Stop Your Dog’s Door Dashing Once and For All


Awwww, dog door dashing, it has become a bit of an epidemic!

Think About It

Your dog wants to go outside and he wants the fasted way from point A (boring house) to point B (exciting outdoors).

And if we don’t teach him any better, we end up with dogs that look like this

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Egads!  Get out of the way!!

The Problem?

Impulse Control

Your dog wants something; so he attempts to bully his way through doors, down stairs, or to his dinner.

The truth is that we all need impulse control!

I can’t dart out any door that is open and I want to go through, either.

I can just see it at work, it is nice outside and I see a client coming, so I wait till she opens the door rush through and knock her on her tush.

My parents and life, taught me that I can’t have everything that I want.

I can’t steal food off people’s plates, I can’t sip their drinks, I can’t run outside and frolic at the park whenever I want and I can’t steal all the things I would like to have.

I have learned impulse control.

Dog door darting is a lack of impulse control!

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Say “Wait”

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If your dog does not know the “wait” command, click here for more help

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Begin to open the door (it is probably best if you work one dog at a time at this point because it is less distracting).

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If he charges or goes toward the door

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Close the door (again easier one dog at a time).

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You can also use your knee to block him from going out should he make a mistake.

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Use a release word, preferably not commonly used often in your vocabulary, and let the dog go outside.

Continue to play this game out to the yard.

Play it also when the dog wants to come inside.

Play this game at the front door or the garage door.

And, play this game in the car!

Your dog’s door darting will soon be a thing of the past!

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  1. Anne Gardner e Ggsrdner says:

    I have had several dogs of different breeds – 4 Labs, a Maltese, a Beagle, and 5 Cavalier King Charles Spaniels. I trained all the others to stop when I said “whoa.” But those Spaniels cannot be trusted off leash outside or with an open door. No matter how well trained, they have a characteristic that they may “bolt” at some unexpected time and run for the great outdoors or the street or just to run. I have had a Cavalier sitting patiently watching me open a door to take trash out or whatever many times and after several years suddenly make a dash and be across the room and out and gone. I have had one placidly trotting behind me and suddenly looked around and I was dragging an empty collar. He had twisted out of his collar and was already at the gates of our gated community trying to get out. And they are faster than we are. I will study your suggestions with great interest!


  2. I have a service dog that is very well behaved except for one thing. She was attacked by a cat when she was a puppy that left some deep gashes on her nose. Now she is terrified by cats. She cannot ignore them and will chase them if she is off her leash. If they come towards her she screams and runs in the opposite direction. How can I desensitize her regarding cats? My mom has a nice cat with no claws and I have been trying to work with that but it doesn’t seem to be getting any better.


    Minette Reply:

    Search for my articles on desensitization


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