Is your dog one of those that is so excited to get outside that he runs out the door in front of you? If so, you will be glad to learn how to stop this problem. Happily, you can easily learn how to correct this behavior with some practice.
- You will want to start this type of training with one of the house’s inner doors-not the front door. This will make it a lot easier to control the dog until he learns not to go charging through doors in front of you. As you approach a door within your house you’ll probably notice how your dog will position himself to get through it before you do. . If he’s had obedience training he’ll already know these two very basic commands, and do what you say. Once he is in position, make sure you give him a reward and lots of affection and praise-make him feel good about the training. It might take a minute for him to really relax and settle down, so wait a little before beginning to open the door again. OK, when he relaxes, go ahead and open the door. As he sees the door open, he most likely will quickly leave the sit and stay position, and be well on his way to going through that door. This will probably happen at first, but don’t let it upset you. Just keep repeating the work with sit and stay until he waits to be told to move to the door.
- The next step is to try opening the dog just far enough for you to slip through. It is less of a temptation for him if the door is just partially opened. He may try to get up from his sit and stay position, but quickly return him to his spot and again command him to sit and stay. You will have to keep repeating this stage till he demonstrates he has learned to stop running through the doorway by remaining in the sit and stay position- even after you have passed through the door to the other side.
- Now you are ready to try out the results at the front door-this is the ultimate test. Your dog knows that fun and adventure await on the other side of that particular door, so don’t be surprised if he is harder to control than at the other doors. Be sure you are ready by placing his leash on him before you go to the front door. If yours is a big dog a good idea is to attach his leash to the doorknob- instead of you having to yank on him. If he does lurch out the door before you can stop him, this will bring him to a quick stop, and give him something to think about. If your dog does try to go through the door, you just need to go back to the last step and work some more on the basics.
- Keep repeating the training several times daily until it is well learned. Each time you pass through a doorway (or step over a curb or leave his boundaries), you can reinforce his training. Training your dog to stop when he reaches a curb is also important for training boundaries to your dog.
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