I'm waiting… Why do dogs sit by the door for long periods of time?

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Chris Stoddard
Chris Stoddard

Assuming that your dog is housetrained, you are probably very observant of the cues that they provide to tell you that they need to go out to do their business, and these cues can vary from dog to dog.

Toilet Break

Standing or sitting by a door waiting to go outside or crying/pawing at the door are generally clear indications that your dog needs to go to the loo.

Routine Return

If your dog's favorite person has gone out or is due home, your dog may sit patiently at the door awaiting their return.

Mating Instinct

Unneutered dogs may display obsessive behavior at the door if they pick up the scent of a mate in heat.

Boredom and Play

Boredom or lack of exercise may make your dog sit by the door, hoping for someone to let them out to play or find something interesting.

Outside Fascination

Dogs may spend time by the door watching, scenting, and listening to the outside world, especially if it's busy or interesting.

Anticipation of Walks

Dogs can pick up cues indicating a walk. If excited, they may head for the door, waiting for you to let them out.

Guarding and Territorial Behaviour

Territorial dogs may sit or stand watch at a door, reacting defensively to people approaching.

Understanding these behaviors can help improve your dog's manners around entries and exits.

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