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Thread: How do you teach a puppy to paw the door when it needs to go out?

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    Default How do you teach a puppy to paw the door when it needs to go out?

    As i said in the heading how do i do this? My puppy is going awesome at house training but she hasn't asked to go out at all apart from barking in the mornings from her crate to wake me up.

    I want to teach her to paw the door how do i do this?

    Sorry if it's a newb question.
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    You have to break it down in to steps...

    I really don't want my dog pawing the door - she will mark it.

    I have her sit by the back door, and she barks if I don't notice.

    So first I trained her to sit by the back door. And I rewarded by opening the back door and releasing her from the sit so she can go outside.

    And then I trained her to sit and bark at things she wants. this works best with plates of food cos she's very chatty at dinner time. So if she sits and barks she gets a treat. So we do that at the back door - I open the door, and chuck a treat out the door...

    Repeat every time you want to go out the back door - whether it's for dog toileting or not. So we do the same deal - when I want to hang the washing out or go gardening or put vegie scraps in the compost bin etc.

    Ie dog learns that the place to toilet is outside. And the dog learns to get outside we sit at the back door (and bark if necessary). Dog wants to toilet outside, so dog sits at back door and gives you the "let me out" signal.

    PS food is not involved much anymore, only praise - and she's usually gone before I can pat her...

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    I bell train the new dogs..ring the bell every time we go out...Dogs learn to do it quick and easy. It is just one of those string of little bells from India, not irritating, but I can hear it.........katy barks, but she is a great communicator. She taught herself If you ignore her after a couple of barks, she will go and sit in front to the TV if you are watching, or bump your arm if you are on the computer....As I said great communicator, all self taught
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    My dogs taught themselves to sit and wait at the door if they want to go out. We're lucky though because each room in our house has a door which leads to the verandah which leads to the back yard so it doesn't matter where we are, we can see them sitting at the door. If we're sleeping or not paying attention then Meika will cry and Molly will do little mini-barks to get our attention

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    Lol wow wish she was a great communicator. She rarely makes mistakes inside but it would still be nice to know when she wants to go out. Thank you very much everyone this is really helpful. Maybe i will try the barking option. That seems like it would work. Because she does like to localise to get out of her crate so maybe that will be easier for HER. But not nessecarily. If she doesn't like that i will teach her the bell option.
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    If Frosty really feels she needs my urgent attention and I'm hypnotised by the computer, she puts both paws on my shoulder and barks in my ear.

    Works every time...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyacinth View Post
    If Frosty really feels she needs my urgent attention and I'm hypnotised by the computer, she puts both paws on my shoulder and barks in my ear.

    Works every time...
    Lol as it would. :P
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    Duke is a bit like Katy - Self taught. He will go and sit by the door, and if we don't notice then he will give a bit of a whiney noise "aaarrrrrrooooowwwww".
    Chopz has learnt from Duke, although he goes down and paws the door, which makes a bit more noise. If I don't come right away, he gives a quick bark.
    I'm a light enough sleeper that this is enough for me.

    Unfortunately Chopz hasn't 100% gotten the hang of it, and I think sometimes his bladder takes him by surprise, so we usually have a "wee" accident every couple of weeks. He is improving though, and I think it will get better as he gets older.
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    I have one of those communicators.
    With more drive than i have resistance. If i ignore him, he starts grumbling and moaning, if i still ignore, he'll shove his head under my arm and growl really really loud. works every time, as i find it too cute to ignore.

    And my dogs scratch at back doors. And leave scratch marks doing so, are you sure you want to train this behaviour?

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    I taught Dex to paw at the door. I did it by getting some treats, and getting him to come over to the door and put a treat in my fingers so he could sniff it but not eat it and I put my hand on the door just above his head height so he had to paw at my hand to get the treat and in doing so would paw the door. When he pawed the door, I opened it. I just repeated this until I could just point at the door and he would paw it. Now he's taken it a bit further and when I get home from work, and he's inside, he paws at the door because he wants to come out and greet me, lol. He also has taken it a bit further and in the mornings, he paws at his crate door to wake me up (which is highly annoying since it's always about 30mins before my alarm is set) .. I'm trying to discourage that. But even though I taught him that, he hasn't really connected it with asking to go out, just does it whenever I walk up to the door. Although he has started to connect the dots after a few months and is now walking up to the door sometimes when he needs to go, though if he gets distracted he will do something else, he's not very insistent on asking to go out yet. I'd like to change it to a bell if I could, but I'm not sure if it will just confuse him by changing.

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