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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-15-2017, 11:28 AM Thread Starter
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Opening doors Pro Vs Con

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I'm a lurker on here and would like some imput. I have a 12 week old black german shepherd. He is very food motivated and a good learner. Well yesterday he figured out he can open our lever doors by jumping up and pawing at the doors. The doors he can open lead into our bedrooms and the bathrooms. We have been trying to decide if this is a good thing or not. He cant open outside doors since they arent the same knobs but at another house he gets puppy sat at has lever doors that lead outdoors. I suppose we can teach him to open them only on command or only at our house, but hes obviously still a puppy and can be naughty/curious. He hasn't opened any doors today and I wont be encouraging it until we decide. Please let me know what you think I should be doing or any experiences you have had with this. Thank you so much.
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-15-2017, 01:57 PM
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I think whether or not you encourage it, he's going to do it if it gets him something he wants. Dogs are kind of selfish that way. My girl does the same, and my family dog back at my mom's house will also open those style of doors if it suits his needs (like if we take too long to let him back in or out, haha). If you're really worried, I'd look into baby door locks and the like. Once he learns he can't do it, the behaviour eventually stops. But if anything, unless his purpose is as a service dog, opening doors sounds like a fun way to get into trouble when no one is around.

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So far he has only done it when he heard me getting his food behind a closed door and one other time when I left him in a different room and closed the door to see if he would stay put or try and open the door again. I think for now I'll just put that on the backburner and discourage the behavior because he isn't going to be a service dog and at the age he is **** just make trouble in the doors I have closed to keep him out. He did start jumping on a different door to try and open that and I also don't want him scratching up all my doors. He is my first gsd and I can't believe the rate that he learns stuff. He's going to training in a week so hopefully well learn some more constructive ways for him to challenge him as far as tricks/keeping him busy.
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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-15-2017, 02:46 PM
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My Carly has opened doors since she was young. She's 7 and still opens doors, and I have round doorknobs!

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I had a shepherd in the past who could open round doorknobs.

My boy now is no dope. He can open wire crates without bending or damaging them. I don't know how he does it. But he knows how to unlatch them. He can open our new walk thru baby gates, and he can open the screen door on our RV. So the kid has some skill.

I bought him an Impact crate for the truck so I don't have to worry about him letting himself out in some unsafe place, and also can lock him to protect him from humans.

He is always kennelled if I am not home and that's one door he hasn't gotten and likely won't, it's a horse stall latch on the outside of chain link so I can't really see how he would open that, although it does have a spot for a clip or a lock
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with regard to your question no I don't think it is a good thing.
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It's a cute trick, but a pain and a potential danger. Carly can open doors, gates, crates. I use padlocks and clips, but the doorknob thing is the hardest to stop. She's lost interest in opening doors lately, which is nice.

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