Dog owners can surely relate to the struggles of handling an energetic dog. Because of the dog’s limitless energy, they can sometimes be quite playful, which could cause accidents where they could hurt others or themselves. Some dogs continue playing roughly after being scolded by their owners, but there are also dogs who are sorry for the ruckus that they have done.
Another reason why dogs “won’t do it again” is because they might have hurt themselves at one point, and they do not want to experience the same pain again. Just like a certain Golden Retriever who bumped himself hard on a glass door in his home.
This Golden Retriever named Buddy was so afraid to go out the open door even when his owner calls him.
Buddy did not notice a closed glass door once, and after that, he decided he never wanted to pass through one again. The dog might have run into it at full force, and that got him to think that it might hurt him again.
His owner, Brittany Gaunt, spent a week trying to get him to come through the open door without fear. Then, Gaunt decided to record her attempt to help get Buddy past his fear.
“He wouldn’t come through without me closing the door and opening it in front of him for a good week,” Gaunt shared on the video’s description.
Buddy still could not bring himself to trust the open glass door.
In the video, Gaunt was urging Buddy to come inside their home by calling out his name, but no matter how much she called Buddy, he remained sitting outside wagging his tail.
Hope was not lost, though, as Gaunt still had a trick left up her sleeve – treats.
Treats work almost every time, especially when you want your dog to do a trick, or just to capture their attention. As Gaunt knew that herself, she went and used it as a last resort.
The treats tactic never failed to get Buddy to come in.
Buddy’s favorite treat was a strip of bacon. As he saw Gaunt pulling one out right in front of him, he knew that it was meant for him. Still, Buddy had to figure out how to get it out of his owner’s hand.
The bacon strip became Buddy’s motivation to swallow his fear and try to push through it. He began testing the waters, checking whether the glass door was opened. As he made sure and confirmed it, he finally went in with hopes of getting his yummy treat.
Gaunt was victorious in getting Buddy back inside the house, and Buddy celebrated his victory as well by munching the delicious bacon and finally getting past the invisible barricade. Gaunt praised the dog for doing a good job.
The hard week for both of them was over.
Gaunt uploaded the one-minute video online, and it racked up almost one million views on YouTube. She wrote in the description that she was really glad to record their scene. Buddy sure had it rough, but Gaunt never gave up until he finally got through his trauma. Surely, Buddy received more treats and cuddles after a job well done.
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