Training Door Manners to a Young Puppy and Two Little Dogs

By: Sam Kanouse

Published Date: November 1, 2017

For this Nebraska dog training session we were asked to train four-month-old English Cream puppy, Bear, and two adult Maltese dogs, Mia and Lizzie, to get along and stop door dashing.

After I arrived I sat down to chat with the guardians about their main puppy behavior and dog behavior issues. To help the two adult dogs adjust to having a new puppy in the house I suggested a few new rules to incorporate such as: sitting before going outside. I also learned during our chat that the dogs liked door dashing, trying to run out the front door when guests arrived.

To help train door manners, I taught the guardians our Escalating Consequ3ences to establish an invisible boundary around the front door foyer. Remember to make sure that everyone in the house knows where invisible boundaries are set when using this technique. When you are working with more than one dog pick one dog to move behind the boundary one at a time and then work to include all dogs behind the boundary. To see how I accomplished this you can watch the video below.

By the end of the session the dogs were looking to their guardians for leadership and direction. To keep up with this good behavior I want to encourage the guardians to use our Petting with a Purpose technique to reward the dogs for good behavior and to use our Escalating Consequences to disagree with the dogs. We wrapped up this session with Bear, Lizzie and Mia’s Roadmap to Success video, which you can watch below.

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