Train Your Dog Not to Run Out an Open Door or Gate

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At some point, dog owners may have encountered a rambunctious dog bolting out their open door or gate. It's natural for a dog to run. They love running out to open spaces. However, as responsible dog owners, you should prevent your dog from doing this. Running out of an open gate or door and into the street can be very detrimental to both your dog and the one trying to get your pet back. Safety is the primary reason why you should train your dog not to run out an open door or gate. If you teach your dog the limitations and boundaries, you alleviate the problem of your dog bolting out your door. Your dog should learn when and how to exit your home or yard, and it's up to you to teach him how.

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How to Train Your Dog Not to Run Out an Open Door or Gate

Running out an open door or gate is bad manners for every dog. You definitely don't want to run after your dog every time someone opens a door, and your dog runs away. It's embarrassing, not to mention dangerous. Here are some tips on how you can train your dog not to run out an open door or gate:

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    Make sure you let your dog know that you're the leader.
    Once you have established yourself as the boss in your dog's eyes, you will get the cooperation you require. Always be consistent with your authority and discipline, but do not hurt your dog. Not letting your dog get away is part of the secret to training your dog not to bolt.
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    Train your dog basic discipline commands.
    "Stay!" "Sit!" "Come!" and "Down!" commands are absolutely necessary, and you should practice these commands daily. Treats will help these commands become fixed in your dog's mind. You're working toward the dog's lessons to take over every time you open a gate or door. A true leader will be able to stop that instinctual bolt out the door.
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    Take your dog out on a leash and teach your dog to come to you.
    A long leash will give your dog more freedom. Teach your dog to come to you with treats and a slight tug on the leash. This should be practiced regularly so that when you finally remove the leash, your dog will come to you instantly.
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    Never punish your dog when he or she doesn't come to you.
    Punishment will only associate the "come" command with a negative experience.
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    Attach a leash to your dog's collar when you're teaching your dog not to bolt out.
    Close the door every time your dog comes close. Start by opening the door only a few inches, and watch for your dog to wait patiently, rather than pushing toward the narrow opening.
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    Step on the leash as you open the door.
    Wait for your dog to lie down or sit by the open door. When your dog sits, and stays calm by an open door or gate, make sure to reward him with treats. Practice this regularly.
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    Each time your dog remains calm, open the door a bit wider.
    Do this consistently and regularly.
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    Think of a term you can use to signal your dog that he or she can go out.
    This will allow you to control your dog every time you open the door or gate.
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    Apply this training in other areas, such as the car.
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Your dog is a reflection of what kind of dog owner you are. If your dog is disciplined enough to control the urge to run out an open door or gate, then you are an excellent dog owner. Be consistent with this and you will have a reliable dog with or without the leash in front of an open door or gate.

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Tips

  • Always keep your dog on a leash whenever there is an open door or gate.
  • Be ready with treats at all times.
  • Never chase your dog when he or she does escape. Your dog will only think it's a game and this will make him or her run faster and farther.
  • Be patient.

Questions and Answers

How to train a dog not to run out of a gate when owner is leaving by it?

These are some of the basic tips that may help you train your dog:

Training your dog not to run out of a gate every time you go out takes a lot of effort and time.

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    The very first step to training a dog is to build a relationship with mutual trust and respect.
    Without mutual trust, the dog will not comply with your commands. To properly establish rapport with your dog, always show your dog kindness, play with your dog and always treat your dog as a part of your family. A dog also needs its owner's time and affection to effectively develop a well-mannered behavior. As much as possible, limit using a leash on your dog as this will only cause stress to your dog.
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    The second step to training a dog is to let your dog know that you are the boss.
    A good example is when you're feeding your dog. If your dog becomes over-excited and barks when it sees the food, stand there and firmly repeat the dog's name keeping eye contact with the dog. Only give the dog his food when he calms down. In this manner, the dog will recognize you are the boss.
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    After establishing superiority, the next step is to teach your dog basic word and hand commands.
    Give your dog a treat every time your dog complies with your command. To do this, stand a few meters in front of your dog and call his name. Raise your hand gesturing the "stop" sign and firmly say, "Stop!" If your dog complies with your command, give him his favorite snack. After learning the "Stop" command, teach your dog the "Come" command by coming up with a different hand gesture, or by simply by clapping your hands. Repeat this process every day until your dog fully understands your command. You can gradually leave out the hand signals, just relying on your voice command.
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    After teaching your dog the basic commands, you can proceed to the Door and Gate Training.
    At this stage, your dog is now more well-mannered, and complies easily to your commands. The first thing to do is to open only a portion of your door or gate and if your dog walks or runs toward the door, do the "Stop" command and give your dog treats if he complies. The next step is to slowly walk outside the door or gate observing your dog. If your dog tries to follow you, again, enforce the "Stop" command and give treats when your dog complies. Repeat this process every day and slowly omit the treats until your dog fully complies with your command.
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    When teaching your dog voice commands, lower your voice, and speak the commands with authority.
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The above steps will help you train your dog not to run out of a gate or door every time you go outside.

Below are some basic tips to help you train your dog not to race out of an open door or gate:

  • Be Friendly. Being friendly to your dog builds trust. The very first step to train a dog is to build a trusting relationship.
  • Be Firm. Being firm lets your dog know that you are his master. A good example is by giving him his favorite toy or food. When untrained dogs see their favorite toy or food, they usually start barking and wagging their tail joyfully, as if they're telling you to give them their favorite toy or food right now. In this scenario, the dog is more attentive and very responsive to commands. You can start introducing a basic command just by firmly saying his name, maintaining eye contact. Don't give your dog his favorite toy or food until he has calmed down, and is waiting patiently. Slowly give him his reward. Repeat this process daily to enhance your dog's ability to follow commands.
  • Voice and Gesture Commands. After teaching your dog to follow basic commands, you can start to train your dog with basic voice and gesture commands. A simple combination of a voice and gesture command is the word "STOP!" At the same time, raise your hand making a stop sign to your dog. This can be easily done while giving him his food or favorite toy.
  • Gate or Door Training. After making your dog follow simple voice and gesture commands, you can proceed to gate training. Similar to giving your dog's favorite toy or food, in gate training, start by opening the gate a few inches. If your dog makes an effort to go out the gate, simply do voice commands or gestures. Repeat this process daily and widen the opening of your gate every time he follows your command until your dog fully complies with your gate training commands.
  • Reward System. Reward system is one of the most efficient ways to train a dog. Rewards can be in a form of dog biscuits or dog food, his favorite toy or a simple pat on his head. Every time your dog follows your commands, give your dog a reward and slowly decrease giving rewards until your dog obediently follows your voice command, without a reward.

The above mentioned tips will help you train your dog not to run out of your gate every time you go outside.

Why does my dog always run out of the gate? Is it a game?

What is the motivation for the dog?

Your dog wants to explore!

Here are a few reasons your dog runs out of the gate whenever it is open:

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    If your dog has been inside the house or inside your yard for several days, he is probably bored and wants to explore the outside world.
    This is an obvious reason why dogs bolt toward an open door or gate.
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    Most dogs, especially untrained dogs, love to chase other animals outside the gate, especially if they've been watching them from the confines of your yard, or front window.
    This instinctive characteristic kicks in and off they go.
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    Dogs love to play outside the yard, especially when they are used to exploring while accompanying you on your daily walks, jogs or when you go on hikes.
    Some dogs will think it's a game, wanting your attention, and expecting to play fetch.
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    You dog might be lonely, excited to socialize with other dogs, or perhaps he's looking for a girlfriend.
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Here are some reason why your dog always run out of the gate:

  • If your dog sees you outside the gate, he'll want to welcome you home.
  • If your dog sees either a familiar person or a stranger outside, your dog will want to get to them, so he can bark at them.
  • If your dog sees a another dog outside, your dog will want to fight or play with the other dog.
  • If your dog hears a bark from outside the yard or house, he will run out of an open door or the gate so he can bark at the dog to establish his territory.
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It is not a game, but it will be a game if you throw something near the gate as then your dog will get it. If you want to train your dog, use dog food or your dog's favorite treat every time your dog is doing what you want. Those treats will be your dog's motivation to learn. Show with your dog you are a good owner.

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