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Decided to go for the doggie door

I was going back and forth about this a couple of months ago, but finally came to the conclusion that I no longer wish to be a 'doorman' to this sweet little dog. Baxter is who he is, and the dog just loves to be outside. Now that the weather is so nice, that bell rings 24-7. He just likes to go out, check things out, run around, sniff for bunnies, chase a few if he's lucky, and come back in.
So this weekend, thanks to the doggie door thread of a few months back, we installed one of the french door custom doors. Dh built 2 ramps (one going in and one going out) and I love it! Thank you so much for the suggestion about the french door one---I would have never thought to research that kind had I not known it existed!

It took about 15 minutes of coaching and treating him through.... and he is now using the door on his own (minus the flap.) I kept the bells up, and am thinking that if he rings them, instead of opening the door I will go to the other side and call him through the doggie door.... just till he gets the whole idea. Next week I plan on putting the flap back on and seeing how he does with that. Any suggestions on if that's too long to wait? Should I get him used to using the flap right from the start? I think that may throw him off a bit....

Thanks again for all of the wonderful ideas and advice---I love this board!

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Joanne- I think it depends on the dog. With the girls we moved to a house with a dog door installed and one of them took a little more coaching but the other was in and out of it after 10 mins of showing her. I went to one side and DH was on one side with treats. Then it became like one of those revolving doors. The other one (I think it was Dora but can't remember) would go out but then was scared to come back in so that took a while of pushing her through and then it clicked.

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good luck

We installed a doggie door for our mini-schnauzer but the only way she will go thru is when we have the flap taped up high so it doesn't hit her, its been months so I'm about to give up hope on her ever catching on...
But the first day we got our hav (Chloe) at 11 weeks old, we showed her once how to go thru and she has bounced thru without any hesitation ever since.
I hate to brag on just one of my dogs but my hav is much smarter. I bet yours catches on quick, the instructions with my doggie door said to tape up the flap and then lower it a little. When you do install the flap I think it is a good idea to use treats and your dh to help and get him to go back and forth between you to get used to the flap on their back, I think that is my schnauzers trouble she hates anything touching her, it is kind of funny to watch my hav grab a toy and run for the door and the schnauzer just looking in cause she can't go thru the doggie door.
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Joanne-Could you take photos of the door? I'd love to see it!

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please make sure no other dogs or animals can get in your yard while Baxter is out there. Or, that no human types can come and take him.
I do not mean to be a downer, I am just always concerned about the safety of these little hav's.
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Oh Baxter must love that, now he can wander in and out.

Yes I would love to see a photo of the door as well. Our current house won't allow for it, but my dream house will because we will have a huge fenced in back yard....*wonder when that will be*

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So happy it works welled for you, Joanne! Lucy took awhile to want to go through with the flap down. I took out all the magnets so it just "flapped" there, got her very favorite treat (cheese) and laid on the ground with cheese in hand, right up against the flap day after day, until one day, after watching Rico plow through she got the nerve to touch her head against the flap and pushed in. She now actually sits in the door with her head out watching the world go by. She goes out and gets stones, twigs, whatever she finds attractive and brings it in for me to clean up! But at least now we can go out for more the a few hours and not worry about whether they have to go or not. She lets herself out!


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please make sure no other dogs or animals can get in your yard while Baxter is out there. Or, that no human types can come and take him.
I do not mean to be a downer, I am just always concerned about the safety of these little hav's.
I should have explained that we only use it when we are home. Baxter still stays in the laundry room (with a pee pad if he needs it) when we are out. When we're home, because the kids are always in and out, and he wants to be outside so much we have resorted to just leaving the french door open a bit during the day. So he is supervised while he's in the back yard. Having the doggie door though has allowed me to close my door for once! Rory, I know what you mean about bringing in sticks etc. The novelty of that has started to wear off a bit, but last month I felt like that was all I was doing was picking up stray pieces of mulch off my carpet. I really do hope he catches onto the flap (good idea about removing the magnets---I will try that!) because dh will never let me hear the end of it if it is a wasted $200!

I don't think I will ever use it during the day when we are away, but I would love if Baxter would use it in the morning when he has to go out. He sleeps in our room in a dog bed, and one night, we didn't have the door closed all the way. He slept extra late that morning (8:00!) and I couldn't believe that he had held it that long. So I go downstairs with him, and there by the door is a puddle of pee. In the laundry room he had pooped on the floor, and then also on his pee-pad. You could just see the thought process..... He went downstairs, probably rang that bell over and over and when we didn't hear him went potty on the floor. Then probably panicked (Uh, oh, mom will be mad!) and went to find the 'right' place to go inside.... and went to find his pee pad (which he only uses once in a blue moon during the day when we are out---so quite honestly I'm surprised he even thought to go there!)

I will post pictures tonight! Dh is still looking for a pretty neutral carpet for the ramp on the inside (by our kitchen), so we just covered it with a towel for now.

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We have plugged every gap in the 6 foot fence we have in that back yard. I found a skunk out there in the middle of the night when I was out on a "pee run" with Rico late one night. Naturally Rico had to chase it, corner it and bark. That was the last time! The next morning we bought chicken wire fencing and dug into the ground under the fence, all around the yard and between the 1" gaps where the fences join together. I haven't found a living thing out there for 2 years now!

My big concern was the pool. Last summer Lucy fell in while running around the decking chasing Rico. I was standing there ready to scoop her out but.....what if I wasn't??? So I had to teach her where the stairs where to get herself out. We have placed a shiny hand rail there by the stairs so they can be easily seen. She hates it! But knows where to go if she finds herself in it again. I read that many dogs drown while trying to find the way out of a pool. Once they hit the water, they can't see anything. A terrifying thought!


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I taught all my dogs from day one with the flap. I didnt tape it up or anything. None of them have had any problems and all of them were using it within a couple hours. What I would do is hold up the flap, and hubby would be outside with the encouraging snack/treat. As soon as they started going thru the door, I would gently lay the flap on their back. I did this a few times, then I would start laying it on the top of their heads as they first went thru. Before I knew it, they were going thru with no problems!!


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