Reactivity In The New House, Progress

Avery at the front doorWe live on a much busier street now where there is more car traffic and more foot traffic.

Our neighborhood is what I call an “actual neighborhood”.  You can walk around the block, walk down to a park, or even walk downtown to go shopping.

There are alleys and the streets are tree lined.  The houses are all different from each other and it feels very welcoming.

Because of the increase in activity, we were naturally curious about how Avery would handle this.

The front of our house has a big window along with a glass front door which means that Avery can see everything that goes on.  When the window and front door are open, he can also hear everything that goes on.

Since Avery is reactive, we were definitely wondering just how he would deal.

Our worries and concerns were needless.  As I mentioned before, Avery seems much more relaxed in this space.  Nothing has proven this more than his lack of reactivity.

If someone walks by, sure he might go to the door and watch but that’s about all he does.  Occasionally if he sees another dog or if someone is being loud, he may snort and that’s the extent of his reactivity.

A snort.

He doesn’t bark and only rarely does he let out a low growl.  The low growl only happens if someone is walking a dog right by the front yard fence and stops.  If the dog is across the street, then he goes back to the snort.

Avery at the front doorWe have folks who come up on the porch like the mail carrier, and the milk delivery guy.  Avery does not bark at them.  He whines a bit and wags his nubbies because he wants to say hello.  That’s it.

For a dog that can be reactive, this is a HUGE deal.

He is the same way in the backyard as well.  He doesn’t bark at the neighbors when they leave or enter their house.  He doesn’t bark if people go by in the back alley.

Instead he’s a typical boxer who watches and observes.  Let’s out the occasional snort to say, “I see you out there. I know you’re there.”

Now if someone does knock on the door he will bark and I’m OK with this.  I do want a dog that will bark to let me know something is going on.  The key is that he needs to stop when I tell him to and so far he is doing just that.

This is a huge sigh of relief for us to know that Avery isn’t stressed about the increase in traffic and that we can have the doors and windows open without worrying that he’s going to act a fool.


  1. That’s great to hear! I hope his calmness in the new house will continue. What a good boy, Avery!

  2. What a good dog! Our dog barks often, then whines, sometimes snorts. Wish he’d bark less like Avery! Better on your ears too considering how much traffic you get! Good girl Avery!

  3. Yea Avery. Such a good boy.

  4. I’m gobsmacked that you have milk delivery!

    I mean yay Avery!

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