It is not uncommon for any dog, whatever their breed, to have a problem with going through that hole in the door.
Nobody else goes through that thing so why do they think I will? I am sure that is what your Miniature Schnauzer thinks and you can hardly blame him for having such thoughts!
There is an amount of fear that goes on in any dog’s mind when they are faced with something new. Your puppy has never seen this new object you place in front of him or her. You expect me to love this thing, but I am not going to do that just to please you, are the thoughts of your puppy!
As it is with any dog training, you will need to build trust before you can get your puppy to use this dog door.
For instance, your puppy has only known larger areas such as the rooms in your house. And being outdoors has no restriction, like a small pet door has.
The dog door is strange to your miniature schnauzer and he has no idea of what will happen if he finds himself on the other side of this flap.
House Training and Pet Door Training go Hand in Hand
To train your Miniature Schnauzer to use the dog door of course goes hand in hand with house training, or potty training. Whatever way you refer to this, the essential plan is to get your dog familiar with using the dog door. When he needs to go outside to attend to his toileting, he should be comfortable with going through this door.
Process of Training Your Miniature Schnauzer Puppy to Use the Dog Door
The way to start training your puppy is to have him outside looking in through the dog door. Then you stay inside, kneeling on the other side of the door.
Using your best words of encouragement, try to entice your puppy to come through the flap of the dog door.
Have your puppy’s favorite treats ready to give him, in the hope that he will take action, and move inside through the door that he is so puzzled about.
It may take some time before your puppy will even slightly attempt to use the dog door, but keep encouraging puppy to come through the door to get his favorite treats.
Lifting the flap of the door and letting your puppy see you as best he can should help to entice him.
One of the great videos in Doggy Dan’s program is about training a puppy to use a Dog Door. You could find this very valuable, particularly if you need other training advice for your puppy or older dog, as well as dog door training.
Dan is a professional dog trainer and his program TheOnlineDogTrainer.com is the only dog training program endorsed by the New Zealand Society of Prevention to Cruelty of Animals. Visiting my Review of Doggy Dan’s program provides further information.
When Your Puppy is Confident Using the Dog Door
Just a reminder to be sure that your property is fully secured with fencing,
When puppy becomes independent with his toileting and is able to use the pet door, it is essential that he cannot escape from your property.
As much as your puppy loves you, his nature is to be adventuresome which is something that needs to be controlled.
I wish you and your Miniature Schnauzer many years of fun and adventure together.
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