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Untrain my Dog from opening doors and gates

Discussion in 'Training & Behavior' started by 2die4uk, Aug 9, 2010.

  1. 2die4uk

    2die4uk Puppy

    my dog Oscar (the pit) has learnt how to open the doors and how to open gates.

    With gates he sticks his head in the gap and then lifts his head to open the gate the gate isnt on any main road its just the gate to his kennel.

    but the door is the back garden door into the house and my GSD is also in the back yard and im not worried about Oscar (the pit) getting into the house as he is fine and he would go on a walk with a stranger but the GSD will go for anyone he dosnt recognise and if someone is in the kitchen and the pit opens the door the GSD will attack who ever he sees that isnt family as he is a guard dog thru and thru.

    does anyone know how i can untrain Oscar from opening things
  2. hogar

    hogar Good Dog

    Put a lock on the gates.
  3. 2die4uk

    2die4uk Puppy

    i can lock the door from the kitchen to the garden but i cant put a lock on the kennel gate as their isnt a place for me to lock it also i walk in and out of the house all the time and apart from me we have 5 other people in our house hold who are always going back and forth from the garden so locking the garden door everytime someone goes outside or inside isnt really viable
  4. brindlexpitt

    brindlexpitt Derpidoo

    chain your dogs up then. simple solution.
  5. crazymikie

    crazymikie Big Dog

    they make child proof fasteners for cabinets. you should be able to rig one of them up.

    as brindlexpitt said, if you GSD is HA, then he should be chained up or restrained somehow.
  6. My pit is Sasha

    My pit is Sasha Good Dog

    Chaining the GSD is a good idea if he really is a potential biter.

    As for Oscar, it's no different really than teaching them they are not allowed on the couch, or whatever.

    If he opens the door and comes in, someone needs to take him right back outside again. Go back inside and wait on him to try getting back in, then correct him and put him back outside.

    Spend some time working with him so he knows if he wants in he needs to sit at the door, bark, and wait (or whatever behavior you decide you want to him to do so you know he wants in)

    As to the kennel, can if it has a bar that he can push up with his nose, then the bar comes down into something. Can you put a bolt through the frame above the bar when you want it latched? Or drill through the bracket the bar drops into and the bar itself so you can push a bolt through both to keep it down. Maybe get one of those U bolts so you can put it through the hole and it will hang there and not be able to be wiggled out by him bumping the bar up and down.
  7. SouthernThistle

    SouthernThistle Good Dog

    Do you mean he lifts the gate off the hinges, or he lifts open the latch? If you're talking about lifting it off the hinges, rehang the gate so that the top hinge is upside down.

    Are your gate hinges in the shape of "L?" Where the bottom would be parallel to the ground and where the gate hangs is perpendicular, and then you hang the gate DOWN on it? (I attached a sketch of what I'm talking about)

    We had horses that would do the same thing - sling their head through and lift the gate off the hinges. We just rehung the hinges as seen below:


    ---------- Post added at 04:51 PM ---------- Previous post was at 04:50 PM ----------

    You can run a chain around the two posts (is it a chainlink kennel?) and then use a lock on the chain. And yes, locking the garden door each time IS feasible if you want to prevent any issues.
  8. hogar

    hogar Good Dog

    they have latches that lift up for privacy fences use one of these on the door and run a small cable or wire thru a hole so you can operate it from the other side put it near the top and the dog can not reach it. As for the gate put a chain on it with a quick relese snap
  9. MJJean

    MJJean GRCH Dog

    Any dog that has learned to open a gate or door can get into serious trouble someday if they are motivated to escape for any reason. You are in a battle of wits with your Oscar. It is his thing to try to figure out how to open things to get what he wants. It is your job to figure out how to prevent him from doing so. Training him may help, but it might not. You want to be absolutely sure Oscar is not able to get out and that means dog proofing.

    As long as you have a drill and an imagination you can rig something up to prevent the dog from getting out and make it not too hard for humans passing through.

    Preventing your dog from opening doors and gates is imperative. Dogs that get out of their confined areas can be hit by cars, eat poison, menace people or other animals etc etc. This is literally a matter of life and death.

    Any chance you could post pictures of the gates and doors he opens? We could suggest ways to fix the problem if we could see what you are working with.

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