Putting in the time and effort to teach your dog to open car doors will certainly be worth it, whether they are going to be a service dog or just a family pet. When your pup learns how to open the car door, she can assist you when your hands are full and load herself into the car to get ready for road trips. If you put in the time and have some patience, your dog can learn to open the car door on command.
Before you can teach your dog to open a car door, she must already be well versed in basic obedience training and moving on to advanced tricks. Clicker training is very helpful to make sure she quickly understands each step you ask her to do and doesn't get too confused. She should also understand how to mark an object, pick it up in her mouth on command, and release it. This command might take up to three months to teach, depending on the car and how long it takes her to pick up the steps, so have patience and keep it fun.
There are a few different methods you can use to train your dog to open a car door. Read through the three listed below and decide which one will be the best for you.