(Closed) I Think My Dog is Using Me or Scared (Need Help With Pet Door)

posted 6 years ago in Pets
Post # 4
10366 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

I think the important thing is to keep making it a positive experience with treats and effusive praise when he does it on his own. If you give in and continue opening it for him, he’ll expect that to continue.

Post # 6
688 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I agree with crayfish, if you have been opening the door for him everytime, that is what he will come to learn. Stand near door, whine, door gets opened, I go outside, whine, door gets opened, I come back in.

It may take time and lots of patience, but you’ll need to keep training him with the treats or whatever until he no longer associates using the door with fear.  Also, I’d take the Caesar approach as well and don’t expect the dog to be fearful, you too have to be calm when training him to use the door (i.e. don’t get frustrated)

Good luck!!

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