I had a friend who was a police K9 handler. True to the stereotype, that cop loved doughnuts. He started many midnight shifts with a cup of coffee, a jelly doughnut, and his trusty K9 partner at his side.
He jokingly once told me, “Never mind saving my life, one of the most important skills for my dog to have is to go through the doorway to the stairwell in a calm, controlled fashion. If he makes me spill my coffee, he’s in trouble!”
An increasing number of instructors are teaching owners how to teach their dogs to go through doorways (with the owners).
Some trainers have the dog go through first and the owner follows. Others believe if a dog charges through the door ahead of the owner, there’s a dominance problem and dogs should always wait for the owners to go through, then follow.
What is your position on this? Do you have your dog go through the door before you, or wait until you are through?