Pet doors are great to have so that your dog can go through the pet door independently so they can relieve themselves and then come back indoors without needing you to open the door for them. However, some pets are afraid or unsure of the pet door and require some training before they use it on their own. Here are some tips to help you train your dog to go through the pet door. Follow these steps and soon you will have a dog who can go in and out of the house independently. Don’t Push. Do not force your dog through the pet door. This may scare your dog and cause him to not want to go near the door again. Keep your training sessions short so that your dog sees the door as a pleasant experience. Treats. Training your dog to use a pet door is easiest with two people. Have one person sit inside and the other person sit outside, both with a handful of treats. Take turns calling your dog through the door and reward him with a treat each time he is successful. Make it Easy. The first few times that you convince your dog to walk through the pet door, hold the flap all the way open. Gradually reduce how open you hold the flap until your dog is able to push the flap open himself. If there is a magnet on your pet door flap, tape a piece of cardboard over it for a couple of days until he learns to push the flap open. Choose the Right Size. If you have a large dog, a small pet door won’t do, even if the dog can fit through it, you will want to make he can go in and out with ease. Also, a small dog will have a difficult time pushing a large, heavy pet door flap out of the way to go through. As pet door installers such as Jim’s Glass how to figure out the right size for your pet. Locking Devices. Before installing a locking device, introduce it to your pet by showing them that when the lock is in place, the flap will not open. Teaching them this will hopefully reduce the risk of them running into a locked pet door. Consistency is key when training your dog anything new. Spend a few minutes each day teaching your dog to use the pet door until he is using it on his own each time he needs to go...