

 

 

Blaze’s Tribute Equine Rescue

17667 Markita Drive

Jones, Oklahoma  73049

 

or you can donate on-line through paypal @

www.blazesequinerescue.com

 

Or you can contact our Veterinarian directly and apply a payment to our account

Exclusively Equine Veterinary Services at 405-973-5740

 

We are currently caring for 123 horses in our rescue program.  We have many wonderful horses that are seeking their forever, loving homes.  I hope that you will consider adopting a rescued horse.  Whether you are able to make a donation or adopt a rescued horse, both help us tremendously. 

 

Blaze’s Annual Benefit Play Day

 

We will be having our Annual Benefit Play Day on Saturday, July 23rd, 2016 at the Schrock Park Arena in Tuttle, Oklahoma.  Come join us for a day of family fun.  Gates open at 4:00 pm, books open at 5:00 pm and events start at 7:00 pm.  Barrels, Flags, Poles and an obstacle course.  All age groups from lead line to over 40.  NO CASH PAYOUTS!!  Participants that pre-register online will receive a play day t-shirt in their size.  Events are $10.00 each run!  Mark your calendars and plan to come out for a relaxed evening enjoying your horse.  Adopted rescued horses are encouraged to come!  All proceeds benefit Blaze’s Tribute Equine Rescue, Inc., Location:  Schrock Park Arena, 900 W. Main, Tuttle, Oklahoma 73089.  You can pre-register online here: http://blazes.fatcatphotos.com/blazes/playday.

 

 

Blaze’s Haunt for the Horses Benefit Trail Ride

You are invited to join us October 22nd, 2016 for our 7th Annual Blaze’s Haunt for the Horses Benefit Trail Ride at Honey Lee Ranch in Jones, Oklahoma.  You can learn more about Honey Lee Ranch at www.honeyleeranch.comCheck in begins @ 9:00 am. Guided and Self-Paced rides will begin to leave at 10:00 am.  Lunch will be served at the pavilion at 12:30 and the costume contest starts at 2:00 pm.  Come join us for treats on the trail, door prizes, drawing, and good times with friends.  All proceeds benefit the horses in our rescue program.  Pre-Registration will be available on September 1st.  Registration covers T-Shirt, Lunch, and Trail Fee’s. 

 

5th Annual Blaze’s Ride to the Rescue Trainer’s Challenge

They say they can gentle an untrained horse.  Now, Seventeen Oklahoma Horse “Whispering” Trainers are competing to prove that point – this time with rescued horses at the 5th Annual Blaze’s Ride to the Rescue Trainer’s Challenge on May 21, 2016.  The horses, some just 3 years old, have already struggled through the hardships of extreme neglect and abuse and will now have an opportunity to demonstrate their inspiring spirit.  The Challenge is an event designed to showcase the skills of local equine trainers, while increasing the adoptability of previously untrained rescue horses.

 

On January 9, 2016, area trainers were given an hour to observe and evaluate their potential equine partners for the competition.  We had 17 Trainer’s to kick off the event and we had 25 horses for the Trainer’s to choose from.  We don’t ever want the last trainer to pick, to feel like they were stuck with a particular horse, so there is always plenty to pick from, even if you are the last trainer to draw.  The trainer’s names were then drawn from a hat to determine selection order.  The draw went in this order:

 

  1. Christa Caho picked Rossi
  2. Jordan Connelly picked Mazie Mae
  3. Kai Fontenot picked Misty
  4. Angie Sack picked Firebug
  5. Davina Sisson picked Patch of Color
  6. Ken Hallam picked Cooter Brown
  7. Kelci Goad picked Timmy
  8. Kaidyn Lopez picked Morton
  9. Adam Miller picked Boardwalk
  10. Jules Curry picked Lasso
  11. Zeke Zacharias picked Zanetta
  12. Robert Hayes picked Valor
  13. Kami Woodard picked Fallon
  14. Scott Williams picked Lariat
  15. Greg Morris picked Halogen
  16. Christina Butler picked Nitro
  17. Abby Ocker picked Prancer

 

After the draw, the trainers are able to halter their horse and load up to start their 120 day training.  For me, it’s like watching your kids go off to college.  You get to watch these horses excel and turn into the wonderful riding partners that we knew they could be.  Of course, the challenge is just that, a challenge and sometimes these horses can really put us to the test.  But, I think that it takes great courage to know when you and a horse you are training recognize your limits.  Not all horses and trainers will get along!  Sometimes the horse and the trainer are quick to recognize the holes in each other.  So, as we approach competition, things start to change.  Sadly, we had one trainer that dropped out.  The challenge presented, Davina approached us with her concerns regarding Patch of Color. We wanted to make the situation with Patch and Davina the best we could.  Davina had accomplished so much with Patch during the 90 days she had him.  His ground manners were excellent, he loaded in a trailer and he gained the foundation he needed to become a great riding partner.  The only set back, Patch had some fear issues that resulted in bucking.  So, we wanted to take that opportunity to help Patch succeed and help Davina move forward.  We had Patch of Color evaluated and determined that he needed a strong leader to help him free up his legs, gain control of his power source and work on getting his hind end disengaged and loosen him up where he wasn’t so stiff, so that he is able to move more freely and without concern of bucking.  With the wonderful help of Greg Morris, Greg took the last 30 days and worked Patch through his rough spots.  Although this is a challenge, sometimes unique situations arise.  We always try to do what is in the best interest of our rescued horses.  Davina and Greg worked together to help Patch of Color transition into the amazing horse he is today. 

 

After the 120 days of training with these wonderful rescue horses, we all came together for competition on May 21st at the Lazy E Arena.  The energy is unlike anything else you have experienced.  The horses, The Trainer’s, our Board Members and Volunteers, and the Crowd are all excited and eager to see what each horse and trainer have prepared.  We have a full day of competition.  We kick off the event with the Choctaw Drill Team, followed by a flag ceremony with America, Why I love her, then the National Anthem sung by Jerri Hargis and a brief introduction of each Trainer and team.  Each trainer was selected in a draw for order of performance. 

 

  1. Kami Woodard with Fallon
  2. 2.  Ken Hallam with Cooter Brown
  3. Christina Butler with Nitro
  4. 4.  Adam Miller with Boardwalk
  5. Zeke Zacharias with Zanetta
  6. Jules Curry with Lasso
  7. Angie Sack with Firebug
  8. Kaidyn Lopez with Morton
  9. Greg Morris with Patch of Color
  10. 10. Greg Morris with Halogen
  11. Kelci Goad with Timmy
  12. Jordan Connelly with Mazie Mae
  13. Robert Hayes with Valor
  14. Kai Fontenot with Misty
  15. Abby Ocker with Prancer
  16. Christa Caho with Rossi
  17. Davina Sisson with Bindy

 

 

After a long day of amazing performances, it was time to announce the winners.  I certainly couldn’t do the judging.  Everyone done such an amazing job!  We had a panel of 5 judges.  After each performance, the judges turned in their score cards and we inputted the information into a computerized program that collected and calculated the scores.  And the winners are:

 

Youth Division:

  1. Abby Ocker – Team Prancer ADOPTED
  2. Jordan Connelly – Team Mazie Mae ADOPTED
  3. Adam Miller – Team Boardwalk ADOPTED
  4. Jules Curry – Team Lasso ADOPTED
  5. Kami Woodard – Team Fallon ADOPTED
  6. Kai Fontenot – Team Misty ADOPTED
  7. Kaidyn Lopez – Team Morton

 

Adult Division:

  1. Zeke Zacharias – Team Zanetta ADOPTED
  2. Christa Caho – Team Rossi ADOPTED
  3. Kelci Goad – Team Timmy ADOPTED
  4. Angie Sack – Team Firebug
  5. Christina Butler – Team Nitro ADOPTED
  6. Robert Hayes – Team Valor
  7. Greg Morris – Team Halogen ADOPTED
  8. Ken Hallam – Team Cooter Brown ADOPTED

 

Our Trainer’s Challenge is a great event.  It helps horses that wouldn’t otherwise get adopted, as typically people are looking for broke to ride horses.  If you didn’t get a chance to make it out this year, please watch for next year’s event.  We are so proud of the amazing trainer’s that help us out with our wonderful horses.  A huge thank you to our sponsors that help make this event possible.  

 

Do you want to learn more about our rescue efforts and how we operate?  We are thrilled to announce that our full documentary is now online to view.  Our documentary is 44 minutes long, there are moments of laughter, tears, and joy.  This documentary details our lives and how our rescue operates, from the seizures to the entrance of each horse to our rescue, all the way up to our fundraisers.  If you have a few moments to spare, please watch and share.  You can view our documentary here: https://vimeo.com/149973004?ref=fb-share&1

 

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your continued support!!  We wouldn’t be here today, without each and every one of you!!  Thank you on behalf of the entire Blaze’s Family!  So many horses would be lost without you! 

 

Over 1326 horses saved in the last 16 years!!

No Miracle Worker

posted June 24th, 2016 by
Holiday Gift

No Miracle Worker

The 4th of July – – a day to celebrate what it means to live in America. For those who’ve served our country or lived in a third-world country – – it has a special meaning. There will be picnics, family get togethers, barbecue, homemade ice cream and fireworks – – lots and lots of fireworks.

For those of us who work in rescue, we also know it is the time, each year, that thousands of dogs are lost. The loud noises scare them; they’re in unfamiliar surroundings and they bolt; their collars with ID are not on them; their owners forgot to have them micro-chipped; they’re micro-chipped, but their owners didn’t change the registration from the shelter.

And, on July 5th the phones will start ringing. People will want to drop off a dog they found in their yard; a dog they rescued running down the street; a dog someone dumped in their neighborhood. Likewise, all of us will get calls from frantic pet owners, all too frequently, demanding that we find their dog NOW.

Here’s where the rubber meets the road and it gets interesting. No shelter, no rescue, no one can take in all the dogs that are homeless in this area. Why??? Because there are too many homeless dogs already in shelters and rescues.

There is literally No Room in the Inn.

Soooo – – we will celebrate along with our family and friends, then come to work on Tuesday July 5th, take a deep breath and get ready. Tragically, it happens every year and in areas, like northeast Oklahoma, where there are thousands of homeless dogs and cats – – rescuers will bear the brunt of unhappy adults who expect a Miracle.

And

There Is No Miracle Worker

Kay Stout, Director   PAAS Vinita  [email protected]  918-256-7227

No Miracle Worker

Reward offered in Oklahoma City cat cruelty case

posted June 22nd, 2016 by
Reward

The Humane Society of the United States is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­abandoning 24 cats in four small pet carriers, leaving them to starve and suffocate to death in sweltering summer temperatures in Oklahoma City.

This HSUS’ reward is in addition to $2,500 offered by the Oklahoma Alliance for Animals to make the total reward $7,500.

The Case: According to news reports, on June 10, Oklahoma City Animal Welfare discovered the pet carriers thrown behind tall grass in a field near the intersection of S. MacArthur Road and Newcastle Road.

Reports suggest the carriers were thrown from a vehicle while the animals were still alive. Workers removed two dozen dead cats: three from the first crate, seven from the second crate, six from the third crate and eight from the final crate.

Based on the conditions of their bodies and the maggots in the cages, officers estimate the cats were in the field for one week.

Animal Cruelty: Getting the serious attention of law enforcement, prosecutors and residents in cases involving allegations of cruelty to animals is an essential step in protecting the community. The connection between animal cruelty and human violence is well documented. Studies show a correlation between animal cruelty and all manner of other crimes, from narcotics and firearms violations to battery and sexual assault.

The HSUS recently conducted a series of trainings on animal cruelty laws and how to handle animal cruelty cases from first response to prosecution for more than 700 law enforcement personnel across the state of Oklahoma.

Cynthia Armstrong, Oklahoma senior state director for The HSUS said: “Abandoning these animals to die a slow and excruciating death is a despicable act of animal cruelty. We hope our reward helps find the person or persons who committed this heinous crime.”

Jamee Suarez, president of the Oklahoma Alliance for Animals said: “It is a truly callous individual who would pack these innocent cats into tiny carriers, toss them along a roadside like garbage and then drive away to let them starve to death.”

The Investigators: The Oklahoma City Animal Welfare Division is investigating and asks anyone with information about the case to call 405-297-3100 or Crime Stoppers at 405-235-7300.

Resources: The HSUS Animal Cruelty Campaign raises public awareness and educates communities about the connection between animal cruelty and human violence while providing a variety of resources to law enforcement agencies, social work professionals, educators, legislators and families. The HSUS offers rewards in animal cruelty cases across the country and works to strengthen laws against animal cruelty.

The National Sheriffs’ Association and The HSUS launched ICE BlackBox, a free smartphone tool, to allow users to record video of illegal animal cruelty and share it securely with law enforcement for possible investigation and prosecution.

The HSUS doubled its standard cruelty reward from $2,500 to $5,000 thanks to a generous donation from an HSUS board member. To see information on statistics, trends, laws and animal cruelty categories, click here.  

Fat Dog Kitchen

posted June 4th, 2016 by
Fat Dog

Fat Dog Kitchen & Bar, Anchor Down

We’ve made a couple of stops at some new-ish pup friendly places that we want to mention. Also, we have some updated dog-friendly events for late spring!

Fat DogFirst off, Fat Dog Kitchen & Bar has opened in Midtown at 1234 N. Western Ave. At the time of our visit, they had not yet received their liquor license so only 3.2 beer was available which disappointed Mom and Pops. They have a great set up for me, with an easily accessible patio and dedicated pup water bowls. Mom got fish tacos and Pops got a burger. Both were decent, but we’re not sure if this is going to be our first pick when we’re heading down into the city. We may visit again after they’ve been up and running a while longer.

Next, we made a quick visit to Anchor Down in Deep Deuce, at 30 NE 2nd St. Anchor Down specializes in craft beer and corn dogs. They are welcoming to me on the patio, and even have an adjacent dog park!! We didn’t eat a full meal here because we were hopping around to several places on that day. We are glad this joint exists, but… read more

A Rewarding Week

posted May 28th, 2016 by
Holiday Gift

A Rewarding Week

It’s been a rewarding week – – a week to look back, reflect and realize we are making a difference.  And, best of all, it’s the week Xavier went to his forever home.  He’d been with us a long, long time.

I had the privilege of telling our story to the Vinita Rotary Club on Wednesday. I gave them our year in review and the exciting new programs we now have – – –  there are no words to describe the feeling of acceptance and validation I received.

A Rewarding WeekIn a little more than one year, 800+ animals have been touched by PAAS in some way – – – adoption, out-of-state transport, low cost spay/neuter, feral cat Trap/Neuter/Release.  We’re making a difference – and people are taking notice.

Xavier has been with us for a year.  Smart dog, loves people, tolerates cats and accepts other dogs.  For some reason, people just kept walking past him – or not selecting him for transport.  Yes, he has a square face – yes pit bulls have square faces – but so do lots of other dogs.  Then, on Thursday, his new owner walked through our door – looked at our dogs and chose Xavier.  Picture is below.

Also on Thursday, we had our first graduates from the training program at Northeast Oklahoma Correctional Center.  The program is off to an excellent start and the next class will be 5 dogs – 10 inmates will be selected to work/train them.  The pictures show Xavier and his new Dad, and Jackson & George with their trainers.

Yes – – – it’s been a good week.

Kay Stout, Director   PAAS Vinita  [email protected]  918-256-7227

Xavier

Taming the Rude Greeter

posted May 21st, 2016 by
What's in Your Dog Shampoo

Taming the Rude Greeter – Training 911

by Nancy Haddock

Imagine quietly relaxing on your sofa, enjoying a favorite TV program, when suddenly your peaceful evening is interrupted by a knock at the front door. Chaotic barking shatters the calm as Fido explodes into four alarm style while spinning and jumping as he prepares to spring onto your house guest with all the enthusiastic welcome four paws and a cold, wet nose can muster.

If this sounds familiar, do you long for a different scenario where your well-behaved pooch calmly and politely greets your house guests? 

Let us compare the above behavior with the sport of agility. Agility is a high-intensity sport in which dogs run through an obstacle course with adrenaline pumping through their veins. The dogs require an enormous amount of self control in the presence of heightened excitement. This is very similar to the heightened excitement many dogs experience when a visitor comes to the front door. You can use some of the same training techniques we use in agility training to teach your family pet to politely greet guests. 

Before we start, your dog must know how to sit on command. If you dog is inclined to bolt out the front door if it’s open, I suggest you start with a door to the backyard. 

Step One: 

Let’s begin by teaching the dog to sit while a door is opened and wait patiently for permission to go through that door. Position the dog two to four feet from the door. With the door closed, ask your dog to sit, and then reach for the door handle. If the dog moves, simply remove your hand from the door. Do not tell him “no” or “stay;” just simply remove your hand from the door knob. Wait until the dog is sitting still again and reach  for the door handle. If the dog moves, remove your hand from the door handle. If the dog holds still, start to open the door. As soon as he moves, shut the door. Continue repeating  this process until the dog remains seated      as you hold the handle. During this period, I absolutely say nothing to the dog, except “sit.” Most dogs catch on very quickly. If he sits still, I will reach for the handle and open the door, and if he moves, I shut the door in front of his face. 

Each time the dog remains sitting, open the door farther and farther, but always be prepared to shut it quickly as soon as he moves. When you can open the door to a width the dog can walk through, yet he shows self control by sitting politely, reward him by saying “OK” to verbally release him   to go out.  Next, call the dog back into the house and reward him with treats and           an enthusiastic round of petting and praise. Then, shut the door, ask your dog to sit and repeat the training process from the beginning.

This simple process presents the dog with stimulus (the door) and presence of a reward (going out the door). The dog must figure out which behavior earns him a reward. We have limited his behavior choices to simply either move forward or hold still. The dog should quickly conclude sitting politely still is what causes you to give him his reward of opening the door and allowing him to go outside. 

Step TWO: 

When your dog will sit still despite the open door, and not move until you verbally release him to go, you are ready to add more stimulus, such as the sound of knocking. I also add a food reward during this stage since previously the reward was being released to go out. Now your dog will not be released to go out but will be required to sit still. 

Knock on the door, and as the dog starts barking, ask him to sit near the front door and wait for him to quit barking. Then, immediately give him a treat. Reach out for the door handle; if he moves, remind him to sit and reward him. Knock on the door again and reward him if he remains seated. This is the exact same process of choice and reward we used before, only we have increased stimulus with knocking and switched the reward to food instead of permission to go out. However, even though I have shifted the reward to treats, on approximately every fourth successful attempt, I will release the dog to go. Alternating the reward increases his self control.

Step THREE: 

When your dog can successfully sit politely without moving through the knocking and opening of the door phase of training, we will increase stimulus by adding another person into the exercise. Employ the help of a friend or family member. Provide your helper with dog treats, such as a handful of kibble.  Instruct your helper to approach the door from the outside and knock. Ask your dog to sit and repeat the whole process above until your dog can successfully sit politely while you open the door as the helper stands quietly on the other side of the open door.  

Step FOUR: 

Finally, when your dog will remain seated as you open the door, instruct your helper to enter the house and immediately drop multiple pieces of kibble on the floor as he walks in. As your dog has almost finished all the kibble, your guest should drop several more pieces. As the dog finishes the kibble, quickly ask him to sit and reward him multiple times with treats. 

Dropping the kibble cleverly succeeds in two outcomes: no jumping and a guest calmly entering the house. By dropping the kibble on the floor, you have cunningly manipulated your dog’s behavior from rudely greeting a guest, to calmly welcoming a visitor. 

If step four does not go quite as smoothly as I have outlined above, simply send your helper back out the door and start over, just like you have done in steps one, two and three. This is a process, and it is vitally important your dog is successful with each step before moving on to the next. Also, if you live in a multi-dog household, only train one dog at a time. Place the other dogs outside or confine them to another room, so they are not distracting to the working dog.

Learning response time will differ with each dog. Just follow the plan and expect results!