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velcro dog inside and outside?

I was wondering what other Hav's are like outside. Inside tugger is the ultimate velcro dog. He follows me everywhere and sleeps at my feet. BUT outside he is like a different dog. He doesn't exactly run away but he has no trouble wandering far away, into other backyards etc. He seems to pick up a sent and run with it. When I call him he will look back at me but keeps going away. (Yes, we definitely have to work on this!). He will come back if I run the other way or give him so time but I wish he would just stay close like he does in the house. I can't understand how he can be so attached to me inside but not out. I see other small dogs like our neighbors ****zu that doesn't have any interest in even leaving their front property. Are Havanese as a breed wanderers or just mine?

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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 06-23-2009, 07:05 PM
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Both of mine do that too Deb, makes me wonder as well. Why are they so clingy inside where they're more confined and safe but seem to be fearless outside where they could get hurt. Maybe they're so tempted by new sounds and smells?

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I always blamed it on Rico's ADD. He was like Velcro inside with me, but outside or in a new environment he would run after everyone and all around the neighborhood. I had to force myself to NOT run after him. That would only make him think we were playing a game of chase. So I would call him clap, say here's "treats" and run the other way, straight into the house. It would work most of the time. But one day he ran down the hill, toward the barking boxers next door and got catch up in our raspberry bushes. That kind of turned him off from wanting to run around. Thank goodness he didn't get to those boxer. They were not good dogs!


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Deb, we have different personalities outside versus inside. Inside they know "leave it", "drop it", "stay", "trade". Outside all bets are off. Distractions maybe ??? One thing my dogs do know is "come" inside or outside. I have had 2 occasions already where I am so thankful that command is obeyed. One was when DH left the gate open and another when my granddaughter opened the door before their leashes were on. If there was another dog in the scenario...I am so confident.

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Sorry, I meant to say NOT so confident if another dog were involved.

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Deb, we have different personalities outside versus inside. Inside they know "leave it", "drop it", "stay", "trade". Outside all bets are off. Distractions maybe ??? One thing my dogs do know is "come" inside or outside. I have had 2 occasions already where I am so thankful that command is obeyed. One was when DH left the gate open and another when my granddaughter opened the door before their leashes were on. If there was another dog in the scenario...I am so confident.
I can relate on many Sharlene! I have found when I take Dexter outside, that if I have some treats in my hand, then into my pocket and Dexter has seen the treats...that Dexter will stay close by listening/watching me.

But, I ignore Dexter when he is begging and soon Dexter is off exploring, when he gets a little far away, I call him and I treat. It works! Keep walking and exploring and treating once in awhile. Training is great when Dexter knows I have treats!

Velco = Dexter. Dexter will not let me alone inside! I am playing with him or disciplining...he seems to always bug me when I am in my favorite chair. If I am working around the house....he follows everywhere!!!!



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Bella is pretty velcro outside. She will wander off to explore but keeps an eye on me. Zoey is much more independant outside. If she finds a smell forget. What does work for her is when I tell her okay goodbye then and I head for the house. She will come running before I get the door closed. LOL She so reminds me of my son when he was little. haha

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Evye is the same way. When I tell her "okay, goodbye" and go in the house, I have a little dog clawing frantically at the back door to come. Bentley is like my human son, "okay, see ya later. Now can I please eat the plants"

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Pepper is somewhat clingy indoors, but outside he likes to do his own thing. Even indoors he isn't as Velcro as the goldens. I've tried the 'okay, goodbye' tactic and it doesn't phase him one bit. He's perfectly content to keep exploring until he's good and ready to come in.

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All of my dogs are way more independent outside as well. Everything is new and exciting even if they were just out there

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