By Chris Bach and The Third Way – The Next Generation in Reinforcement Training
In April, Chris provided tips for crate training your dog. This month, Chris discusses how to use her “Eye Contact Game” to teach a dog to wait at the door before rushing out. This is a very important training tip for all dog owners. By rehearsing calm behavior at the door, this will prevent unfortunate accidents that could occur should a pet rush out the door and into a dangerous situation.
There are three preliminary items to consider:
Once Pup Knows “Being Still” Opens the Door
Once Pup Knows to Make Eye Contact to Open the Door
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Even though this column was written as another method of teaching the Pup eye contact, using the DOOR METHOD is also a safety measure. By teaching your dog to sit patiently at the door, especially when the door is open, it is a preventative measure from your pet darting out of the house and into a potentially dangerous situation. Keep your pet safe. Practice the DOOR METHOD every time you take your dog outside.