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Help My Dog Runs Out the Door!

Salt Lake City, Dog Training Obedience

As a professional Salt Lake City dog trainer, we have many clients and dog owners state that their dogs run out the front door and the owner has trouble retrieving their dog. If you are reading this post you are probably relating to this stressful behavior.  Below are some suggestions that we recommend to create more peaceful dog training.  Salt Lake City may not be a super busy city but the streets are busy enough that your dog could get hit by a car or lost in the neighborhood. Let’s prevent this now!

1.) Train your dog to wait at the main front door.

  • For safety reasons have your dog be on leash.
  • Ask your dog to sit and c/t (click and treat) the sit.
  • C/T as your dog sits when you approach the door.  Keep clicking and treating as your dog retains the sit as you move to opening the door.
  • If your dog breaks the sit shut the door to prevent your dog from passing through the open doorway.
  • Once your dog can hold the sit while you open the door fully say “sit” and “wait” before opening the door.

2.) Train an awesome “come” command.  Obedience is important if your dog does runs through the doorway and continues running away from you. In the past, we wrote articles on dog training.  Salt Lake City has the Catalyst magazine and they published them.  In this magazine there is an article we wrote on training “come”.  Read this article to learn more about how to train come

We want to hear from you in a comment below!

Have you experienced stress with door darting?  What questions do you have to create a better wait at the door and come to create ultimate obedience at home with your dog?

Johanna Teresi, Professional Owner and Dog Trainer of Four Legged Scholars LLC, Dog Training, Salt Lake City

2 responses to “Help My Dog Runs Out the Door!”


    Johanna takes her profession very seriously. She has a passion for what she does each and every day! She worked with both our dogs Nikki and Coco. Resource guarding was one important issue resolved. Walking on a leash, excessive barking, sit,,come, stay and leave it were other problems. We were able to resolve all of them. It’s extremely important for your dog and your family to complete your daily & weekly homework. We highly recommend Johanna. The results are amazing. Thanks.

    • fourleggedscholars says:

      We absolutely loved working with you!! I am so happy to hear that the resource guarding is going well too!! Your situations were stressful. Peace was around the corner. You created it! Congrats! We also feel super blessed to have had you as a client! You are very welcome and Namaste!