Teach Your Beagle Not To Run Out An Open Door Or Gate

teach your Beagle not to run out an open door

teach your Beagle not to run out an open door or gate

Hello, Everyone. Thanks for visiting.Lets take a look at how to teach your Beagle not to run out an open door or gate.

Beagles love running out to open spaces. I know mine are among the worlds best escape artists. These dogs have an inbred ability for squeezing out the front door and charging into danger. 

This may have been amusing when your Beagle was a puppy but now he's older and you're beginning to be concerned about his safety.

Friends of mine who have had to deal with the sadness of losing a dog due to an open door or gate usually say 'You know Richie it was only open for a few seconds.'

You don't want to have to run after your dog every time somebody goes to the front door. It's embarrassing when a visitor shows up, not to mention dangerous.

As a responsible dog owner, you should teach your Beagle not to run out an open door or gate. 

teach your Beagle not to run out an open door or gate

Teach your Beagle not to run out an open door or gate

Why Beagles Try To Run Out The Door

  • Doors are very exciting places for a dog. Who can know what adventures are out there?
  • The dog may have been inside all day and he's bored. He spots you outside the gate and wants to welcome you home. He's looking forward to his walk.
  • Perhaps the dog has seen a stranger or some familiar person outside. He wants to get to them, so he can establish his territory by barking at them.
  • There could be another dog or a cat outside. Beagles love to chase especially after watching them from the front window or the backyard.
  • If there are other dogs barking outside, he will try to get out so he can join the chorus and establish his territory.

Your dog needs to learn when and how to exit your home 

It's up to you teach your beagle not to run out an open door or gate. .

The good news is, that this can be achieved in a couple of weeks with a receptive puppy and within a month or two if he’s older and has developed a running habit.

teach your Beagle not to run out an open door

Getting Everyone On The Same Page

Every time your dog manages to escapes, it becomes all the more likely he will try to do it again sometime in future.

So do all you can to keep your dog from slipping out. Ask everyone living or visiting your home, especially the kids not to turn the doorknob unless they know the dogs not around.

Then to open the door after they are sure the dog suddenly appear and run out the door.

If someone is at home and you are bringing home the groceries, call ahead and ask if they could leash the dog and keep away while you get the packages inside.


Teach Your Beagle Not To Run Out An Open Door Or Gate

Teaching Basic commands

Dogs don't know instinctively what SIT STAY COME and DOWN mean, theý have to be taught.

SIT! STAY! Are important commands for your dog to learn. Practice these every day.

Next, you need to tackle STOP

Raise your hand showing the STOP sign and firmly tell your dog, STOP!"

If your dog complies with your command, give him his favorite snack. 

After learning STOP teach your dog COME command by clapping your hands together.

Repeat this process every day until your dog fully understands your command. 

teach your Beagle not to run out an open door

teach your Beagle not to run out an open door or gate

​​​​Gate or Door Training 

Mutual Trust

The very first step to training a dog is to build a relationship with mutual trust and respect. Without mutual trust, the dog will not comply with your commands.

To properly establish a bond with your Beagle always show your dog kindness, make time for play and treat him as part of the family

 
Be Firm

Being firm lets your dog know that you are the boss. Until you have established yourself as the alpha dog, you will get the dog to cooperate.

Always be consistent with your authority and discipline, but do not hurt your dog. When teaching your dog voice commands, lower your voice, and speak the commands with authority.


Reward System

Reward system is one of the most efficient ways to train a dog.

You can use rewards can be snacks, a toy or just a pat on the head. Gradually decrease rewards until your Beagle follows your commands without expecting to get a reward.

 teach your Beagle not to run out an open door

Method 1- SIT/STAY

Before you walk to the front door, Get your dog to SIT in a position far back from the door Then Tell him STAY! Give your best STOP hand-signal. 

Walk towards the door.

If he starts moving toward you as you reach for the doorknob, Make your hand sign and tell him firmly NO...STAY!

Take him back to the original spot and get him to SIT. Firmly repeat the SIT...STAY using your STOP signal.

Practice this until you can open the door slowly, with your eye on the dog, without him breaking the stay.

METHOD 2 - WAIT

Approach The dog with your dog on his leash. Tell him WAIT and then reach for the doorknob

The minute he moves forward, remove your hand from the doorknob, pause, and then try again. If your dog waits, praise him and give a treat.

When you find you can touch the doorknob and the dog holds his WAIT, try opening the door a couple of inches.

As your dog waits, praise him excitedly and give him a treat. If your dog tries to move forward, shut the door, wait a while, then try again.

Repeat this exercise a few times, opening a little more every time

Whenever your dog holds his WAIT, remember to praise and treat. If he gets up, shut the door, NO TREATS and begin over.

as soon as he waits for a second or two with the door wide open, tell him, "OK, OFF YOU GO! and let him through.

 teach your Beagle not to run out an open door

METHOD 3 - SIT

Every time you are going through a door -- any door – get him to SIT. Then open the door, but keep him in the SIT position. 

If he moves toward the door, shut it and get him to SIT again. Repeat this until he sits patiently beside the open door -- then tell him OKAY, OFF YOU GO! 

Try this with gates, doors, and car doors. Practice every day whenever you have to walk through a gate or a door.

Tip! Your meter reader and delivery people are often accomplices in dog escapes!

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Method 4 - STOP

Open the front gate a crack. If your dog walks or runs to get out, tell him STOP and give your dog a treat. 

Now slowly walk outside gatekeeping eye contact with your dog.

If he tries to follow you, again, enforce the STOP command and give treats when he complies.

 teach your Beagle not to run out an open door

One More Thing

Don't chase /Don't Scold

Never chase your dog when he manages to escape. Your dog thinks it's a game and this will make more likely to try it in the future.

If your dog escapes, don't scold him when you get him back. Your Beagle will associate your reactions to with what they did in the last few seconds. When you scold or punish him, he will be learning not to let you catch him.

Have you ever had teach your beagle not to run out an open door or gate? Please tell us how you did it please use the comment box below this post.

Cheers

Richard S

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