Dogs are an essential part of life. From their undying loyalty to their passion for walks, toys, and bones, time spent without dogs is just not as much fun! One of the things you can add to your home to make it easier to spend more indoor and outdoor time with your pooch is a dog door. Simple and timeless in design, dog doors have been a reliable way to give your pet freedom for decades. However, a doggie door won't do either of you any good if your dog doesn't know how to use it. Once you've purchased and installed the best dog door in Orange County, CA, here's how to train your dog to use it.
Dogs don't look at objects the same way as humans do. What appears to us as a door that serves an obvious function is a complete mystery to our four-legged friends. One of the easiest ways to take the mystery - and the perceived danger - of this weird thing you're trying to get them to slam their head into, is to make the learning process fun.
First remove the flap, or position it in such a way that it is no longer blocking the door. Have a friend or family member sit with your dog inside the house, while you sit outside in a position where your dog can see you through the open doggie door. Be sure to have yummy treats at the ready, then call your dog's name. If they come to you, then lavish your buddy with lots of love and treats. Repeat the process a few times with your dog going back and forth between you and your friend. You don't want your dog to ever be afraid of the door or associate it with any negative feelings, so don't get frustrated if he doesn't figure it out right away. Leave the door open the rest of the day so he becomes comfortable entering and exiting via the door if he wants to.
After 24 hours of stress-free interaction with the doggie door, repeat the same exercise from the day before. First try it with the flap open as before, then try it with the flap closed. If your dog isn't responsive, have your friend hold the flap open with her finger so your puppy can see you through the door as before. If your dog proceeds through the door as before, have your friend lower the flap so it comes down over his back on the way out. This will help your puppy get used to the feel and the sound of the flap so it won't seem so intimidating.
Whether your puppy is house broken, or still learning, it can be valuable to try these exercise just before it's time for a potty break. This will give your puppy a little extra motivation while also helping him associate the doggie door with something he needs to walk through in order to get outside to relieve himself.
All it takes is a few simple exercises such as these, and you're sure to get the most out of your custom doggie door in Orange County, CA. Contact Danjo Windows and Doors for more doggie door tips!