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I have yet another question about Harvey :)

His latest trick is that he has learned to bark to come inside (which is fine) but then when I go to open the door, he runs away. I think he's trying to get me outside to play. He gets plenty of play time with me and plenty of exercise.

My question is how to I stop this? I was thinking that everytime he does it, I should make him come in but then turns into a game of chase and I could ignore him but I don't wan't him bothering my neighbors with the barking.

Any suggestions? Anyone else have similar problems? Thanks!
 

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I would just open the door when he barks, and if he doesn't immediately come inside, then shut the door. Don't give in to him and try to chase/grab him.. he either comes in or he stays out. He'll learn that barking really does mean, "I'm ready to come in" and not just "mom will come out and play with me"

If it's excessive barking though, you may have to try something else because of your neighbors... with mine, they just come up and scratch the door to let me know they want in. It's taking its toll on my door LOL but atleast it's quiet. ;)
 

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Let me know what you figure out because Gus is 2 and a half and still does this! I've gotten to the point where I just leave the door open for him and let him come and go as he pleases.
 

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Good luck :D Sorry I won't be any help as Molson does the same thing. He knows how to open the door to let himself inside (It's a sideways lever handle that he jumps on with his paws and then pushes the door open). So I know that if he really wants to come in, he will let himself in. If he wants to play I ignore him if we have already had sufficient exercise and play for the day.
 

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Chester who is 2 does this as well....I know he wants to play because he leaves his tennis balls at the back door. Depending on the time of day I ignore him...he figures out when we aren't going to give in to play time then he barks again and comes in.
 

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Dodger does that too, but without the barking. He stands at the door and when I open it he runs off. I cant leave him out without watching from the window, so it gets annoying if I need to do some work and he doesn't want to come in. Sometimes I'll leave the door open and run off to hide somewhere. Then he will run into the house to find me and gets lots of praise when he does. But I can't leave the door open for long because we have three indoor cats. Anyways, thats probably not a good solution, but it has saved my sanity a number of times.
 

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yup maddison does the exact same thing!!! LOL!!!! barks then runs when i open the door or she will stand there and look at me i will say r u coming? and reach for her and she will bark and jump back and try to play and then run away....sometimes when i am in a hurry and have let her out before i am leaving to go somewhere i have to get her in with a treat...thats the only way....
 

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Sounds like this is a golden thing! My Kody does the same thing, bark and run. This is the greatest site for all your Golden questions or concerns.
 

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Oh, so they still do this even at 2 years old?

Wonderful. LOL.

I'll admit it. I bribe the heck out of my dogs. When they bark to come in, I grab a treat for both of them. Open the door. If they start to run away (which they usually do) and then look back at me (which they usually do) I pretend to start munching on the treat.

They BOLT back to the door. They don't get the treat until all four paws are inside. :D
 

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I do the treat trick too but I keep my hand closed. Sometimes there is a treat sometimes, not Fergus won't take the chance of missing out so he always comes in to check it out.
 
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