door scratching

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Barked: Sat Apr 27, '13 4:39am PST 
Looking for ideas to help my dog stop scratching at the door?

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Barked: Sat Apr 27, '13 8:38pm PST 
Is he/she scratching to go out or come in? If so, I would teach a different cue that you would prefer to the scratching. A lot of people use bells hung at the dog's height next to the door. When your dog scratches at the door, hit the bells so they make a sound and then let him out. Before long your dog will realize that the sound of bells means the door opens and will go straight for the bells instead of scratching the door.