Read Steve Snell's dog training collar reviews & more See Steve's Hunting Dogs
Gun Dog Supply's Hunting Dog Store
Shopper Award 
FREE SHIPPING on Orders $89+

Stop Your Dog from Bolting to the Door!

by Robin MacFarlane

Teaching your dog to Wait at entryways.

Dogs that don't come when called are a challenge to live with. But it is even more frustrating when those same dogs are the ones that bolt out of an open door at the slightest opportunity.

They aren't selective. They bolt out of their kennels, out of the car, and of course out the front door. If you're not quick or paying attention, they are out and gone!

Teaching a solid recall should always be part of a dog's training, but I'd suggest you also teach your dog to Wait at entryways.

By teaching the dog to Wait, you are training the dog to seek permission before making the decision to move past a threshold. This is such a useful behavior and can be used in a number of situations including: doors exiting the house, car doors, the kennel door, as well as openings like stairs or entries to other rooms.

The dog can learn to "Wait" on one side of any definable threshold until given permission to pass through.

As you take a look at the video, let me point out the key things to remember when teaching this behavior.

1. Make sure there is a leash attached to the dog. This prevents an escape if you are working at an exterior door. Plus it is used to assist the dog in learning the correct behavior.

2. Use your body language to help the dog learn to back up. Body blocking is an easy way to stop the dog from moving forward.

3. Remember to practice in a variety of situations. Use a wait command at doorways, but also on stairs or getting in and out of a car. The more you generalize the behavior, the more your dog learns to be patient and look for permission to go.

4. Make sure you have a permission cue that tells your dog when it is ok to move forward. A permission cue teaches your dog to wait until YOU give permission rather than the dog having to decide on his own.
-- Robin

Robin MacFarlane is a professional dog trainer and owner of Thatís My Dog in Dubuque, Iowa. Her best-selling dog training DVDs, JUST RIGHT and JUST RIGHT 2 have helped thousands of dog owners teach their dogs basic obedience and fix problem behaviors through a system of training that you can easily work into your daily routine.
  • Robin writes for Gun Dog Supply on our E-collars Dog Training blog
  • Follow her on Facebook
  • Read her other posts here on

  • Pull-Quote= Need your dog to stop bolting out doorways? Try this.

    1-800-624-6378 shipping-map free-shipping
    GUN DOG SUPPLY - "Serving Hunting & Field Dog Owners Nationally Since 1972."
    Order online via Secure Server or call 1-800-624-6378 to order! GDS Warehouse, 17645 U.S. Highway 82, Mathiston, Mississippi, 39752 USA.


    Gun Dog Supply's Facebook | Gun Dog Supply on LinkedIn | Gun Dog Supply on YouTube
    Gun Dog Forum sponsored by GD Supply | Reseller Ratings: | Gun Dog Supply on SHOPPER APPROVED

    All words & pictures are copyright © 1997-2024, Gun Dog Supply or their respective owners. All rights reserved. Buy online with confidence when you order discount retriever hunting dog supplies, canine training equipment, k-9 accessories, and training products for your gun dog, bird dog, or working retriever. Your on-line purchase is protected through secure server ordering. Review our 100% satisfaction guarantee. Shop our canine closeout items, best bargains, k9 discount prices, good deals, cheap stuff and other values for sale. Compare our products in reviews, reports, comparisons, and buyers guides.

    Customer Priority Number:

    privacy policy | terms & conditions