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Obviously this is a big safety issue for your dog. Your dog may enjoy the freedom of running loose, but he could be hit by a car, encounter another animal, or become lost or injured.
The best way to deal with a bad behavior is to prevent it from happening in the first place, as explained in Trainer Greg Raub’s blog about prevention and management. There are several ways you can prevent your dog from running out the front door:
5. If he stays on the mat, reward that.
6. Keep doing this without adding distance to the mat.
7. When you say “bed” to your dog, and they automatically put their body on the bed and look at you, you know you’re making progress.
8. When you add distance, do it slowly and always work from the point that your dog was most successful.
By using prevention and management, you can stop your dog from bolting out of the house. However, setbacks happen sometimes.
If you scold a dog when you catch him, you are actually teaching him not to let you catch him.
You should also have a reliable recall, or “come” so that if your dog does manage to escape, he will return to you when called. AnimalSense’s Recall & Leash Manners class can help you reach that goal with your dog.