Today I Learned: Not to Charge the Door

Today I Learned: Not to Charge the Door

Pet parents – we’ve all been there. You get a knock at the door, whether it be for the post man or a pizza delivery, and suddenly your dog charges and tries to escape. It’s frustrating and makes every time a visitor comes over very stressful.

But thankfully, at Dogtopia, your dog learns that the best way to react around the door is calmly and patiently.

Repetition is key

With many dogs and Canine Coaches coming in and out of playrooms during the day, your dog learns right away that the door is an important part of the room – it brings new people, new BFFFs (Best Furry Friends Forever) and at the end of the day is the pathway to mom or dad!

Our Canine Coaches practice door control throughout the day for this reason. Sometimes they draw a line around the opening of the door to dissuade pups from entering that space, other times they make the dogs sit and wait before the door is opened. This repetitive action teaches the pups not to rush the door and not to get overly excited when someone tries to enter – which means better behaved dogs at home.

Listen up

Practicing door control at Dogtopia and at home helps to make your dog a better listener, too. Giving them boundaries and guidelines reiterates that they need to listen to you at all times. You can practice door control or other listening techniques at home. Start small and give lots of positive reinforcement in any command situation.

Your dog learns all sorts of new skills at Dogtopia! Find your nearest dog daycare center today.

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  1. In terms of training,a pet, a family member constantly reminds us: You, mom and dad, are the alpha dogs in your house. You must decide what behaviors you like and don’t like. Make a list and post it on the fridge. Let’s say you hate to see fido rushing the door. Training fiido is done with love, treats for compliance, consistency, patience and NO ANGER. A clicker followed by a treat works well to identify the exact behavior you want. Draw a line in chalk five feet from the front door or use the edge of a carpet to define how close fido can come to the door. Ask fido to sit with toes behind the line. Use a leash if necessary. Lots of patience here, pulling him back over and over. Each time he is behind the line click and treat then ask him to STAY. To start make each session about 10 minutes. End with lots of praise, love and pats. From this start you can progress to opening the door and then one day fido will know exactly what he is to do when the door is open….SIT behind the line. Fido will come to love his interaction with you and then you can move to number 2 on your list