Training a Dog to Use a Dog Door


December 4, 2011

A dog using a dog door.We taught ours by simply pushing them through it. They got the idea quickly and were happy with it. When other dogs came into our household, they got the idea from watching our dogs do it.


By Pat from Phoenix, AZ

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October 18, 2009

Help. Why is my dog peeing in the house and how do I make him stop? I have a doggy door, and he is walked once or twice a day. It rained 7 days ago, but he still won't go to the bathroom outside in our backyard. Maybe he doesn't want to get his paws cold, but it's too bad. What do I do? Thanks.

By sammy from San Jose, ca


October 18, 20090 found this helpful

I'm not sure I can help with the dog door part, but regulating his water intake should help somewhat. One tv trainer suggested ice cubes instead of filling a bowl.


In addition to make it clear that peeing in the house is bad, you should definitely let/take him out every 2-3 hours until he learns not to pee in the house.

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October 20, 20090 found this helpful

Depends on the age of the dog too, if he's older he might have a medical problem.

Remember that storm we had last week was a DOOZY, it freaked my cats out a day before it happened. I would also give him incentive to go through the door, say a treat on the other side of the door?

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October 20, 20090 found this helpful

I have a huge German shepherd/rottie/dobbie cross who hates getting her feet wet or cold; dances around on three legs, won't go to the bathroom, runs back into the house and "goes" on the floor! I got her some doggie boots. She looks absolutely ridiculous, but it solved the problem!

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January 24, 2012

We have a 2 and half year old Lab. She has been house trained for a good year and half. She has her own doggy door which she comes in and out of when she pleases. She is suddenly acting like she can't remember how to get out of the house. When we direct her to her door, she goes out and then stands at another door and cries for us to let her in. We have no clue what is going on with her.

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January 25, 20120 found this helpful

I wonder if she got hurt (or frightened) going through the doggy door. Could it have made her afraid of it now?

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January 26, 20120 found this helpful

Maybe something happened to her out in the yard (kids throwing rocks or teasing, etc.). Also dogs can have strokes - maybe this is the cause of her change in behavior.


May be time for a trip to the vet for a check-up.

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February 4, 2016

My dog Sheba is 3 years old. We have a doggy door, but when it rains she prefers to not go outside and pees just before the door to go out. What can we do to stop this problem?


February 5, 20161 found this helpful

I have four doggies and one hates the rain as well! She is just stubborn! So... I decided to just leash her and take her where she needs to go whether she likes it or not! No more pee in the house! Also, I do it way before the " regular" time she's used to going out and I use the front door, that way it doesn't cue her to pee! Since I. Only have to do it when it rains its no big deal and it's better than cleaning up pee!


By the way....I put several throw rugs by my door and when my dogs come in wet I wait for them and they are trained to walk back and forth on the rugs to wipe their feet. Then they wait for me to wipe them down with a towel so no smelly wet dog smell in my house! They love it and they all wait their turn! Ha ha!

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October 18, 2009

I have a 12 year old poodle we just put in a doggy door and she will not use it. If I raise the flap she will come in or go out but will not push it open herself.

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