Boundary Training: The Door
Megan Brooks CDT, CGC Evaluator
One of the first things I teach any dog that comes to my home is that just because the front door is open doesn’t mean the dogs have permission to go through it.
This is such a simple thing to teach and it virtually eliminates any problems that a dog has with dashing through the door and running away.
During training, you must be very careful not to let the dog reward himself by running out the door, especially at first. Use your body to block any attempts your dog makes to walk through the door and use a sharp verbal correction such as “No!” or “AHHHHT!”.
Gradually begin to add more time and distance between yourself and the dog standing in the doorway. If he crosses the threshold you are moving too fast. Don’t go so far away this time.
Practice this every day, several times daily for ultimate results. Dogs learn fast that the open door means stay put and wait. Use each time you go through the door as an opportunity to train.
Last Updated: Monday, February 08, 2010