Tips You Need To Know To Stop Your Dog From Rushing The Front Door
Teaching your dog not to run out the door can be a daunting task, especially if your four-legged friend is used to this.
Dogs are jolly and happy and they are always willing to play without realizing that they expose themselves to many dangers: they can easily get hurt or lost, they can get hit by a car or even attack your neighbors.
These are only several reasons why you should train your dog not to dash through the front door.
If you do not take action when your pet runs out the door, he will understand that running free and chasing critters or even people is some sort of a reward.
Fortunately, there are several things you can do to prevent your dog from doing so, but this is a complex task that involves all the members of the family: all the guests and household members must understand that in order to train the dog, it is essential to teach him to stay sit and wait for you when near exit doors.
In this article you will find 5 tips you need to know to stop your dog from rushing the front door:
Tip #1: Get To The Root Of The Problem
First and foremost, it is essential to understand that if you want to teach your dog not to rush the front door, you must find out why this happens in the first place. Is the dog feeling lonely or perhaps he wants you to take him with you whenever you go shopping?
Is the dog rushing to the door to greet you? These are some of the questions you need to ask yourself if you want to determine the underlying cause of the problem, because this is important for the success of the training sessions.
If you develop an understanding of why is your dog doing it, you will know how to prevent it!
Tip #2: Teach Your Dog The Basic Commands
This is another essential step: before you move on to training your dog not to rush the front door, it is vital to teach him the key commands like “Stay”, “Sit” or “Down”. These basic command words (which are usually accompanied by hand signals) will certainly come in handy in the long run.
If you have a rebellious dog that simply doesn’t want to pay attention to you, try to draw his attention with a treat or a toy. For the obedience training sessions to be efficient, it is important to build a strong and long-lasting dog-owner relationship.
The keyword here is “reward”: reward your dog every time he pays attention to you and listens to your commands.
Tip #3: Eliminate Distractions Then Introduce Them Gradually
The third step is to eliminate distractions to make sure you have the full attention of your dog – this must be done after your four-legged friend starts to obey the basic commands mentioned above.
Afterwards, the next thing you need to do is to introduce distractions (like people or sounds), slowly but surely: this will be challenging, as the dog will have to choose between focusing on whatever distracts him and listening to you.
Another great idea is to practice the key commands in parks and public locations, as there will be plenty of distractions. When the dog listens to you instead of paying attention to whatever happens around him, then the problem is half solved!
Tip #4: Obedience Training Sessions On A Daily Basis
The key to success is consistency: if you want to get encouraging results quickly and without the hassles, the obedience training sessions must take place on a regular basis, especially if you have a puppy.
This way, your four-legged friend will understand that he is not allowed to rush the front door without your permission. You should notice some improvement within a couple of weeks, if you stick to the schedule.
Tip #5: Teach Your Dog To Behave Around Guests
If your dog is rebellious and you do not have mental control over him, remember that you have physical control: don’t be afraid to use baby gates and leashes to make your pet listen to you.
Just like small children, dogs are tempted to act differently when there are other people around, this is why it is highly recommended to keep your dog on a leash close to you when guests arrive at your house. This will prevent the dog from running out the front door – not to mention that the guests will be impressed as well!
To summarize, these hints and tips can help you train your dog not to rush the front door, without the help of a professional dog trainer. You can teach your four-legged friends the basics of obedience training in the privacy of your own home, provided that you follow the advice mentioned above!
Kriss Schaefer is dog Fan and Founder of YourDogTrainingAdvice.com. He writes and shares more dog obedience training tips and behavior solutions on his blog.
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