What's to be done?
Well, you can put the baby down, drop the washing, grab the dog and open the door OR you can tell the dog "Go Bed." Thankfully, he then trots happily to his bed and waits with a wagging tail while you let in the visitors.
How is this miracle achieved?
By teaching the simple "Go Bed" command.
The beauty of "Go Bed" is the dog takes himself there, which means you know where he is and have better control over his movements. This is not a hard command to teach, although it does take regular practice and plenty of patience.
As with all training, never punish the dog if he seems slow to catch on. Punishment increases anxiety, making it more difficult to learn and damaging the bond between you. Instead, if the dog doesn't do as expected simply turn your back on him. This withdraws attention and avoids accidentally reinforcing bad behavior.
Start the training in a quiet, distraction-free room. Dogs learn best through regular repetition, so be prepared to train for a few minutes at intervals throughout the day. As he grasps the idea, vary where the training takes place in order to reinforce what's required of him.
To train the dog you'll need: