One of the greatest inventions of mankind was the Doggy Door.
At least that is how I felt when I installed my first one for our two dogs. The doggy door (I would write Pet Door, but this is a Dog website) allows our furry friends to come in and out of the house without any assistance. Most people don’t know that there are so many installation types of doggy doors in the market today. There is the traditional one that is placed inside the wall. There are ones where you cut a hole in a door. And there are even ones that fit inside a slider door and French Doors. If you are ever in the market for a doggy door, you should use petdoors.com. I have used them and they were wonderful to work with.
Before installing a doggy door it is important to consider the location. Make sure your dog can enter and exit in a safe area. Choose and area that is fenced off or secure. I know that might be common sense, but I have seen some doggy door installations in some crazy places.
Now here are some tips on training your dog to use the doggy door.
The power of food is amazing. Famous researcher and scientist Pavlov was the first to show it’s power. Now for you to train your dog to use the doggy door will probably require a small bag of their favorite treats. But it is not as simple as that. For some dogs you can place one treat on both sides of the doggy door and POW, the dog is trained. But it has been my experience that most dogs are intimidated and fearful of the doggy door the first time they use it.
So what I suggest is to first remove the flap door. Almost all doggy doors come with a removable flap or door. Just take it off and set it aside. Next, place a treat on the opposite side where your dog can reach it by just sticking it’s head through. Then place a treat where they have to put their front two legs through the door. Then of course again for their whole body. It is important to not give too much praise. This might actually scare your dog. Instead give calm praise with a little pat on the head and try it over again. Take breaks. Don’t expect your dog to have it all figured out in the first 6 minutes of training.
Once you dog has come in and out of the doggy door without a treat, then move on the the next step. Put the flap or door back in it’s place and go through the whole process again. It is amazing how much effort a dog will give to get a treat.
Don’t be upset if at first accidents happen in the house. The doggy door is a new adventure that your dog needs to feel comfortable in using. Just keep up the training and your dog will get use to using the door. Post below ideas or stories you have with training your dog to use a doggy door.