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Date Posted: 22:08:54 04/28/03 Mon
Author: Noofies
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Subject: Sure it can be done!
In reply to: Katie 's message, "detering running away!" on 02:53:24 04/28/03 Mon

Teach a sit/stay (or sit/wait) at the door.

Have her sit at the door and tell her to stay (or wait). Place your hand on the doorknob. If she gets up, take your hand off of the knob, tell her to sit and stay. Repeat. Continue this until she remains sitting when you touch the knob. The next step is to open the door a crack. Again, if she gets up, close the door. Keep repeating, opening the door a little more each time - be ready to pull it shut quickly if she moves! Repeat this exercise, opening the door a bit more each time, until she can stay sitting even when the door's all the way open. Then give her a release sign and allow her to go out. It may take some time - a couple of weeks or even more - to get this so it's reliable, but if you keep working at it and never let her go out any door without releasing her it'll eventually get there.

My Blizzard is/was a bolter. Big time. Now she's perfect about sitting and waiting to be released before going out the door. Sometimes my sis comes to visit and spends the night. She's an early riser, and will come get my dogs to let them out. The first time she came to stay after I trained sit/wait at the door, she couldn't figure out why Blizz wouldn't go out when she opened the door. :) When I got up she said, "what is wrong with your dog that she won't go outside?! I had to shove her out the door!!"

There's another component to this - if she DOES bolt out the door and you have to catch her, do NOT punish her when you catch up with her! Train her to come to you when you call her, and always, ALWAYS make coming to you a pleasant experience. Never call her to you to scold her, or to do anything she might consider unpleasant (bath, nails, ear cleaning, etc.) - go get her for those things, instead.

Good luck!

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