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Dog Training Tips for Teaching Threshold

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Dog Training Tips for Teaching Thresholds. Do not pass unless invited to do so!

Do you own a “Door Dasher”?


Thresholds at it pertains to dogs is an important but oftentimes overlooked area of training with many owners and dog trainers. Teaching a dog NOT to move through a threshold unless invited  to do so can be lifesaving. A threshold is a door to the house, car door, crate door etc. So many times, I hear of dogs escaping through a door only to get lost, or worse, hit by a car or engage in dog fights. Dog Training Tips for teaching thresholds.

Teaching your dog to respect thresholds is a simple process. Start by having your dog on a leash and having them sit or down a short distance from the door (giving space) when you take them out/in. YOU should be closest to the door, not your dog. Don’t your dog too close to the door as this is too difficult at first and they will be out the door as soon as it’s open (four or more feet away is best). When you begin to open the door, if they attempt to move out of position you can pop back on their leash as you quickly close the door. Repeat the process over and over until they don’t move while you are opening the door.

Remember, teaching your dog something new takes the longest the first few times so, patience is important.

For car doors, do the same as above when having your dog get into the car. Put your dog in a sit Coming out of the car, slowly crack the door, reach in and take hold of their leash. If your dog moves towards the door, simply close it. Repeat until you can open the door fully and your dog waits to be invited out. DO NOT talk to your dog during the process as this will only distract and excite your dog.

Role play these behaviors in drill like sessions. Go out the door, car, crate, come back inside. Repeat, repeat, repeat (30 or so repetitions at a time). This will help your dog learn much more quickly than doing it once or twice a day.

Enjoy a calmer, safer, better behaved dog!

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