Is your dog too hyper before walks? Watch this video to learn how to teach your dog to calm down and patiently wait at the door before going outside for a walk.
Teaching your dog polite manners and impulse control will make your daily walks more enjoyable. Our basic techniques will train your dog to sit by the doorway politely anytime you plan to take him outside until you use his release word. It's important for your dog to know when it's safe to walk outside. If he's calm before his walk, he'll get into the routine more quickly and easily. Have your dog on your left side with his leash in your left hand. Keep your right hand on the door knob. Wait for your dog to sit without you giving him a cue to do so. Be patient. When he finally sits, open the door and go outside. Use release words, such as, let's go, as your dog's verbal cue. Repeat this exercise back at the house until your dog sits readily at the door. Try this exercise at different doors until he sits and waits for your cue. His reward will be an open door and a good boy from you. Take it to the next level. Train him to sit and stay at the door once it's opened. Then release him. With your dog on your left side and his leash in your left hand, walk toward the doorway. When he sits, open the door only three inches. If he gets up, close the door gently. Repeat until he stays seated. Once your dog catches on and is sitting, he will look up at you when the door is open. Release him with your happy voice and say, let's go, and open the door all the way. Play outside or take a walk. Back at the house, repeat the sequence and conclude the training session for the day. Consistency is key with this behavior, so always expect a sit and wait from your dog at the doorway.