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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-11-2010, 12:09 AM Thread Starter
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Paws on the door

My pup has developed a terrible habit of jumping her front paws on to a door when she went out. It started on the sliding glass door and we never corrected it because it wasn't an issue. Now when it's time for a car ride she'll go to the car and do the same behavior, which is an issue. Where should I start in removing this behavior?
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Take her to the car on leash - problem solved. In the case of other doors, figure out what you'd like her to do instead. Reward that, and ignore the jumping. Eventually she'll figure out what works and what doesn't work to get what she wants, and you'll save the paint job on your car. Manage the situation to prevent her from jumping while you train the alternate behavior.

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Makes perfect sense. What are some behaviors others encourage for their dogs to let them know they want outside. I wouldn't mind if Rally gave a little bark to let me know she needs out but she doesn't bark much to encourage it.
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I have quiet dogs too. They will usually either stand by the door and if I don't notice they start bothering me. Have you tried the bells? I know some people find those helpful. The dog needs to go out it rings the bells hanging on the door.

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The bells work great at my house. Ava rings them when she has to go out to potty...when she has to go out to chase butterflies...when she has to go out to warm herself in the sun...when she has to....Oh well, you get the picture. I am FOREVER hearing the bells!!

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My dog touches the door knob with his nose, and the knob has just that little bit of play in it and makes a soft rattling sound. If I don't get up fast enough for him, he starts whining. The great thing is I didn't have to train him to do any of it, he just did it automatically.
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