He can open cupboards. I have had to tie the knobs up to keep him out. I swear he can jump waist high to someone that is 5'5" that is. My major problem is anytime he can he shoots out the front door! I have unexpected family come over often and when they are coming or or going out and he gets his chance he is out the door. Or try getting in the door with child in one arm and grocerys or such in the other arm and calling out to him "no, no" to keep him from running out the door. He will obey me if I can get to him by telling him no. before he gets his chance to run out. In the home he knows "come" and he knows "sit". But once outside he goes deaf to any command I am calling out. Even with the clicker and using treats. I actually have to not put any food out so he will get hungry enough to finally let us catch him or he will scratch at the door to want back in. he is very fast. Once outside you cannot catch him if he don't want you too. iS THERE ANYTHING TO PUT OR USE AT THE FRONT DOOR ENTRANCE TO KEEP HIM FROM getting out?
ya my chihuahua jumps really high and she used to be really hyper adn then I had some obediance training done with her and now she's doing very good but the thing is that she still jumps. I tell her down and she stays down for like a second and then she does it again. thats her only problem.
I have a terrier mix and I know it can be difficult to get small dogs to "obey." Mine has a mind of his own and is not interested in pleasing us. Plus he is very fast and hard to catch once he is out of the door! If he crowds the door when we try to open it, we get between him and the door and sternly telling him "no" and push him away. Cesar Milan has covered this many times. After consistently doing this, he is not as bad about it as before. We also figured out that when he escapes, we can usually catch him by opening the car door--he jumps right in. Maybe all he really wants is a car ride.
If the layout of your home allows it, I would recommend installing a walk-through baby gate to keep your dog away from the front door.
Maybe your dog would be less apt to dart out the door if you take him on regular walks. The outdoors might be less appealing if he sees it all the time, and it would probably help to tire him out.
It installs semi-permantly. Lift a handle to walk through. I suppose that you could put somethign like this in the door frame of your front door if you are unable to put it elsewhere in the house to keep him away from the door.
I personally reccommend crating your dog any time you are going to be opening the door. That way when you leave you do not have to hurry in or out... and when you return and your arms are full... you are not inching in your door to keep the dog in. The crate can be used as a safe haven too. The rule in our house is if the dog is in the crate... you may not reach in to get them under any circumstances. You may reach in to pet.... to give them a treat... to love on them.... but not to retrieve them. because of this they know that if they are ever scared or hurting or just want their own space.. they go in the crate. I make sure there is a toy in with them. A chew bone might also be an idea. I have two chihuahuas and I keep them in a crate that has a divider. This way they are not lonely since they can see each other. When they are learning to crate.... put them in the crate WHILE saying Crate Time and giving a treat. They will soon associate going in the crate with getting a treat and will not be so hard to get to go in. And you will have the benefit of being able to crate them when needed.... even if just answering the door.