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I have posted this on other forums, and its always been something people have not thought of to do. In the event of a fire, most pets get lost or so scared from the noise, they do not know what to do. I fire drill train my dogs. This is how I do it.
This takes two people obviously. One person to press the smoke alarm, the other to call in a happy voice to a certain door with a reallllllly great treat. ( Mine like hot dogs). Start with only a short blast from the alarm. Lots of praise and pets as well. Do it again- going to the same door.. Again- treats and praise. Then later do it but go to a different door calling the dogs again. At this point- the dogs just think this is some weird game, but when the alarm is pressed again- listen for you to figure out which door is the special treat game. Also I advance this by putting a slip lead on the dogs and walk out the door.
Several things need to be noted here- remember in a real fire your voice would be highly panicked- so you need to make a mental note of that to try to control your voice.
Slip leads should be at every door. I even have slip leads in back bedrooms as you might have to exit out a window as well.
Another thing I teach done independantly at first is " CAR". My dogs when I say that will run to the car. Hide spare keys somewhere safe outside that would be a house key if you have reenter in another door that might be locked, as well as a set of car keys if you had to move the car with them in it. Another thing we do with keys here is that one slip lead at each door has a house key and a car key attached to it.
 

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Well someone else commented on this on another forum. What they did was target one door- if nothing else that is the door a fireman would find the dogs, with the door clearly marked.. At least the fireman do not have to go searching through the house. Leave leads outside the door.
 

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We use mostly the release door is into the fenced yard. However- trained to come which every room I am calling them as I always had a second or third level.
Could add to this to suit your situation. Instead of " car" try " 'kennel" or a place of containment- remember to keep this a happy silly game.. !
 
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