Canine Companion conducts dog training classes in Fort Wayne, Huntington and surrounding communities and behavior consulting nationwide.
KEEPING YOUR DOG SAFE USING DOOR BOLTING MANAGEMENT
The First Plan Of Action Should Be…PREVENTION!
The best way to enhance your dog’s training not to bolt through a doors is to NEVER let them made a successful escape! Sounds obvious, but the truth is countless people and their guests have accidentally lete dog out the door, this gives the dog a taste of freedom that can be exhilarating, but very dangerous. The dog doesn’t know he could get hit by a car, get injured by another dog or other specie of animal, become lost, he may accidentally hurt children and if rushing towards them, at the very least he will scare not only the children, but there parents as well! Lets say your dog escaped and got hurt, why doesn’t he then realize not to bolt the dog in the future? It’s because dogs fail to associate their escape with the injury or fear they experienced once they realized they were lost. The time length was just too long to make the association.
Remember how dogs learn. Any experience the dog finds rewarding is reinforcement for him to try and repeat the behavior that got him the reinforcement. i.e. Dog bolts through doorway, you yell and the dog thinks you’re excited too! He runs off, is hit by a car, taken to the vet, has surgery to repair his broken leg and then… the next thing you know, he’s trying to bolt the doorway again, even with the cast on his leg! Why? Because all he recalls is the excited of freedom, great exercise, your screaming, all the sights and smells, how much fun and rewarding could life be?
Use Management – keep the dog from escaping by doing the following management. Teach all household members to not let the dog out.
- Before anyone places a hand on the doorknob, they MUST look around for the dog. KNOW THE DOG’S LOCATION!
- Before guests enter or leave YOU must be the one turning the doorknob, you cannot expect every guest to remember to know your dog’s location before touching the doorknob. BE REALISTIC WITH YOUR EXPECTATIONS!
- NEVER open that door until your dog is secured by someone holding his leash or collar, he is tethered to a secure object or he is in another secured room.
- You are holding your dog securely.
- The dog knows how to perform a solid “wait at the door until you have cued his release”.
- These steps need to be performed at all doors, even vehicle doors.
- To learn more on how to modify door bolting, contact us.
The mental stimulation that a dog receives when learning new behaviors will offset the lack of physical exercise he may not be getting because of bad weather! Bark questions to: Canine Companion, 11652 North – 825 West, Huntington, IN 46750 or email email@example.com