|Barked: Mon Nov 19, '12 5:55pm PST |
|You need to practice this as a wait, or go to your place command under controlled circumstances. It would help if you have someone be the door opener. Give him a yummy reward for sitting and waiting when someone knocks on the door or rings the bell. Start with him a good distance away from the door with you just shovelling little treats in his mouth for staying with you.
Then work your way up to letting your door opener just start to open the door. If he gets up, they shut the door and he gets no treat, you put him back where you started and try again. When he gets the idea that when the door moves he gets a reward for staying in place, then you can up to having your helper open the door a little further.
Don't rush any stages--very gradually work up to where you can open the door more and more til it's all the way open and the person can come in without him breaking his sit/stay.
You can use this technique to teach "go to place", somewhere like another room, a mat or crate away from the door whenever someone's at the door or going to go out the door.
In the meantime, I would try to find a way to block access to being able to dash out the door--maybe an x-pen or baby gates--so he can't get out unexpectedly.
I was successful getting my brother's Yorkie to stop rushing out the door when I visited them, just by rewarding him heavily for a sit away from the door. They worked on it a little bit once they saw what to do and they tell me he doesn't run out the door anymore.
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