Training Two Young Herding Dogs to Stop Door Dashing

By: Sam Kanouse

Published Date: November 1, 2017

For this Omaha dog training session we were asked to train two, one-year-old dogs, Blue the Blue Heeler and Mars the Australian Shepherd, to have better door manners and stop door dashing.

After I arrived I sat down the Blue and Mars’s guardians to discuss their main dog behavior concern. I learned that they didn’t have a lot of rules in place. When dogs, especially young dogs, don’t have a lot of rules in place in can lead to them getting into bad habits as they are searching for what they should and should not be doing. To help Mars and Blue relax in the home I suggested a few rules such as sitting before going through the door and no furniture for a minimum of 30 days.

One way to help young dogs build self control is to teach them to stop door dashing. By having the dogs wait behind an invisible boundary when guests or the guardians are at the front door, the dogs will learn how to build up their impulse control. To see how I accomplished this you can watch the video below.

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

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