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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 09-09-2008, 12:52 AM Thread Starter
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How do i teach my GSD to go outside on command

I have a 1.5 year old GSD who to say the least likes to be inside. As a puppy he would go outside on command without a fuss. Now, when I tell him to "go outside" he will throw his ears back, walk to the opposite side of the room, and sit down. When I grab onto his collar he goes limp. When I pull on his collar he will reverse and be very hesitant.

What meathod would you reccommend in this situation to correct my GSD's behavior? I feel that just pulling on his collar everytime and telling him to "go outside" is not doing me any good.

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Re: How do i teach my GSD to go outside on command

Hi Adam,

From your description of his reaction it sounds like you're scaring him and actually giving him a negative association with going outside. You want to start over and make it very positive. Go outside with him and play with him every single time he goes out. Alternately you can give him a treat after he's done his business. Whichever method you use you want to make it really positive and upbeat for him. Every time he goes outside he has fun!

I would pick a new command since that one already has something unpleasant attached to it and then say the command in a happy voice as you are running outside with him. After a little while (using this method of counter conditioning) he should be more excited to go outside.

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Re: How do i teach my GSD to go outside on command

Are you going outside with him? Is there some reason that you can think of that he doesnt like going outside? A previous bad experience ect.

I have to be careful and make my dogs sit before we go outside as they bumrush me to get to the door. They love going outside, but that is where we play ball and have lots of fun. Do you get to do anything fun with him outside?

I would say get some treats and don't use his collar to direct him but make everything very fun and happy to entice him outside and go out with him tell him to go potty and when he does his business mark it (like good potty) or something like that and give him a treat. Maybe play some ball like I said above or do some training with some treats, just so he know going outside can be fun!

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Yeah what Ruth said.


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