bitework/protection people: an "OK" word?
Okay, yesterday brought up a minor issue with Voodoo. Voodoo is by nature a very protective dog. He doesn't allow strangers to set foot on our property if we're not home. Even people who have visited regularly aren't allowed in. If we're home, it's a different story. He absolutely adores people. BUT we've discovered we have to physically meet people at the door and invite them in for Voodoo to accept them.
We found that out when a friend stopped by yesterday. Voodoo's met him plenty of times. When our friend knocked, we were busy cooking dinner so my husband called for him to come in. Our friend was opening the door when Voodoo snarled and flat-out charged him. Fortunately, our friend closed the door in time. My husband had to go to the door and physically invite our understandably-shaken friend in for Voodoo to drop his guard.
Is it possible to teach Voodoo a specific "okay" word? How can we teach it? It would be nice to just be able to tell Voodoo that a visitor/visitors are welcome on the property without having to meet them face-to-face and escort them in every time.