My Dog Hates Closed Doors

Your dog loves you it wants to spend every second with you. There are times however that is impossible.

Many times we have a special place for our dogs. We have a room especially for our dog but as soon as the door closes the panic sets in.

There are explanations, tips, and tricks you can use to help them not feel the panic.


The very first thing is to observe your dog. In the observation see if they are following you constantly around. Do they tend to be okay if you leave the room for a moment and return? Do they go crazy when left alone from you?

Dogs can suffer from separation anxiety. There are many levels of the aliment most can be corrected with training. If the dog has a very bad case of it a professional dog behaviorist will need to take the reigns.


Crate training can alleviate some stress for your dog. The crate will need to be behind a door you will close. The crate training process is done by first letting your dog get accustomed to the crate.

Open the crate doors and let them investigate. Do not shut the door let them go in and out. Use treats for when they enter into the crate.

Throwing some treats inside to let the dog get them. It needs to be a slow process so your dog understands it is not punishment. Once he/she is inside practice closing the door and make sure to give treats.

Open the door after a few seconds and repeat four or five times. Increase the time you are closing the door. There will be a time when you will want to leave the room and come back. You will close the door to the room and over time increase the amount of time you are gone.

Positive environment

Create a positive environment in the room behind the door. Make it a place for a great treat reward. Try putting favorite toys in the room. The more a dog understands that it is a positive place instead of negative they will be calmer.

Spend some time with the dog in the room while the door is not open. Show them the door helps them understand the door is not bad or punishment. It depends on what the reason is for a door that is shut.

The room is a place to stay where you are away or is the room for a time out. That is where it is best to use a different area for time out for bad behavior. It helps the dog understand that getting left alone is no punishment if you are leaving to go to work.

Show your dog the room

Introduce the need for the room slowly. A baby gate can be a great tool. Try putting your fur baby in their special room. When you go to leave put up the baby gate and leave the room. Come back after a minute or two and reward if they have been quiet.

You will start slowly shutting the door. Most baby gates can be placed where you can shut the door. Shut the door halfway and leave and observe the dog’s response.

Make sure to always praise good behavior. You will need to do the steps four or five times. The door will get closer and closer to being shut.

A dog is highly intelligent and quickly understands you will not be gone forever. They will also associate that the door being closed is not bad. If they are good they get a reward and love from you.

Exercise your dog

Give your dog plenty of exercise before putting them in the room. A dog who has pent up energy and a door that is closed can be disastrous.

Take them for a brisk walk or play a game of fetch to get rid of energy. Once the energy is spent they will be more inclined to take a nap while the door is not open.

Install a video camera

Incorporate videoing while you are away and the door is not open. With video, you can have more of a perfect understanding of what is going on. It will help you decide if more training from you needs to be done.

It will also let you know if a professional trainer needs to step in and help. One thing to ensure is to keep the camera and wires up away from your dog. If it is in reach it is fair game to chew on.

Understanding what is causing the behavior is important. The majority of dogs will bark, whine, and may dig at the door.

The behavior can diffuse on its own accord not always but in most cases. A dog much like their human counterpart does not like being alone.

Make sure your dog has plenty of mental stimuli if they are in a room and not a crate. A favorite toy or a Kong toy is great to use in a crate. Always ensure that your dog is safe with what you are giving them to play with.

You do not want to give something that could be a choking hazard.

There is a difference in separation anxiety and a bored dog. It can be natural at first for a dog to cry or bark when left. When a dog has separation anxiety the first thirty minutes can be total panic and destruction.

Setting up a camera to video your dog will help with understanding which it is. A bigger dog can tear up a whole room in a short period of time. A smaller dog can do plenty of damage as well. A dog who takes a nap and once waking up chews or barks is bored.

Understanding, love, patience, and even a trip to a trainer might happen. When you want a happy and healthy dog sometimes getting help is your best option.

1 thought on “My Dog Hates Closed Doors

  1. Kristina Greenwell

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