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    Calling all owners of dogs who sleep outdoors!

    I'm having trouble getting Pedro to bed at night. The dogs come inside in the evening and go to bed when I do, but Pedro doesn't seem to want to leave the living room and go outside to the kennel (I don't blame him!)

    I've tried bribery which worked up to a point but last night we were back to his old tricks again. If I drag him out of bed by the collar we make it as far as the hallway before he rolls over on his back and lies there with his tail between his legs. If I ignore him, he gets up and slinks back to bed. If I drag him, he turns it into a game and starts mouthing me.

    That's just to get him outside, then it's another 15 metres or so to the back of the yard where the kennel is. Lately he's been doing the last leg in return for a treat, but I'm sure as it gets colder he'll start being difficult again.

    I'm sure there's something obvious I'm missing.....but I'd really like not to have to manhandle my 18kg dog down the hall every night!

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    Is the kennel right by the back door?

    Oops just noted that it isn't.

    I've never found that dogs will use a kennel if it's away from the house.
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    Im not sure about your dogs, but mine has always known that if he doesn't do as he's told (when it's reasonable and he knows what it is), he gets growled at. Leo tends to run inside and up the stairs whenever the door has been open for long enough. He does the whole "I can't hear you!" thing up the stairs, but will definitely go outside when I follow him up and growl "Out!" at him.

    I mean growl as in just an "growly-voiced" command lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mouseandchicken View Post
    I've never found that dogs will use a kennel if it's away from the house.
    My yard is in 2 parts with a gate separating them. The dogs have to be up the back while I'm at work and when they go to bed, or they guard the front gate and p**s off the neighbours (especially bad because we live next to a car park on the main highway and have traffic all hours of the night, plus a conference centre next door so lots of people walking past in the day). Once the dogs are in the yard and shut away, they will use the kennel, it can just be a drama to get them there!

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    Quote Originally Posted by silvershadowwolf24 View Post
    Im not sure about your dogs, but mine has always known that if he doesn't do as he's told (when it's reasonable and he knows what it is), he gets growled at. Leo tends to run inside and up the stairs whenever the door has been open for long enough. He does the whole "I can't hear you!" thing up the stairs, but will definitely go outside when I follow him up and growl "Out!" at him.

    I mean growl as in just an "growly-voiced" command lol.
    Growling has mixed results with Pedro, I think depending on how much he wants to stay inside. Last night I growled at him til my throat was sore but still ended up having to drag him out by his collar

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    Do you fold though? Is it just that he's being naughty because he knows he can get away with it?

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    Ok.

    Mine are put into a dog run of a night with their kennels because they will chase the night wildlife otherwise.

    Our cue word is smacko's and they leap off the lounges and head off for their one sixth of a smacko. Very high food drive here.

    So I'd start to put it on cue, and practice throughout the daytime too. You will need something really yummy, roast chicken for example and treat every three or four metres.

    Or put the dog on a lead and walk down to the kennel area. This would save a lot of "fighting" with the dog. Reward when you get there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by silvershadowwolf24 View Post
    Do you fold though? Is it just that he's being naughty because he knows he can get away with it?
    Nope. It's probably more that my girly growl is not that impressive

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    Quote Originally Posted by mouseandchicken View Post
    Ok.

    Mine are put into a dog run of a night with their kennels because they will chase the night wildlife otherwise.

    Our cue word is smacko's and they leap off the lounges and head off for their one sixth of a smacko. Very high food drive here.

    So I'd start to put it on cue, and practice throughout the daytime too. You will need something really yummy, roast chicken for example and treat every three or four metres.

    Or put the dog on a lead and walk down to the kennel area. This would save a lot of "fighting" with the dog. Reward when you get there.
    Lead sounds like an idea. Did get awesome results with some Kramar chicken and rice balls, he practically ran to the kennel. For the last week I had him coming for little bits of jerky but it seems he's over that now.

    No effort at all to get them in there before I go to work and even when I bring them in of an evening they'll follow me round the house until they get really settled in their beds. Then it's hard to budge them.

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    try only giving him his food out in the kennel.
    This will help you build his food drive and if the kennel is the only place to get his food he should want to go there easier.

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