You get home after a long day at work, you’ve picked up the kids and you’ve just done the weekly shopping. You open your front door, bags in hand, and by the time you’ve dropped your bags down on the floor, your dog has leaped through the doorway and onto the street. Everyone is on their way back from work so the street is packed full of cars and the risk of an accident is high. You charge out onto the road and collect your mischievous dog, but this wasn’t the first time and you fear it won’t be the last.
Thousands of dogs every year are killed on the roads. Dogs have a natural ability for escaping their confines and charging into danger and while it may have been funny the first couple of times, now you seriously worry about your dog's safety.
The good news is, training your dog not to run out the door can be achieved in as little as a couple of weeks with receptive puppies and within a month or so if he’s older and stuck in his ways. You will need to use rigorous obedience commands, plus take a number of steps to limit his ability to charge out the door. Obedience commands will increase your level of control over your canine friend, also making other training easier.
It won’t be easy, but with patience and consistency, you can expect impressive results. Mastering this training is vital, it may save his life and also prevent a serious traffic accident that could injure somebody else. Successful training could also save you from hefty vet bills if he’s seriously injured during his unsanctioned exploits.
Before you open the door, you will need to get together a few things. Firstly, get yourself some doggie treats or break your dog's favorite food into small chunks. You will need these to hammer home the training and reward him for good behavior.
You will also need a doorway to practice in that doesn’t lead onto a busy street and is free from distractions. You will also need a long leash for one of the methods below.
The only other thing you need is patience and 15 minutes each day for the next few weeks and then you’re ready to commence training!
I red what your article says, but when I tried it for 5 weeks, and he still runs out the door, I dont want one day that my dog runs out and a car hits him, plz help. :c
Hello Coral, I suggest using the "Long Leash" method also found in that article but make the following changes to it. https://wagwalking.com/training/not-run-out-the-door 1. use a very light weight long leash, so that he will not feel it very much. You may have to make your own leash with something like braided paracord or climbing accessory rope. Look on the cord packaging and make sure that whatever you choose can hold at least five times his weight. Make sure his collar or harness is not too loose so that is won't slip off if he were to get out. 2. Attach the leash to something that gives him enough length that he 'could' get out the door, so that it is not the leash stopping him but your training - the leash is just for safety and to keep him from being rewarded with freedom outside if he were to get past you. Your presence needs to be what keeps him inside though since he won't always be wearing a leash. 3. When you first start the training on the leash, start in front of your door to go outside. Open the door a few inches and if he tries to move into the doorway, immediately close the door and get between him and the door and walk toward him until he has backed up several feet. Stand in front of him blocking his way until he stops trying to get past you and either walks away, looks at you for direction, lays down, or does something else indicating that he is ready to listen and stop trying to sneak out. If he won't give up, keep taking steps toward him until he indicates he is pay attention to you or will leave the door alone. Practice this routine at the door until he no longer rushes the door while you are standing there, even if the door is wide open. Increase how far you open the door as he improves, until you can leave it open while standing there. Your body language should be calm but very firm when you do this. You are walking into his space to communicate without giving any commands that you want him to respect that space (which you are claiming with your body language) by the door. 4. When he can handle not rushing out the door while you are standing there, then gradually back out of the door yourself - going outside or onto the porch steps, leaving it propped open while you do this (he should be able to handle it being propped open at this point - if not, work on the opening and closing and walking toward him for longer). Walk just far enough away that he is tempted to go out the door but doesn't try to every time. If he stays inside, then return to him and place a treat on the floor to reward him. If he tries to go out, put your hand out, with your palm facing him, like a stop sign and rush toward him to get him to back up into the house again, while saying "Ah Ah". Once he is back inside, practice walking away outside again, being ready to move toward him if he tries to follow you. Do all of this without giving any commands so that he will learn to do this at all times - not just when told to. 5. As he improves, gradually practice walking further and further away outside, even out of sight briefly (remember to use the long leash just in case he bolts and don't stay gone for long so that you can catch him trying to go out if he tries - which he will likely try when he cannot see you at first). Practice all of this until he can handle staying inside even while you are out of sight. 6. When he can handle you being out of sight, then recruit some friends with kids or dogs to walk down your sidewalk or play outside, while he watches from the door. Reward him when he stays inside, be ready to rush toward him if he tries to bolt (you may need to get a lot close to the door again when you first add distractions). Practice all of this until he can stay inside even if you are around the corner and there are distractions present. 7. Once he is trained, always be careful still. Any dog can slip up if something unexpected, they were not prepared for happens, and it is always good to be careful around cars. 8. Whenever you take him outside through that door, give him a command such as "Okay", "Let's Go" or "Free" that means it is okay to go through the door with you. You are teaching him to automatically NOT go through the door in general so he needs to be taught a command that lets him know that it is okay to go through when told to, so that you do not undo his training by letting him through the door without a release command. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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