My dog is a rescue, he was found as a stray and I now know why.....
Its the holidays and I've got family in town and Dylan has been...excitable...two times since christmas he has gotten out. He's a little guy and people dont seem to notice when he's near a door they are about to open. When he gets out he just runs and runs, wont listen to his "come" command wont be bribed with treats and runs from me when I get close. SO my question is: Can anyone give me tips on how to train him to NOT run out the door. He is such a good boy normally but when he's excited he's like a different dog. I just need help. Thanks
For the immediate future, I suggest you keep him on a leash inside the house while you have company. The alternative is to put up a baby gate in a strategic area that blocks off access to the main escape route.
I've found the best way to teach a dog to *not* do something is to teach him to do something else that you *want* him to do. We are currently teaching our pup that he needs to wait at doorways until we say the release word ("free" in our case). This includes every time his is let out the back door to potty. We are also starting to extend this to not leaving his crate until he is released. The idea is that he is supposed to be looking to us for direction -- not acting on his own impulses.
Also -- Are you teaching him to sit to greet people? That should be his automatic response to extra activity around the front door. If he is sitting, he can't be also rushing out the door.