Post # 1
I moved into a new house 3 days ago. The big selling point was that it had a fairly large fenced in backyard. I have a toy poodle, so I thought it would be convenient to just let him out in the yard in the morning instead of waking up earlier to take him for a walk. Now here comes the problem… he won’t go in the yard without me! If I let him out and don’t go with him, he’ll sit and bark at the door. I’ve tried “tough love” a few times, but he just sits and cries at the door. I’ve tried just standing on the back deck, but he’ll just sit next to me, so I have to walk around the yard with him. I thought after a few times he’d get the hang of it. I just don’t know the best way to fix the situation. I’m afraid that he’s just going to get accustomed to my walking him in the yard, so he’ll never learn to go out there by himself. I adopted him when he was over a year old, so maybe he had a bad experience being left outside by himself? I don’t know, but I went with the more expensive house with the backyard because of Melvin, so I hope he learns! Any advice??
Post # 3
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 # 4
@huckleberry- That’s a really good idea!
Post # 5
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
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
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.
Post # 8
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!