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    Default Logan Doesn't Want to Go Outside

    Advice/suggestions please!

    When we leave the premises, we have on various occasions turned round to park and 'spy' on Logan, and once she realises we are gone from the property, she does not appear to stress whatsoever. She spends her time on the deck watching cars and ppl go by and usually plays with her toys quite contentedly, from what we have witnessed.

    Different story if we are home however. She will obey every command to come wheerever we are in the house, but if we command her to come to us once we step outside the back door, she does NOT want to go outside. AT ALL.

    I have been putting her outside at regular intervals for short periods when I'm home. She freaks for a while, pacing to and fro, and has even learnt how to open both the security door and back door. i have to actually lock them both to stop her jumping up and turning the latches.

    Seriously guys, she freaks being outside knowing we are in the house. Once we let her in, she is fine and follows us everywhere, plays like her normal self.
    She is so attcahed it's not funny, yet shows not one sign of separation anxiety if she is in the car while I duck into a shop, or at any other time. She is also not showing one iota of protective aggression in any way.

    What can I do to ease her anxiety about being outside when we are in the house?

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    May I ask why you want her to be outside when you are at home? Is it for peace? or for her sake? I know our guys HATE being locked outside when we are at home, so I figure why do they need to be? They have access to outside to go to the loo when they want but other than that they only go out when I take them which is 4 or 5 times a day. My OH locks the little dears outside to mop the familyroom they hate it all lined up at the back door staring in lol. OH LOVES the peace!!
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    Frosty is sort of similar.

    She objects, very loudly to being shut outside when she knows I'm inside. She is quiet if I actually leave either by foot or in the car. She can, sort of, see me go from the side gate. She does shut up after about 30 minutes of yelling. Must be fun for the neighbours.

    She is getting better. Part of it happens because I'm always forgetting something and needing to go back for it.

    I also put her outside out the back when I'm packing the car with lots of stuff, because if I let her be out the front with me, she has to nick off and check to see if any of her neighbourhood friends (people) are around to greet. This usually involves jumping a fence and running across the road. Not good.

    So she gets to stay behind the gate and grumble and I ignore her.

    So suggestion is, to work on it a bit like you work on crate training. Ie short spells initially and no opening the door to a dog that is whinging. I don't mind the "open the door bark" but I wait till she's quiet before I open the door if she's whinging.

    Frosty regards the house and the car like her home/crate/safe place so she's quite happy to be left in either without whinging at all. As long as she can't see me. Again she's getting better. I'm playing or umpiring hockey, I don't care how much she yells at me, I'm not letting her out until I'm done.

    PS - why? Because it's not always nice weather or bug time to leave the back door open for the dog. And sometimes I can't wait for her to come back inside. And sometimes I'm doing something (like vaccuuming) and I don't want her helping.

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    Good point Shar.

    I put her outside as I'd like her to realise there is nothing sinister about being outside every now and again.

    She really hates it though. Even for two minutes Shar!
    She'll rush outside each morning to do her business as wuick as possible, and race back in like lightening to curl up at our feet or follow us around. She's...beautiful.

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    This is what Dora is like. SHe hates being outside while we are in the house, but on a few occasions we have left her outside and drove off for a bit, she doesnt bark or anything. I second SPRV question, though.
    I reckon maybe it's being she knows you guys are inside and in her doggy mind she is going.... why cant I be inside too??? All my friends are inside!!
    While shes outside and you guys are out of the house she's also probly going.... Theyre not there anyways, I might as well stay outside or whatever.
    THis is just a theory though. Im no expert on what goes on in a dogs mind

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    Sounds like she's associating being put out with 'losing' you.
    As in when you are going out ,you put her outside.

    Keep doing what you're doing,just short periods.She will eventually settle and realise that going out does not always mean you are leaving
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    Choppa, yet when they do actually leave she isn't fussed?

    Dogs are weird >.<

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChoppaChop View Post
    Sounds like she's associating being put out with 'losing' you.
    As in when you are going out ,you put her outside.

    Keep doing what you're doing,just short periods.She will eventually settle and realise that going out does not always mean you are leaving
    Well yes, that's the idea of what I've been trying to do, but she seems to be getting worse, not better. That is what's worrying me.
    Last edited by Devil's Advocate; 04-22-2010 at 10:41 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by silvershadowwolf24 View Post
    Choppa, yet when they do actually leave she isn't fussed?

    Dogs are weird >.<
    Yeah that's the thing SSW. She seems quite content with her toys and just lies there chewing and belting them up till we return.

    And when we return in the car, if I'm rbinging groceries in, she will be excited, but will still wait at the back door without any nonsense till it's time. It's when she's been inside with us, and we want to put her outside that she freaks.

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    Kuro and Kirri are the same, though Kirri is much worse and is very vocal with a distressed type of barking that's non stop till she is in again.. Kuro will just keep jumping at the door, but remains quiet.
    Kirri has to be everywhere I am, no matter what I'm doing, she is there. Right now, she is sleeping beside my chair as I type this post. At the moment, we are trying to stop her from jumping on our bed in the middle of the night and sleeping beside us..
    Kuro likes his bed and always sleeps on it at night.. He does not want to be on our bed when the lights are out..

    Also, when we go out, they seem to know that no one is home and that is OK....

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