Dog Training: Bolting

Today’s topic is from Joy and she says:

Any ideas about an adult dog that likes to bolt out the door…or when he sees a rabbit when my daughter is walking him?

First, start with my post about teaching stay – we will progress from that in this post. We will discuss the bolting out the door first…


After you have taught your dog to sit and what stay means, it is time to work with the door. The first thing you want to do is take your dog to the door and tell him, “Fido, sit.” “Fido, stay.” Nice firm voice (you don’t need to yell, just be firm – like with a child.) Open the door. When your dog goes to bolt – BE READY – and pop the collar telling him “No” in a VERY firm voice. Calmly, but firmly, tell him again to sit and stay. Repeat.

This shouldn’t take too long to accomplish. Once he is CONSISTENT with succeeding at this, you are ready to move on.

The next item to achieve is for YOU to go out the door FIRST while your dog waits. Do the above but when you open the door, take a step out the door. VERY IMPORTANT – use the foot FURTHEST AWAY FROM YOUR DOG to start walking. [Dogs pay VERY CLOSE attention to our body movements so this is a small way you can try to help your dog win.] When your dog trys to bolt, do what you did above for correction. Repeat until you can step out the door. Once you can step out, dog can step out. Then sit. 🙂


Let me know how it goes or if you have any additional questions. There are other ideas for getting your dog to stay when the door is opened so if this does not work (or you need something a little “more harsh” – let me know – I have more!).

Readers may be interested in other training posts I’ve done:

My dog training experience
Calming the Storm (the hyper dog)
Crate Training & Potty Training
Teaching Come
Teaching Stay
Puppy Feeding & Playing
Aggressive Puppy Biting
Resource Guarding
“Popping” the Collar

Have a wonderfully blessed day!

Disclaimer: although there are “general rules” that can often apply / help a dog, sometimes more information is needed or there is a “special situation” that is unknown by the trainer. Therefore this answer may not work for all dogs at all times. With that said, please do not bash me if you have tried what I have suggested and it did not work for you. (You are more than welcome to leave a comment telling me so and asking for additional advice, if you’d like.) My training philosophy is “positive motivational” and starts with the least “harsh” option and works up as necessary. Additionally, all my advice is intended for dogs that live INSIDE the home. Although the training would basically be the same, I’ve found it takes much longer to train a dog that lives outside the house.



One thought on “Dog Training: Bolting

  1. Joy May 24, 2012 at 11:06 pm Reply

    Thank you Dawn! Z and I will work on it tomorrow. He does ok staying when it is cold outside but once it turns warm he is outta here!!


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