When our pomeranian is making too much ruckus barking at our neighbor’s dogs, we get her inside and close off the dog door. However, sometimes we fail to notice that our yorkie is still outside. When he is ready to come inside, he is always in a hurry (seems like 40 mph) and he hits the solid door so hard that he is too scared to come in when we let him know that WE know he was trying to come inside and that it is now safe. He just stays in the yard and won’t even come to us easily. This has happened twice…once in winter when it was too cold to leave him outside and just today.
Does anyone have any suggestions as to how to make the dog aware that the solid door is in place before he hits it? Pepper is like a small child who is always running full bore - in or out. Guess we probably just need to train ourselves better to be aware of whether he is inside when we close off the flap.