We live in an old house with double doors. The house was built in 1875 and while I doubt the doors are that old they are turn of the century.
When we moved here we didn’t have a dog and had no intention of getting a dog. So the fact that our screen door didn’t securely close at all times wasn’t a big deal.
What was a big deal was how cold our house was! So we hired someone to come in and winterize the door, double pane the transom over the door and lots of other costly measures.
Then we got our dog. Now, this little pooch is not only friendly and attuned to every sound but also is a runner. I never knew until this week that there’s a term for a dog who rushing out the door and into the street. Door Dasher.
Spring came and having a screen door that didn’t close correctly was all of a sudden an issue. We did not want to take away the charming door but we did need to find a new handle and catch system. It took a while, and it’s not perfect unless we are consistently making sure the handle is in the right position, but Coconut’s door dashing days are finally over. We also have to work on the fence, but that’s another story.
Besides doing major construction on your dog, because even a perfect door is still an issue. You’ve heard the phrase give him an inch and he’ll take a mile? Must have been a dog who gave them that idea. When the postman needs a signature or a guest comes over that little crack is just enough and off they can run.
Nothing is worse than a lost dog and a door dasher could not only get lost but get hit by a car.
This is an excellent article about the steps to take to stop your dog from being a door dasher. Not every idea will work with every dog but there are many that will. It doesn’t happen overnight. Some breeds are more prone to this behavior and some of them learned it previously when they were living elsewhere. But it’s a habit that can be trained out of dogs to keep them safe in their new home.
Make sure to scroll down for the helpful videos, too.