(Closed) My dog won’t go in the backyard without me!

posted 8 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
558 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Do you have a friend with a dog?  Maybe they could have a play date and go in the backyard together, or you could even start with the friend’s yard and dog, then move to yours.

Post # 5
5670 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

Try making the yard a really fun place to be. Put some toys out there that you know he will love. It’s just new to him. He has never been in a yard nevermind moving and now he probably feel like you are leaving him in a strange place. For the first week or two every morning you might have to go out into the yard with him. Show him he fun new toys and get his excited as if it’s a great place to be. Then you can slowly leave him in the yard alone and little by little and who knows he may eventually love it.

Post # 6
1093 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: Private home

I second Roxy’s suggestion – make the backyard a playground!  We throw frisbees and toys for our 6 month old corgi, and now she’ll spend a good 30 minutes just sitting in the sun becase she likes to be outside!

Post # 7
553 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

We have a small dog that was the same way when we first got him. It took us a few months of taking him out in the yard, throughout the day, walking with him, and telling him to potty. Even after he got it, he will still relapse occasionally and we have to go back to going out with him and telling him to potty again. 

He does like to go out and play in the yard and just lay on the deck now. It just took some time to get to that point. 

Good luck!

Post # 8
3575 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Not only make it a super fun place, but before you let him out there, I would go around the yard and put a few treats here and there.  Then let him out and take him around, so he knows it’s a fun place with some good surprises!

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