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Hi there,

Has anyone here been able to teach their Golden (or other breed) that bones are only outside toys? I love being able to give the boys marrow bones, but they are quite disgusting! Does anyone know of a way to teach them that they are to be kept outside and only chewed on outside... or at least on the tile and not the carpet?!?!

I gave the boys two new ones this morning and I have been running them out of the house with them all day... I think they know what I am trying to say but they just don't care! :doh:

Maybe I should just get such big bones that they couldn't possibly fit them through the dog doors :p::p::p: But you would be surprised what they can fit in and out of those doors!!!!
 

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was able to teach our labs. Since Bridger came into our lives, Sadie has fogotten - it's all about possession. If we catch them, inside toys stay in/outside out upon "request", but they won't differentiate on their own. Probably makes it more fun to get away with it.
 

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We've been able to teach the dogs to drop inside toys before going outside and to drop outside toys before going inside, but only because we don't have a dog door and we're there to reinforce it every time. With dog doors, I'm not sure. I'm mostly just bumping your thread. :)
 

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Thanks for the bump. Obviously I could just put the dog door down and they would be stuck outside. But when they realize this they want nothing to do with the bone anymore and just whine to come inside... they know I am here because my car is here. Funny, they are smart enough to make the connection that my car is here and that means I am here.... but not that I don't want the icky bone on the carpet!
 

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I dont know but mine are pretty good about leaving their outside toys outside and inside toys inside. If they try to go outside with them, I take it away and put it up so it will be waiting when they come in, so maybe you could do that when you want them to come inside with it.
 

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We've been able to teach the dogs to drop inside toys before going outside and to drop outside toys before going inside, but only because we don't have a dog door and we're there to reinforce it every time. With dog doors, I'm not sure. I'm mostly just bumping your thread. :)
Same with us. If I catch them coming in with something icky I yell "AACK! Leave it." and they drop it at the door and walk in. Usually on my toes... :doh:Good thing they're so cute!
 
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