I wasn't sure where to put this topic so I decided to go with the general forum...
Bianca and I were faced with a revolving door downtown earlier this week and we had quite a bit of trouble with it.
I was wondering if anyone has a GSD and uses revolving doors with the dog, or has any tips or ideas on teaching a dog to go through a revolving door?
Bianca was very confused by the door, since it seemed to her like a solid wall and she didn't really know what to do. I tried going very confidently towards and through it so she would be confident, but she was quite confused and unsure about what to do. She kept trying to turn around or back up, so that I was afraid her tail was going to get stuck.
It doesn't help that she has a long body and extra-long tail, so when inside between the doors she pretty much filled the space as in her nose was at the door section in front of us, and her back end was close to the door section behind us... She did not know what to do at all. I eventually ended up just holding her tail out of the way myself and pushing through as quickly as I could while telling her "let's go" so she'd stay facing forward. After we went through I found out there was a wheelchair exit to the building we could have used, but it was way on the other end of the building from us (this was a huge multi-block-sized downtown Chicago building.)
However I'm thinking it would be a good idea to work on these types of doors in the future so we can go through more easily and without her getting confused, in case we come across them again in therapy work or when traveling (we also might go downtown to that building again...) I did have to use revolving doors sometimes when doing animal-assisted therapy with my previous dog so it seems like it would be a good thing to train.
So any ideas on how to get a GSD through revolving doors easily?
She does know a hand target but I did not think to try using that in the door. I am also wondering if I can somehow teach her to tuck her tail out of the way, or maybe something like having her sit down right near the "forward" door (the one you push on to get through) when we get in, so her tail will be out of the way of the "behind" door? Or have her walk backwards?
(kidding, but it just might work...)
I'm not quite sure. Maybe the best thing is just to avoid these doors whenever possible and just do what I did this time if we need to go through one again sometime?