Thanks, Jacks. That's the kind of feedback I was looking for. Have you ever seen training/behavior modification that can take the "run" out of a "runner"? We would be willing to invest in something like that but aren't sure it would work?
- Buy a long-line for your dog. 25-50 feet should be sufficient. 100 is also good. Nothing less than 25. Never use a flexi lead.
- Put the dog on an appropriately fitting buckle collar. Never use a prong or pinch collar for this. Slip (choke) chains are okay for bigger dogs, but you may want to try the buckle first.
- Grab hold of the end very firmly, using leather gloves.
- Have someone else open the door.
- HOLD YOUR GROUND.
Let your dog bolt out of the door. When he reaches the end of the long line, if you held your ground well enough and he built up momentum he will get a correction he has never experienced. Don't be surprised if he yelps. If he lands over backwards, even better.
Look at him with disdain and say, Serves you Right.
Drag his butt back in the house, repeat the process.
Bet by the 3rd time he starts slowing down before he feels the tension in the lead. After he begins anticipating that distance, reel him in by shortening the long-line. Repeated enough times, he will expect the correction within 12 feet of the door.
If you are not strong enough to hold your ground (think of the force of him running) enlist the help of someone else.
I have done this with a 28 lb English cocker. He decided to start pulling this nonsence out the front door. Open door, out he goes, down the street to sniff stuff. The first time he yelped and landed on his hip. The second time he yelped but did not flip (he was slowing down) the third time he chose to not leave the porch.
Other obedience would be to teach the Recall using the long-line. Go outside with your dog allow him to leave your side. Call. If he doesn't turn and come to you, drag him to you. Happily. But, you have control, make him listen. If he does anything, so much as turn his head to you, PRAISE. Get him to respect that when you say "Come" you mean now.
Digital aids would include a remote zapper collar. Hunters use these to teach their gun dogs to stay within distance.
I've been training dogs for the show ring and home obedience for over 15 years. This is my first horse.
Everyone talks about getting their horse to respect them no matter what. But, this is a classic example of a dog that has no respect for a person. I bet if your horse chose to do something so disrespectful, you would nip that in the bud.
I am definitely not criticizing, just musing over this in general. I was the poster asking about my horse lipping me and how cute. If my dog mouthed me he would feel the level of NO I meant.
Hmmmm. There is a psychological reason, just need to define it.