My Dog Hates Going Outside 2020 | Understand WHY!

Hi everybody today's video is all about
a common problem that most dog owners will face at some point in time in their
life and it has to do with why their dog hates the backyard and what I want to do
today is cover some of the more common causes of the behavior and more
importantly give you some no nonsense and straight-up solutions to help you
resolve it. I'm Claude from K-9iQ dog obedience
and behavior modification the home of science-based factual information on dog
training.

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difference thanks again. So the video today is all
about the problems that most of us will face at some point in time and that is
having a dog that does not enjoy being in the backyard. Now this is quite normal
because dogs are pack animals and want to be with us and I'm sure all of us
would like to have a dog that when we leave it at home it's just happy lying
in the Sun and just enjoying its own time in space and it's not stressing out
and then when we come home it's actually enjoying our company even more.

The
problem with achieving this is life gets in the way we're professionals we work
we're tradies we do all sorts of stuff and we're away from morning till night
and the dogs have to adjust and then we've got social commitments. How do we
go about helping the dogs in these situations to get more confident
independent and to actually enjoy being left in the backyard. So let's look at
some of the more common reasons why dogs effectively don't like being left in the
backyard. So if you are like most people most dogs would effectively be sleeping
inside the house of people get up in the morning they'll take their dog for a
walk or maybe go to the park throw the ball then they come home they
might give the dog a bit of a a meal or a food treat they're getting ready for
work so the dog sees you getting changed into different clothes putting on
different perfume it's got a certain smell.

Now all of these are predictive
things that tell the dog that you're about to leave and then we put the dog
out and all of a sudden the dog is now left outside from morning til night in
the place that it effectively associate with not much fun activity or a toilet
and effectively what we're doing to the dog is they're saying well apart from
this being a toilets now a waiting room where you're needing to just occupy
yourself and amuse yourself until I come and then to further complicate the issue
we come home from work and a lot of people the first thing they do is bring
the dog inside they might do a bit of fun games or chilling out with the dogs
or throw balls or play tug-of-war and just have a bit of fun inside the house
with the dog because they've missed it and they want to spend some quality time
with the dog and then some of us what we might do is actually start to take the
dog for a walk and those two things are potentially the worst possible things
you can do because you've really accentuated the stark difference between
being left outside on its own you've come home and they walk inside the house
which is now fun and you've taken the dog for a walk.

Now dogs are really
contextual they feel a particular way in a certain environment and what the last
thing that we want the dogs to feel is that the backyard is effectively a
waiting room or a toilet. So if we play this through a little bit and we've
effectively said to the dog that their backyards and a lot of fun and we
brought it in so by association the house is now fun compared to the
backyard and it's warm and it's safe and it's stable and it smells of us and it's
a really cool place and then all of a sudden if we take the dog for a walk
then the street might even be more stimulating and interesting than the
house because the dogs now going for a walk and it's sniffing on everything and
you go to the park and you might be throwing a ball or a frisbee in the park
or it might be playing with the other dogs so by association the street is
amazing the house probably isn't quite as amazing in the street and the
backyard compared to all three is terrible.
Now that's effectively a problem because we're in turn creating a dog that really
wants to escape out of that backyard and come into the house which is why dogs
have got certain separation issues that are pretty pronounced might be
scratching a glass or destroying flyscreens to get inside the house or
you might have the dog that's an escape artist in which case all it's trying to
do is to get out of the backyard to go in the place that's the most amount of
fun which is the street or the local parks.

We need to change this if we if
we're trying to get the dog to enjoy the backyard. So now that we've identified
the causes what are the solutions and effectively the solutions are quite
simple if we think about them in a structured sense if the backyard at the
moment is a place that the dog doesn't enjoy being and it's needing to spend a
lot of its time there we need to make the backyard a highly enjoyable place.

So
what I try and do with the way I approach separation and dependency-based
behaviors the environment that I need my dog to be independent or away from me
need to be the most stimulating for my dog to be in and a really simple thing
to do is to make your backyard effectively Disneyland on steroids and
the first way to start doing that is simply feeding your dog in that backyard.
Now some of us already do that but if you feed your dog inside the house just
move the process to the backyard and spend a bit of time with your dog
while it's eating if we randomize when we're feeding the dog sometimes it's the
morning sometimes at night and we're spending time with it while while it's
eating and it's actually in that backyard when dealing with the fact that
we're around the dog while it's eating so we're targeting the resource guarding
potentially and we're also now spending quality time in the environment that we
actually want the dog to enjoy being in as opposed to hate so feeding your dog
in the backyard is a great starting point.

The next thing that we can do is
to shift where we play games with the dogs to the backyard. Now most of us will
take the dogs to the park when we might throw a ball or frisbee or we let the
dogs run around with other dogs in the park if we take that activity and now
move it into the backyard where the backyard now becomes a source of really
cool fun.

My backyard is really small its about 5 metres by 10 metres and Ive got
a working German Shepherd. Now he would much rather be in that backyard
playing with me than in the street or the park because the backyard is where
we do scent detection in the backyard or throw a tennis ball the backyard is
where I throw a frisbee and even though it's a small space he still gets the
sprint chase and jump and do all the really cool fun stuff. So his
association with that backyard is I get fed there and I get played with there
and it all happens quite regularly but randomly and it happens to be this
amazing place of interaction so simply shifting where we play with the dog is a
really important thing. The other thing that we need to do is to not make the
backyard a place where we do any hard work.
Disneyland is fun it's not meant to be a place of work so I don't do any heavy
duty obedience work with my dog and all in their backyard he goes out there and
he knows the pressure is off it's purely about enjoyment he's on holiday it's the
most amazing place so I say save all my obedience for different environments and
I'll get to that one next but that backyard should be a place where it's
completely fun and devoid of any stress or pressure or any hard work.

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So let's
talk about the house so if the backyard is now fun we need to make the house
itself not as much fun as that back yard. So how do we do that? A really cool way
to do that is to make the house like a classroom for a child. This is the
environment that we start to teach the dog the skills that we want it to use in
the street simple things like getting the dog to be in a sit and dealing with
pressure and movement and activity and building the duration of the sit so
that you could end up having a 20-minute sit with lots of activity or doing a
drop or a down stay where the dog is actually learning to process lots of
different distractions.

These are the environments that we need to get the dog
to do practice it inside the house and learn how to build pressure and stress
and learn how to deal with pressure and stress in the context of being inside
the house so then all of a sudden the dog goes being inside the house is fun
but it's definitely not as much fun as being with you outside.

It will always
want to be in the house because that's where we are but all of a
sudden it will prefer to be outside with you.
So giving the dog some structured work to do in the house is an important
thing. Not playing with your dog in the house is definitely important than
playing with the dog outside like I said is an important thing. The next part of
making the house less interesting for the dog used to have a passive version
of interaction with us and that's we're getting the dog to on its mat or in
its crate and knowing that it has to come inside the house and relax is an
important thing. Those of you that have got children or young kids you've
probably let them run around and kick a football or throw balls or play soccer
in that backyard and as soon as the children come inside the house they know
that there were rules and they have to tone down their behavior the same should
happen for dogs so when dogs come inside.

The house they know that I've got to
relax I've got to calm down a bit there's no excitement
definitely no games so getting the dogs to do prolonged stays on their bed is a
good thing too in conjunction with all the obedience. The third part about this
is trying to downplay the importance of going for a walk or going outside so the
backyard is Disneyland the house is not as much fun as the backyard now we need
to make the street in the park not as much fun as the house and definitely not
as much fun as the backyard. So my advice to people is to use the skills that
you've developed with your dog inside the house apply them on the street so if
you've got a busy environment where there's a lot of traffic and a lot of
activity get your dog to sit get it to watch all the traffic and movement get
your dog to drop get it to watch the people moving up and down the street.

If
you see dogs walking in barking get your dog to sit and watch them. So now we're
using the street or the environment as a way to actually get the dog to
deal with real-life situations or real-life pressure as opposed to doing
all the fun things that you would have normally been doing like throwing a
tennis ball or a frisbee. Those are the things that we are
saving for the backyard so all of a sudden the dogs got three clearly
defined environments that all have a different way that they make them feel
the street is stressful because there's a lot of things that we can't control so
we need our dogs to be on the game.

The house is an environment where we're
shaping the behavior that we want them to apply on the street and that backyard
is the place that there's no pressure it's absolutely fun. If we do that
ass a transition you'll find that the dog will start to enjoy being in
that backyard as opposed to the other two environments and the dog will never
want to leave it. Why would anybody want to leave Disneyland if they enjoy being
there. Simple common sense stuff but a lot of people don't think about it in
those points of view. So in summary the backyard should be the most amazing
place on the planet for the dog if we want the dog to spend most of its time
there when we're not home. It has to be a source of interaction and fun simply by
how it makes a dog feel as opposed to that waiting room feeling. The house then
by virtue should be a place where the dog goes yes I'll spend time with you
and we are a little bit more passive than that backyard so by association
it's not as much fun and the street by virtue of being an environment that we
really can't control what happens next the dog needs to be on its game and
actually be ready to deal with the pressures of life.

So if we follow those
three procedures you'll actually have a dog that's really comfortable being in
that backyard. Thanks again for watching the video through the end folks really
appreciate it there's a lot of information does I'm sure that will
generate a lot of questions or a lot of comments. So if you have any questions
about anything that I said please feel free to leave me a comment and if you've
got a few concerns that you might find any of this troubling definitely I want
to hear from really comment as well.

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