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    Stop a Dog From Running Out the Door

    Articledog training guidesWednesday 18 May 2011

    Any owner of a playful puppy knows the frustration that comes in trying to stop a dog from running out the door. Whether you are worried he’ll scare away the delivery driver or worry about the dog running out onto the road, it’s a behavioural trait that needs to be eradicated very quickly. Learn more about improving dog obedience in the guide below.


    Dog Obedience: Teach a Dog Not to Run Out the Door

    -    Remember the thrill of the chase – and what dashing after your dog might actually indicate to a puppy. By chasing after the puppy when he darts out the door, you are effectively initiating play, and the dog may see it as an effective means of engaging your attention.

    -    Before introducing training techniques, it’s worth stating that this is one of the harder areas of dog obedience to crack, and a training process that may take a couple of weeks to implement. Take each day step-by-step, and try not to get frustrated with your puppy if he does not take the hint; he’s only trying to build a bond with you after all.

    -    Be the master of the situation. As the dog owner, it’s your prerogative to eradicate this behaviour. Simple dog training, repeated on a day-by-day basis, will yield results, but first of all, you’ve got to try and play down the dog’s curiosity about life beyond the door. In the first couple of days, try and keep the dog away from the immediate area next to the door. Use safety gates to zone off this area from the puppy.

    -    Introduce the lead at an early stage. Make it a symbol of authority next to the front door, and to weed out the dog’s incentive to run out the door, instruct your puppy to sit before you go out and clip on the lead to his collar. Over time, the dog will begin to associate the lead with an exciting trip outside and will be more than happy to listen to your commands.

    -    Ensure visitors understand the situation. Even if you’re scrabbling to open the front door, your visitor may not appreciate an excitable puppy jumping up and possibly nipping them. Place a sign at the front door indicating the fact you have a puppy in training; this may encourage visitors to be a little more patient and understanding of the situation.

    -    Introduce the ‘Back’ command in conjunction with ‘Sit’. As the dog darts towards the front door, say ‘Back’ in a firm voice. Once the dog retreats from the door, ask him in a kind voice to ‘Sit’ and offer up a treat. Repeat this step at regular intervals over the next few days until the dog seems calm around the door.

    -    Finally, enlist the help of a friend to put the puppy’s skills at dog obedience to the test. Ask a trusted friend to play the role of a visitor. If the puppy behaves as the visitor comes to the door, give him a big treat and plenty of affection – you’ve cracked the problem of a dog running out the door.

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