Been training my dog and for the most part it’s going well but despite walking her many times a day she still seems to have this urge to bolt and she won’t sit or obey while at the door. Any tips?
If you have a fenced-in backyard, the backdoor should be the only outside door the dog passes through without a leash. If you don’t have a fenced-in backyard with the gates closed, your dog DOES NOT leave the house without its leash.
Someday, perhaps, your dog can be taught to sit politely inside the door as you chat with friends on the stoop but it does not sound like that will be in the near future, given her tendencies to bolt out. Remember how boring it was as a child to listen to grown-ups talk on the phone or at the door? It must be even more so for a dog, especially since it can pick up all those over-powering and enticing smells in the great outdoors.
The above is how I keep my dog in the house. For more ideas you may wish to look through the professional dog trainer Cesar Milan’s website, or Google “how to keep dogs from bolting out front door.” You might additional helpful tips by Googling “how to keep dogs inside the house.” There is always Obedience School to try if one exists in your area.
I hope you find an answer. We want that dog to stay safe!