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
Egads! Get out of the way!!
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!
If your dog does not know the “wait” command, click here for more help https://thedogtrainingsecret.com/blog/4-times-dog-know-wait-instead-stay/
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).
If he charges or goes toward the door
Close the door (again easier one dog at a time).
You can also use your knee to block him from going out should he make a mistake.
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!
I have been a professional dog trainer and pet sitter for over 20 years. I am a Certified Professional Dog Trainer, through the international Certification Counsel of Professional Dog Trainers. I have trained and worked with police, Schutzhund and personal protection dogs. I trained Assistance Dogs in a men’s prison and ran my own nonprofit organization to take adult dogs from shelters and to train them to assist children and adults with disabilities, at no charge to my clients. My nonprofit organization and I were nominated for several awards of merit and even made the front page of the Denver Post. I was a veterinary technician for many years, where I learned about all aspects of health and preventative medicine. I have trained and worked with exotic animals and cheetahs. I introduced a temperament testing program in my local shelter and sat on the board of directors. I volunteered with my dog “Mr. Snitch” and helped local children learn to read. I have attained obedience titles and several blue ribbons. I am constantly in search of ways to continue my education and excellence when it comes to animals, their behavior and their health.