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!