Here’s a close door dog training trick. This tip was taken from the Dog Training Planner.
Outcome: Close Door Dog Training Trick
Step 1: Targeting
Get a Post-It note and show it to your dog. Every time he touches or looks at it, click your clicker & give a food treat. If your dog doesn’t show any interest in the Post-It note straight away, rub some food on it.
Step 2: Adding The Cue
Don’t use the cue until the dog offers the behaviour on their own consistently. Use the word, “Door” while moving the Post-It note towards a door and also away from the door. When your dog follows the Post-It note click & give a food treat.
Step 3: Move Post-It Closer To Door
Move Post-It gradually closer to the door. When your dog follows the Post-It note click and give a food treat. Throw the treats away from you to create distance between the door and the reward.
Step 4: Stick Post-It On Door
Put the Post-It on the door and direct him by pointing at while saying: “Door“. When your dog follows the Post-It note click & give a food treat. Repeat over and over.
Step 5: Open The Door
Open the door a little bit & click for even the smallest movements.
Step 6: Reward For Closing Door
Now only reward when your dog closes the door.
Step 7: Remove Post-It
After doing step 6 many times, remove the Post-It and continue commanding your dog to close the door.