Have you ever been right in the middle of a game and your dog wants to go out to play? Have you been awaken at night by your dog needing to go out and potty? Well, we have been there, and we have a solution for you!  Install a doggy door so your dog has quick access to the backyard when nature calls or when you dog has the urge to frolic in the backyard.  Although training your dog to use the doggie door takes patience their is much reward. Here are a few tips to help get your dog on the road to independence and pull you off the road of sleep deprivation so you can get back to catching some Zzzzz’s.

1. Follow the Leader. The fastest, easiest way to train a dog to go through a doggie door is to bring another dog who already knows how to use a doggie door, and let your dog watch him. You may need to still help a little by lifting the flap, and being outside with a treat, but most dogs will quickly follow another dog’s lead. In the event you don’t have another dog that already is trained to go thru a doggie door, follow the rest of the instructions.

2. Get Familiar with the Unfamiliar. Take the dog to the doggie door and just let him sniff it and investigate. Push the flap and show the dog how it moves and how it sounds when it moves, and let the dog see the outside thru the flap.

3. Bribe with treat & make sure to praise! Give the dog a very tasty, enticing and special treat that he or she can’t resist. And then go outside, leaving your dog inside to investigate the door, and push the flap from outside and call your dog. Show the dog a treat, and give it to him or her only if he or she comes out through the doggie door. Don’t expect your dog to run right through the doggie door on the first try, but most dogs will try it pretty quickly for a yummy treat. Make sure to reward the dog with the tasty treat and lots of praise and petting when going through the doggie door for the first few times.

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