This one simple tip will stop your dog running out the door before walks, according to a trainer

Jack Russell running in the garden
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Does your dog dash out of the front door as soon as you open it? If your answer is yes, then we've got a top tip that you'll want to hear.

We can understand why our pups are so excited to get outdoors, stretch their legs, and have a good old sniff. However, racing out the door can lead to a myriad of safety concerns - especially if you live by a busy road. 

As well as being potentially dangerous for your dog, you might feel a little frustrated over this behavior and want to find a solution for the pulling. Well, the good news is that we've found one and all you'll need is the best dog treats to get started. 

The experts at JW Dog Training and Behavior Consulting shared this advice in their recent Instagram post, and we think it's a game-changer. Here's what to do: 

To stop your dog from bolting off, you want to teach them that when you open the door, it's a cue for them to turn back to you. 

So, how do you do this exactly? JW Dog Training says: "As your dog walks out the door, give their most reliable attention cue. Either say their name, do a positive interrupter, cue a hand target or even just reach out and show them a treat and then reward that behavior."

Like always, it's important to use positive reinforcement for dogs to teach them this. This is when we reward them for good behavior (with treats, attention, or the best dog toys), instead of punishing them for unwanted behavior.

Let's break it down into some simple steps for you to follow: 

1. Open the door

2. Allow your dog to walk through

3. Cue their attention (by calling their name, doing a positive interrupter, or cueing a hand target)

4. Give your dog a treat

5. Start your walk without pulling

White dog running out of the front door

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This teaches your dog to come back to you when you open the door, instead of going to the end of the leash and pulling.

Like with any dog training, nothing is a quick fix and you need to be consistent for your dog to pick it up. Once they learn that they're going to be rewarded for this behavior, it will become a habit and they'll automatically turn back to you when you open the door.

JW Dog Training says: "Even if you calm them down before heading out, a lot times opening the door is a cue to bolt through it. Changing the door opening to a cue to walk through it and then turn back to you can make a huge difference."

For more training advice, check out these features on how to stop a dog pulling on a leash and how to calm a reactive dog

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Megan Milstead
Staff Writer

Megan is a Staff Writer on PetsRader, covering news, features and buying guides. She has a wealth of experience looking after animals, having grown up with dogs, cats and horses all of her life. She’s particularly interested in pet happiness and behavior, which she loves to research in her spare time. You’ll often find her watching webinars on reactivity in dogs or researching cat body language. She loves going the extra mile for her cats Chilli and Nala (who also help out with testing the best products for our buying guides). 

Megan studied BA Journalism at the University of Westminster, where she specialized in lifestyle journalism and was editor of Smoke Radio’s online magazine. She also graduated from West Herts College with a Level 3 Extended Diploma in Journalism. Before joining the PetsRadar family last year, she worked on the editorial team at Harrods and has spent most of her career writing for specialized titles, like RunningShoesGuru, Licklist and Mr. After Party. 

Megan works alongside qualified vets and accredited trainers to ensure you get the best advice possible. She is passionate about finding accurate and helpful answers to your pet-related questions.