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Teach Your Dog to Stay at the Door | Teacher’s Pet With Victoria Stilwell

One of the more frustrating behavior issues
that people have with their dogs is that when the doorbell rings or someone comes into their
home, the dog takes the opportunity to run out to the door or jump up on someone, as
they’re coming into the home. I’m going to show you, today, how to teach your dog to
stay in one place when the doorbell rings and someone comes into your place. It doesn’t
matter what kind of position your dog is staying in: Standing up, sitting down or lying down
is absolutely fine, as long as your dog is comfortable. The first part of this process
is to back away. I use a hand signal along with a vocal cue. Stay. Good boy. I don’t
reward Nathan until I’m right back with him, because I don’t want to break his stay. As
Nathan is still complying, I’m now gonna do this again. And the next time, I’m gonna take
it up a level by actually putting my hand on the door and rattling the door knob. Normally,
when you rattle a door knob, this is the signal that the door is going to open. So a lot dogs
will break their stay, because they’re excited about either getting out the door or about
who’s coming in through the door. Again, lure your dog back onto the mat, get him to stay
and repeat the process. Nathan’s now chosen to lie down, which is absolutely fine, because
he’s still staying on his mat. Stay. I am now rattling the door knob. A lot dogs, when
they hear the rattle of the door knob that’s the cue that either the door is gonna open,
and then they can dash out, or that somebody’s outside. A lot of dogs, at this point, will
break their stay. But because Nathan is still staying there, and he’s being really, really
good, I’ll go back to him and reward him. Good boy. Okay. Because he’s doing really
well, I can move up to the next level, which is opening the door a little bit. Again, if
you’re dog breaks their stay at this point, just lure him back onto his mat and repeat
the process. Stay. Good boy. Good boy. Stay. I’ll repeat this a couple of times. Each time
the door opens, Nathan looks at me, because now he’s looking at me for the cue. Good boy.
Stay. Each time I open the door, I’m opening it a bit wider. Good boy. Because he’s doing
really well, I can move up to the next level, which is to open the door really wide and
take a step back from the door. Now, at this point, Nathan just decided, well, he had enough.
He decided to walk away. I’m not gonna tell him off. I’m not gonna punish him. I’m just
gonna wait for him to come back to the mat and just allow him to settle. Because the
most important thing is that the dog is thinking. If your dog decides that they just want a
little break from the training, allow them to have that break. It’s your dog’s way of
saying: Okay, I’ve done quite a lot, now I just need to either walk away, or I need to
get a drink of water, or I need to go hang out, I need to lie down a little bit — just
go with the flow. The most important part of this process is really not to impose your
will upon your dog, not to punish your dog if you’re dog doesn’t do well, but just really
allow your dog to think and to learn, because Nathan’s in this learning process right at
this moment. Good boy. Stay. Now I’m going to open the door and take a step away from
it. Stay. Good boy. Yes, excellent. Good boy. Good boy, okay. Okay. “Okay” is a release
word that I use to release the dog off the mat. The next stage of this training is to
have somebody ring the doorbell. Now, as soon as the doorbell is wrung, that’s normally
a trigger for a dog that somebody is gonna come into their home. Some dogs are very excited
about it, and some dogs are very nervous about it. Whatever your dog feels when the doorbell
goes, the doorbell certainly will encourage your dog, probably, to go to the door to investigate
who’s gonna come through it. And it makes this whole process a lot harder. When I open
the door there’s gonna be nobody outside. And this is, again, building up steps until
we can get to the point where the doorbell rings, and there’s actually somebody outside
there. So I have somebody ringing the doorbell but hiding around the side of the door, so
Nathan can’t see him, so it make it easier for Nathan to be successful. When you build
up this cue in stages, it’s much easier for the dog to learn. Stay. I’m going to reenforce,
again, just by opening the door. Good boy. Good boy. Nice. Now I’m going to get Richard
to ring the doorbell — can you ring the doorbell? As you can see, as soon as that doorbell rang,
Nathan became really highly charged. It was as if all this adrenaline went through his
body: “Who’s at the door?” At this stage of the process, when the dog gets a little bit
frustrated or maybe protective of the house or excited, don’t do anything at all — just
wait. So when Nathan is calm, I’m just going to call him to me and go through the process
again. Nathan, come. Good. Good boy. Stay. Good boy. Ring the doorbell again. Nathan
is quite a protective dog — he’s quite territorial. But, again, I’m not gonna do anything. Sit,
good. Stay. Good. Ring the doorbell again. Stay. Good. Now that was hard for him. The
doorbell rang, and he didn’t move. He did one bark, and he didn’t move. That was very
good. That’s why I rewarded him for doing that. But now, still, he has that desire to
investigate: “Who’s gonna come into my house?” “Where did that sound come from?” And again,
I’m just going to wait until he focuses enough to be able to come back to me. Good boy. Stay.
Good. I’m gonna open the door, and again, there’s gonna be nobody outside. Good. Good.
You’re gonna ring the doorbell again. Stay. Good. Very good. Alright. Now, you’re going
to ring the doorbell again, and you’re also gonna be there at the door. If I tell you
can come through, come through. The only time that you can come through is when Nathan is
still on his mat and staying, alright? So ring the doorbell. Stay. Good boy. Okay, you
can come in. Hi. Stay. Here. Okay, go out again. Good boy. Good boy. Nathan. Sit, good
boy. Stay. Okay, ring the bell. Stay. Stay. Now you can come in. Stay. Good boy. Come
in. Stay. Good boy, okay. Okay, you can go say hi. Hi. Good boy, alright. This cue is
vital to teach your dog, because a lot of dogs like to dash out at the door, or a lot
dogs like to jump up on people as they come in. If you give your dog something else to
do when the doorbell rings, they have a ritual of behavior like: I have to got to my mat
and stay there until I’m released, until the person comes in, and I can go and say hi.
That means that your dog is now focusing on a positive behavior rather than negative behavior
of barking, going up to the door and possibly jumping on the person as they come in. If
you have a multi-dog household, this cue can be harder to teach. But you can have success
by teaching each dog separately than putting them together. Dogs learn much better when
they’re learning by themselves with less distractions around them. And that’s how you teach your
dog to stay at the door, positively. I’m Victoria Stilwell for eHow Pets.

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73 thoughts on “Teach Your Dog to Stay at the Door | Teacher’s Pet With Victoria Stilwell

  1. Great video! I have a German Shepard puppy who is almost 12 weeks year old! He like to bite a lot!!! He bites my hands my feet, the back of my legs, and any part on my arm. Can you do a video all about how to teach your dog not to bite? Also can you do another video on how to discipline… woith examples? The video you made before was unclear. Thanks!

  2. Another amazing video from Victoria!!!Victoria you've been an inspiration for me!!!Love your work-never stop!!!!! 😀

  3. i have german shepheerds:) they are wonderful. just remember that a puppy always will have the need to nibble on things o learn. they check out stuff with their mouth and teaching them not to is not fai to a young dog. i would wait for a while. they need to grow up. BUT do not let him bite your hands by just remove it. you can give him a toy instead.. but just remember that they learn by chewing as puppies:) GOOD LUCK with your new baby <3

  4. A release cue is how you let the dog know that it's OK to stop doing what you've just commanded. For example, if you say "sit" the dog should remain sitting until you say the "release cue" word/phrase. A very common one is "OK." And, yes, you have to teach it to your dog but there's a ton of great info on the ehow site that can help you learn how!

  5. Then you clearly don't know anything about being a good dog owner! She is very helpful actually to make and show us how to teach dogs correctly. So if I was you… I wouldn't adopt a dog. If you already do then shame on you.

  6. Thanks Victoria! You have now helped my dad have more confidence in adopting a puppy which is a really big step for us!!! 🙂

  7. this will be a challenge! the yorkie in my york/maltese mix is quite curious. not a barker though. he just does a quick investigation of the person and then goes right to my side. if it's a stranger he'll run immediately back to me and sit at my feet. i wonder if that's good enough? he's still a pup though so maybe he has shyness going on with the strangers.

  8. You have to respect other peoples' opinions.Some people believe giving treats is good and some dont.That doesnt make him a bad dog owner! If something else works for him then he should use that! Its whatever works for you really.

  9. And if that dog was a crazy young Labrador? Come on, you've chosen the quietest dog n earth, plus he's been trained before, for sure

  10. She showed you how to teach your dog, there is no reason why she should make a two hours video of trying again and again, until he gets it.There is no difference even if you have crazy young labrador, it just take more time and patience, thats all.

  11. What about knocking on the door. Sometimes, people can't find my doorbell (because it's a bit hidden) and how will the dog react to the knock when i teach her with the doorbell? And how will i be able to train her with both the knock and the doorbell? Is it any different?

  12. I love these videos! They're so helpful! I'm thinking of getting a dog and these videos help out a lot! also, I love the intro music.. it's so cheerful and happy!

  13. From what I gather, it's not any different at all, just the sound changes. Your dog will need to associate the same behavior with both the knock and the doorbell.

    Sorry if my English is a bit shaky at the moment, it's not my first language. I hope you understood what I meant!

  14. Victoria, you are incredible! Your way of training is so simple yet very effective. Your patience and understanding of dog behavior is awesome! I love watching your training videos and listening to your tips. Thank you very much!

  15. is it obvious to anyone else that the dog is ALREADY TRAINED,,,, yea its just that easy,,I call bullshit,,, try that with one of the  dogs I rescue off the street,…she is a joke….ILL stick to Cesars vids because I actually learn something when I watch them…

  16. you're really an expert! for the first time I see a good trainer not forcing the dog to anything , but making the dog realize right from wrong on his own!

  17. I think she cuts just to save time a little? Lol. I mean obviously, your dog probably isn't going to learn these things in ten minutes. It takes practice and keeping up with the training. You guys are awfully snippy for people getting free advice.

  18. When Nathan got up and walked away I heard him saying : All right skinny bitch I have had enough of you and the stupid door . Keep the treats to your self you have already learned a lot .

  19. This worked well with my 16wk old Karelian bear dog mix who is known to be impulsive, the whole dominance-submission thing makes her more aggressive

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  21. I have a jack russell 3 years old i dnt no his back ground if some one knocks he runs around in fast circules and jumped up and bit my leg this has tryed to happen again. I have a jack russell female whos 7 tje only problem i have with her she hangs off the lead by her teeth when i go to walk her my labrador she fab dog. Milky who ive had for 3 or 4 month is the one who has bit me. Hes so loving i dnt no his back ground but this is the only problem i have.

  22. I know this is way after the video was posted, but if your dog gets excited when the door opens, how do you open the door without the dog getting out? (Or closing the dog in the door.)

  23. My problem is that i have 3 dogs and the oldest one is like that and the other 2 aren't and i'm afraid they will copy her behaviour.

  24. I have people coming into my house all day long I wish I could find a way to train my dogs not to rush the door when someone comes in.

  25. What something else will she means a commend or a food treat? Till the people coming in? I will know it for my dog 😊 He go to his mand but if the people coming in he s jumping on it. Plz can you answer me 😉

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