If you have a dog who dashes out the door and runs whenever someone is coming or going and then blows you off when you try to get him to come back, here is a quick and painless cure for door-dashing that will leave him happily racing back into the house, or (better yet!) not even darting out to begin with.
Never scold your pup for not coming back in fast enough or running out and playing “catch me if you can!” Instead, prevent any such activities by beginning teaching new skills using a longish leash attached to a regular buckle collar. The dog can drag the leash while you practice this set of skills, and if for some reason he bolts the first time or two, you can always quickly step on the leash. Practice these steps until your pup hurries back into the house every time with no leash at all. Believe me, it won’t take long!
- Before you let your dog out show him an extra special treat (like a whole hot dog, if he’s a large dog!) let him watch you place it near the doorway (inside).
- Then let him out and call him back as soon as he is out the door. When he comes back, make a big deal about it and give him the whole hot dog.
- Repeat and notice how much faster he gets each time!
- That’s it. Except just one little thing. The reward has to be extra super special. Don’t try to pass of hard biscuits as special enough. They aren’t and it won’t work with biscuits. Be sure to us something moist and soft and smelly (turkey, bison or beef pepperoni, and natural hot dogs or a big chunk of Polish sausage are perfect) that he never gets at any other time.
It may be a few weeks before you can stop using the big food reward, and just have it once in a while. Remember, if the dog thinks training is a fun game that he invented, he will obey willingly and happily every time, so make it fun!
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