We have had SKylar one week. I have had dogs all my life (80 years old now) and think there is no reason to use crates as once trained the dogs have always obeyed me as to lying down on their bed (which she is starting to understand. I think keeping dogs in crates is cruel and if someone is afraid of my dog I will put her in another room.
Once outside she is fine in the yard, plenty of place to run, she wags her tail, we play with her, she has a place to curl up, no problem.
Just getting her outside when she does not want to go as former "adopter" had her for two weeks and kept her outside all the time. I think she has worries that she can't come back in, but once outside she is fine. I just can't move a 55 pound dog.
She was originally living with a couple, that divorced, since June and one lady did try her, the one who kept her outside but she was returned.
She had her tail between her legs when we saw her at the adoption center outside Petsmart and took a couple of days to adapt to us but her tail is up in the air and she loves it here.
It is just that she is stubborn about getting out sometimes and treats, going outside the door, throwing toys, will not get her out if she does not wish to as there is that old fear, she may not come back.
So any suggestions to get her out?
Yes, of course. When we put her out at first, she would jump against the glass doors and kept looking in. For fear of our glass doors getting scratched or jarred out of place, we closed the curtain. We do it every time now and she jumps a couple of times and then stops. I will not let her in when she does that since she will presume this is the way for her to always get in.
I watch from a window, and when she gives up after three or four tries, she wanders around the yard (big yard, lots of nice green grass that she then rolls in), she chases the squirrels, is not sensitive to loud noises, seems quite content, and lies down in the yard. I call her and then she comes into the house.
This morning, I got her out by putting her food outside and since it was later than usual (8 instead of 7) she went right out. I closed the curtains and she did not even once, jump against the window.
However, late last night when I wanted to take her out for her to do business, she refused to come out at first but then mother nature called and she came outside to me, did her business, I rewarded her with a treat and "good girl", and put her back in. She is completely housebroken.
I am sure that part of it was being outside all the time at the other house, however, in the afternoon she does not have the problem. I do think part of it is plain stubbornness, because she does other things which I am having problems with (like jumping up when excited, etc) and with patience I can solve those but I need to overcome this stubbornness as there is nothing that she fears in the yard itself and I want her outside a couple of hours a day (once in the morning and once in the afternoon so she can be assured that I will let her back in.
I just believe that having had dogs in my life, for 75 years, that I understand the phobia but also see the stubbornness a bit.
I leave her outside for about an hour each time (afternoon and morning) and she never comes back to the door once she leaves it.