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Old 03-02-2007, 07:54 PM   #1
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Basil and I have been having a problem. It only happens at night. When she's out in the yad during the day, and we bring her in to play, shes fine. But when it's time to put her in her kennel at night, she runs.

I don't really know how to put this.....when we open the door at night to grab her and bring her in, she runs out into the yard so we can't get her in.

It's really annoying. She never wants to come in. She makes us chase her and catch her. We have to walk outside and pretend we aren't gonna bring her in, and when she's close enough to us, we grab her.

Sometimes dogs are a little too smart

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Sounds like she's found a way to get y'all to play a great game with her.

I'm not an expert so can't offer much in the way of advice. But I do think she has decided this is a fun game and has been conditioned into enjoying and expecting it in the evening.'

how to uncondition? I'm sure the experts will weigh in.
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Yes!

That's exactly what she does...she ALWAYS wants to play....always, always, always!

And being at home all the time, we play with her all the time during the day.

I don't know what to do?
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OK ... I'm going to tell you what works for me when I can't get Ozzy to come inside when I want ... and I'll probably be razzed for this one & its lack of nutritious value, but ... he comes running EVERY time.

I take a regular spoon & put about 1/3 tsp of this squeezy canned cheese called "Cheez-it" ... just enough for him to get a lick of it. He goes absolutely wild for that stuff. Now, I can just have a spoon in my pocket & he'll do anything ... LOL
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Yes, I tried the Meow Mix, but then again...isn't that a bad habit?
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How big is the kennel? If its a walk in size maybe you can spend 5 min. inside with her and play. She may like this new game. Bring in a new special toy she only gets to play with when shes in the kennel. Good luck.
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Im with the squeezy cheese or whatever she likes (could be a favourite toy even) - teaching your dog to respond happily to a recall is ALWAYS a good habit to get into. Ultimately this ability can allow your dog to run and play happily off lead safely for the rest of its life, and may one day even prevent your dog getting run over or attacked by another dog - a bit of squeezy cheese during early training seems a small price to pay to me!

I wouldn't put your dog to bed immediately after you call her to you. Spend a few minutes quietly rubbing her tummy, playing a gentle game or just hanging out. You could also try putting her to bed with a stuffed kong to give her a quiet but fun activity.

If you dog does fail to respond to a recall, never ever chase her or she will find this to be a rewarding game. If necessary you can take her out last thing at night on a lead or long line until she is better trained.

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Well whatever you do don't chase Basil. if you do, he has succeeded in training you to play with him when he wants to. he doesn't want to come because coming inside means the fun stops for the day.
A trick that I found works (if you feel safe doing it) is just go inside and IGNORE Basil. Duck down so he can't see you behind the door and make squealy noises. Eventually he will come to the door and want to be let in. Now not everyone will agree with this so please take it with three grains of salt. While he is at the door, say "Basil, COME", but don't let him in right away. Let him stew a little bit, maybe two minutes. Then open the door and let him in, say "come" while you do it. I think the reason this worked for me is that I had to be a hard*** a couple of times with Zircon, but it reached the point where he associated "come" with finally being allowed to rejoin his pack so his recall is pretty good.
Like I said, I cooked this up myself, it has no basis in formal training.
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