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Old 08-16-2008, 09:45 AM   #1
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My collie now... 7months old, i've had him from 7weeks. Hes pretty good and well trained keen on learning ect... But if I stick him outside for any amount of time, after about 5mins... after he's been toilet... he barks, howls, crys, jumps anything he can think of for me to let him in.. He goes out with my malamute pup, who makes the most of being out... diggin and bein puppy-ish.

I'm told that My collie sits by the window if I go out, till I get back.. Any ideas on what I could do to help him with being away from me for longer than 5mins..?
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Well he's done so he wants back in! It seems logical to me. I'm not sure what you can do to make him want to stay outside and be away from you. But you might want to consider going with him and praising him for messing outdoors at least once in a while. Sometimes the potty training can regress if it doesn't get reinforced enough at that age.
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I agree, perhaps he thinks that he's done his stuff and now he can come back and so he thinks outside is for toiletting. Oscar is not so good and being outside on his own. I take some off his toys and them outside. That seems to help. Try leaving him for one minute at a time and very,very slowly build it up. Out of interest, is he like that when you leave the room or at any time? He might just miss you.

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Yeah he's like it when I leave the room... or he wreaks the place. He's a mummys boy mind so i'll try with the toys and spend outside time with him, see how it goes.
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Where do you feed him? If its always inside, try outside. Use a buster cube or treat ball. The kibble comes out slowly as they kick it around the yard. Will take him longer to eat & give him a reason to be outside. Also you can scatter the kibble all over the yard, again will take longer because he will have to search for it. Should make him tired & ready for a nap.
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It sounds like basic separation anxiety if he does it when you leave the room too. You need to do some little separation exercises with him in and outside the house, leaving him alone for little periods of time. Don't fuss when you leave the room, or when you return. It can be just for a minute, then build up to a few minutes. Mix it up - he just needs to learn that its OK when you disappear for a little while, as you will come back.

Collies are very devoted creatures, they attach very strongly to their chosen person, I think Mals are a bit more independent so that's why you've got a difference. It's one of the collie's most lovely qualities, but it can be a nightmare if you don't deal with it.
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Yes exactly Melamaphine, collies and malamutes are very different creatures.

I also like April's suggestion to make outside more appealing and gradually increase his tolerance to being away from you by using a treat ball / buster cube.

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