I just got a golden, and he always wants to jet out the front door as soon as someone opens it. He ususally comes back when called, but tonight he ran from me. i chased him all over, i finally caught by saying come here comet you want a treat? and held my hand up like i had a treat. If i hadn't done that, i am sure i would not have caught him. PLEASE HELP. How can i get him to stay. I knwo he loves it here, we treat him well, he is very loved, but always wants to run!
Teach your dog respect for the door. Put him on leash and put him into a sit/stay. Hold onto the leash. Open the door. If he runs out, say "uh-oh" and bring him back inside and close the door. Repeat this as many times as necessary. It will be have to be repeated many, many times the first time. When he does not bolt, walk outside, holding the leash, and tell him to come outside. If he runs out before you give permission, go back inside, close the door, and try again. Each time you do this "game" it will take fewer times before he waits for permission. Eventually he will come to respect the door and understand that he needs permission to go out of it.
OR... make a little "entry way" with a baby gate so that for your kids to go out the door they have to open the baby gate, walk forward, close the baby gate, then open the front door. So it's two doors, essentially. Then the dog has no access to the front door.
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I like what missbella suggested.One thing you could do while practicing that excersise is instead of holding the leash just step on the end of it, that way if your dog bolts he gets the verbal correction but also the leash correction. Just make sure you put enough of your weight on the leash so it doesn't come out from under your foot.
Actually I disagree with the corrections, in general dog training should be about rewards, not punishments and instilling fear. Basic training classes are a must, I would practice with the kids, with treats kept at the door, everyday repeat the exercise so the dog comes to associate the door opening and food treats comeing out. In the beginning put the dog on a leash for the exercise, walk the dog to the door on leash, open it, put the dog into a sit, and the treat comes out.It would be helpful to have someone come to the door a few time for practice as well. Have the kids practice to, walking the dog to the door, opening it and then the dog gets treats. Do the exercise mant times a day, different people. The treats should be kept at the door (high up so the dog can't get them) And they must be extra special treats, so the dog is thinking about them all the time. Keep it up for a week or so, being a golden, soon you'll have a dog that will think it is more fun to sit and wait when the door opens and get a treat, then to bolt out the door and away from the treats. Good Luck, and tell us about the progress.
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I think your dog realizes the kids are most likely going outside to run around and play, so he wants to go with them, your kids chould try to teach the dog how to be patient at the door and bring the dog outside with them for a while. Dogs love to be around kids because it gets all their playfulness out and they realize that kids run around just like them. Good Luck. If you have ever watched the dog whisperer, their was a dog that did the exact same thing, so ceser would leave the door open, with a leash on the dog just in case, and whenever the dog tried to take off he would staand infront of him and have hims sit down and he would say no in a stern voice,, you have to let your dog realize that he can only go outside when you give her permission.
Ignore those telling you positive reinforcement is how you need to stop this behavior. Treats are a extremely poor way to train a dog not to do something. You dogs current behavior needs to be extinguished. FACT:That can only be done with negative reinforcement!!! (BF Skinner discovered that any organism will discontinue a behavior that leeds to a negative outcome) In other words the dog needs to become uncomfortable when he rushes the door. That doesn't necessarily mean being hit but just made uncomfortable. Remember that consistancy and repetition is the key! The establishment of an attentive command would be the best start but lets move without that right now! Example: A choke chain or rope properly fitted just below the base of the head on a leash. Now create the situation that makes the dog rush. Even encourage it to rush. Now the next sequence needs to be quick and without hesitation between steps!!! Let the dog rush forward as if going out the door. Jerk quickly on the leash stoping the dog and pulling it back to a spot somewhere behind you and immediately praise the dog with strong voice and firm physical strokes and pats on it chest and sides (do not pat the dog on the head) You only have to let the dog move a couple three feet not make a big run. Do not use any command with this exercise such as "stay" or "no". Remember we want the dog to stop doing this not listen to our command. Stay silent during the steps until the praise. Repeat this several times in a row having your kids run out and scream and carry on just like usual. If you are "firm" and consistant with your leash and your collar is up by its head so when you pull it feels choked, I would be surprized if your dog continues after 3 or 4 times. This process should be repeated each day or even more if behavior shows. The sequence is very important. What we are doing is making the dog uncomfortable when he bolts and rewarding when he doesn't. Skinner discovered that a dog, or any organism, will extinquish or avoid the behavior that immediately preceeds the uncomfortable feeling and will repeat the behavior that immediatley preceeded the praise! Simple simple simple!!!Dog gets uncomfortable when it rush but gets rewarded when it stays back. Now these behaviors need to be repeated enough times to become conditioned responses that do not require concious thought on the dogs part. Then used often enough to maintain them and not allow them to extinguish or forget. It also sounds like the dog needs to be taught to "come" in the same fashion, Best advice: Throw out the treats or use them for teaching silly tricks that aren't important!!!
What a horrible post, you should be ashamed of yourself. I didn't pull that info out of my #@%^.I am totally shocked at your post and sickened, that you would resort to punishments, when you can use positive reinforcement, and especially a soft breed like a golden Retreiver. To many animals in this world are punished for behaviors that happen, for reasons that the average person does not know. For the dog they are just that, behaviors, and plus they have the mentality of a small child. Would you use punishmnet to correct a small child? If this dog bolts one day, hes not going to come back to someone that the dog cannot trust. Thus as I described as fear of being mistreated. There are alot of different things going on here besides a dog that just wants to go outside.
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Sue you obviously have no idea how to actually extisnguish a behavior in a dog. You have been using treats in your training process and fail to recognize or understand that you are being more cruel to that dog than someone who would strike it!!! Dogs are not even close to the mentallity of any human. Your ignorance does not amaze me as with many of you so called "experts" you fail to realize the cruelty in using one of the two basic instinctual needs of a dog as a reward as not getting it then turns negative!!! I have spent a good part of my life saving dogs that people like you have caused to be abandoned by their owners because they can't get the dog to do anything without a pocket full of treats!!! Using food as a training tool is horribly punishing to a creature that is a opportunistic feeder and lives only in the present. You poor misguided woman I feel for the dogs you have punished with you ignorant methods! By the way how big of back pack do you have carry your treats?