Most dogs like being outside. There are lots of things to smell, look at and on occasion, chase. It’s like a child going to an amusement park. This is why it can be tough to get some dogs to come back into the house when we need them to.
Dogs are very good at figuring out when one thing leads to another. When he is outside enjoying the day and then you appear to call him in, he remembers that. So when you appear he’s already going to start to avoid you. This isn’t because he is being bad or stubborn. This is because he is motivated to stay outside.
We can actually improve the chances of getting him to come in by practicing these two things:
Teaching the Cue
The best way to get a dog to come to you is to teach him that your cue predicts a lot of awesome stuff. Start off by choosing a new cue. This is very important. From there, twice per day, say the word and pay your dog heavily. Pay him with a six figure salary instead of minimum wage. After practicing this for a week, you’re ready to start to use it out in the yard.
Double Reward System
Now it’s time to show your dog that when he is out in the yard and you call, awesome stuff happens. (Not once, but twice!) Call him to you, reward him and then let him go back to what he was doing. The first part of the reward is food. The second part of the reward is going back to what he was doing. Practice this for 5-10 minutes each day. When practicing this, wander around your yard and make your way up to the door. Be unpredictable with where you are going next.
The last part of the process is calling your dog into the house, rewarding him and then sending him back outside. This shows him that even when you call him in, it doesn’t mean that the fun is over. This will increase the chances of him coming in when you need him to heavily. Practice this last step a couple times per week for the rest of your dog’s life. This will set it up for him to continue to come inside when you need him to.
Here is a video to show you how to do it: