Training Tips to Master the Doggy Door

Here are some training tips I’ve pawed up to help your canine get through the flap.

  • Remove the door!
    Take the flap out of the door, or hold it back with packing tape. This removes the fear of the hard door and the snapping and popping sounds it makes when it closes. Sit on the opposite side of the door and call your canine to entice them outside (treats and toys are a must!). If your dog goes through the open door praise them with affection and play and go to step number 2! If they don’t, keep trying. It may take a few days.
  • Create a Soft & Silent Partial Door
    Hang a light hand towel on top of the open doggy door so it covers ¼ of the door. Again try to entice your dog using the methods mentioned above. If your dog goes through praise and lower the towel until he or she enters and exits the door with the towel completely covering the door.
  • Use a cardboard flap
    This still creates a “silent” door but has a similar weight to the actual flap that the dog must push through. Cut the cardboard to size so that the covering can swing back and forth through the door. Use the same method as above and cover ¼ of the door and increase after each successful attempt. Remember to praise!
  • Reattach the doggie door!
    Last but not least, reattach the dog door flap and entice your pooch through. If you are still having problems, tape the flap so it is half open and they need to push the door to get through completely.

Training tips to master the doggy door If these steps didn’t help your canine, try bringing a friend or neighbours dog over that knows how to use the doggy door! It is a great reassuring tool for your pooch to see that using the door is ok; your dog may copy their behaviour. Soon enough you will have a mutt that masters the doggie door and will be in and out non-stop!

How did you get your dog to use the doggy door?


4 Responses to “Training Tips to Master the Doggy Door”

  1. J 26 May 2015 at 12:54 PM #

    I have a golden retriever who doesn’t like tight spaces any tips on the doggy door?

  2. DOGUE 27 May 2015 at 8:59 AM #

    Woof J,

    When you purchase your doggy door, ensure that it is large enough for your pup to comfortably fit through. Always use your canine’s favourite treats and positive reinforcement when he goes near the doggy door. You could also try taking the door off its hinges and stand on the outside and call him through, once he does this a few times and is rewarded you can continue with the methods above, use a cardboard flap to cover the door and build up to re-attaching the doggy door again.

    Licks and sniffs,

  3. Gregory Willard 9 July 2016 at 3:01 AM #

    I have always wanted to get a dog door on our back door. I had no idea that you should should use a towel to help train the dog. I will have to try that out if we ever get one installed.

  4. Linton 7 October 2016 at 9:57 PM #

    Hi, We have a dog door and our Cavoodle has been using it for sometime, but now does not. We think she has got her tail pinched a few too many times. Any thoughts?

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