When dog training, teaching you dog to begin shutting doors requires the “Touch” command.
It’s best to use a clicker or some other device when dog training.
1. Hold out a greeting card or an index card to your dog and say “Touch.” Click, treat, and praise.
2. Move around the room, holding the card in various locations, giving the “Touch” command.
3. Tape the card to a cupboard door and open the door slightly. When you tape the card, position it at your dog’s chin level. Nothing too high, nothing too low.
4. Command “Touch” and reward the slightest effort, even if your dog doesn’t shut the cupboard completely.
As your dog catches on, open the door and command “Shut It” as you point to the cupboard door. Reward only those touches that snap the cupboard tightly closed.