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Dog constantly wanting to go in-and-out

December 20th, 2008, 08:49 PM
Eil is constantly scratching at our door to go outside. Outsides means the deck of our high rise and it is not to go potty...he is litter trained. In the summer it was not a problem, I would just leave the door open and he would lay out there. The winter is a different story. He will scratch, I will let him out, and often he won't even go out or he will be out there for a few seconds. I will return to whatever it is I was doing and he will be back at it. This is driving us crazy! Any suggestions?!

December 20th, 2008, 09:48 PM
If you were to go out with him, would he stay outside with you?

Sounds like my guys when they get bored going out by themselves and want mom to join and play with them.

Do you take him for walks throughout the day?

Gail P
December 20th, 2008, 11:08 PM
I feel your pain! At my house, Storm jumps on the back door because he wants to go out. When I let him out, any number of the rest of my dogs go too. If they come right back in so does he, but if any of them stay with him he stays out because he likes to watch the horses from the backyard. But, if Thunder goes out at the same time usually after a couple of minutes he scratches at the door to come back in and see what's going on inside (except after dark when he likes to bark at the neighbour's dogs, or the horses moving in the bush or the other neighbour's dogs, etc.). When Thunder scratches and I let him in, Storm comes too. Not 2 minutes later he's back jumping on the door to go out :wall: And when he does guess what? Thunder goes too, and then scratches to come in, bringing Storm with him of course who then jumps to go out...:crazy:

December 21st, 2008, 11:34 AM
Hi Lucky Penny,
Thanks for the reply. Yes, he goes on walks....he is also in doggie daycare all day. I have gone out there with him and he will go back in (I will stay out there) and then he will turn around and want to come back out.

December 21st, 2008, 12:03 PM
If you know for sure he doesn't have to pee or poop, then it means he has you well trained. :D Teach him a settle command or a down-stay, and use it when he starts getting 'demanding'...or give him a toy to occupy himself with. Eventually he'll get out of the habit.

Our dogs do the revolving door routine, too...I'll indulge them for a while in the mornings, but in the afternoons I just tell them to settle. When they realize I'm not going to cater to their every whim (just some of their whims :laughing:), they generally do settle down and nap.

December 21st, 2008, 06:09 PM
I'm wondering if your dog finds it too hot or perhaps too dry and stale (remember that heat sinks) in your condo/apartment.

I know that after a day of work, I am relieved to get outside, to breath real air ~ and on the odd occasion I may be seen making a snow angel in a public place :eek:.

Seriously though, maybe it's the confined air?

December 22nd, 2008, 12:27 PM
My last girl developed this habit because the OH treated her when she came in, even when coming in was her idea. She soon learned how to manipulate him. She only did it when he was home; she knew it didn't work with me. Could it be the same thing at your house?

I only treat when it's my idea for them to come in and I've called them.