Well, we have a gate we can use to block off the hallway so that they can't escape when we have company over because they can't get into the front entry hall. They never try it when we are going in and out, only when there are visitors.
My coworker has that problem with her beagle and she uses the kennel fencing in front of the door as a gate before the door to keep him in.
The only thing I can think of is working hard on the stay and wait commands. That won't help much right now. Have you tried a baby gate or some other way to create a double door like at dog parks? We used to put Tucker behind the gate before we opened the door. We rarely leave the house through the front door using the garage which is secure also. It sort of creates a double door effect.
Rusty is fine. That happened a while back. We have tried baby gates but he jumps those without a problem. I have been working with him on sit and he looks at me and says I wanna go. He is a stubborn little thing. I guess it is true..hard to teach an old dog new tricks
I know he is only 5 yrs old but he acts like an old dog.
We just started to train Bodie to sit and wait before going out the door. Although, we're only to the point of getting him to sit. Once the door is open he bolts. He gets so excited it's been impossible to get him to stay.
I think what we need to do is incorporate it into the daily training routine as opposed to only working on it when we go out the door. Which many times is because he needs to get busy and he's in no frame of mind to cooperate.
Get something higher than a baby gate while you are working on training him for sit and stays. If you are going to open the front door, put him on a leash first, and practice him sitting and giving him the stay command this way so you know he can't run out.
I would try attaching chicken wire or something else to the top of the baby gate, to make it that bit taller.
You are going to somehow have to block off the front door. First train yourselves to put him on the lead before opening the door. To remind yourselves and any visitors not to just open the door,maybe put a chain catch on it.
Ten and a half years and I still keep a leash by the front door and always, before opening the door, I leash the Bagel. Now he won't run off or run out the door but he will sniff off and if there is another dog he expects to makes friends and play and really, all dogs are not as friendly as the Bagel. The Bagel also thinks horses are just big dogs to be said howdy to, and some horses don't appreciate that, nor do some other critters, although Jehovah's Witnesses seem happy to be welcomed by a four-legged friend even if the bearded barbarian at the other end of the leash has a slightly skeptical opinion of the intelligence of those professing their beliefs.
When Shiloh was a puppy she ran out the door almost every time it was opened. And I'd chase after her, crying and calling, sure I'd lost my dog forever. Sometimes I'd chase after her out the back door, forgetting to close it behind me, catch her and bring her in the front door, only to have her run right through the house and out the back door again!!! I finally resorted to keeping her leash attached 24/7. That way when she ran at least I had something dragging after her that I could grab!!
We've started practicing getting them to stay out of the foyer when the door gets opened. My hubby or I will go outside and ring the doorbell while the other of us stays inside with treats and working on the sit, stay command. Then we practice ringing the doorbell and actually opening the door. Fortunately we have a storm door so it makes it easier. We don't work on it as much as we should but they're starting to get the idea. Good luck!! I know how scary it is when they sneak out.