There are times when it is desirable for your dog to come inside when called. For example, you are playing outside with your dog, it starts to rain and you want to get your dog into the dry house. Unfortunately, your dog usually won’t care if it is raining so we have decided to publish this article on how to get your dog to come inside when called.
Implementing these methods will help you get your dog to come inside when you call it no matter what it’s is doing.
How To Get Your Dog To Come Inside When Called
The key to getting your dog to come inside when called is good training. Teaching your dog to come when called is important in a number of situations. For example, if you are walking it off the leash and you need to recall your dog for its own safety.
As with most dog training, remember to always move at your dog’s pace. Trying to move too fast can actually end up setting you back in the process. Training is also usually easier if you use a reward based training method with dog treats and plenty of verbal and physical reinforcement.
Starting The Training Process
It is best to start the training process on a day with nice weather. This way your dog won’t actually be getting wet and muddle during the training process.
Initially, you have to choose a signal that you want your dog to assign with coming inside. This can be a simple verbal command such as ‘come inside” or a series of clicks from a dog clicker. Either will work fine for this situation.
Start by letting your dog play in the yard doing its own thing as it pleases and randomly give your signal for your dog to come inside. When you give the signal hold one of your dog’s favorite treats up so that it is visible for your dog. Don’t give your dog the treat until it has fully entered your home. Once inside, close the door and give your dog its treat.
This will be the process you have to reinforce during training. You give your signal, your dog comes to you, you close the door to prevent your doing going back out and then it gets the treat. This process may not work the first time, in all honesty, it probably won’t, but consistency is key.
Advancing Your Training
Moving forward, you can start to give your command but not hold a treat up for your dog to see. If your dog comes inside, close the door and take its treat from your pocket and give it to your dog. If you have completed the first stage of training enough times, your dog should instantly come to you.
This should now allow you to quickly give your signal for your dog to come inside and your dog come straight to you. If you find yourself in a situation where you need your dog to come indoors quickly, your signal should be enough to get your dog to do this.
Refreshing Your Training
As with most things, if it is not used, it is forgotten. Try to remember to practice your signal at least once a month. It will only take a few seconds, but it will keep it fresh in your dog’s mind for when you need it.
If you usually play in your yard with your dog then you can use your signal your dog to get it indoors once playtime is over. This will keep it fresh in your dog’s mind as well as make it part of your dogs routine for when you need it.
My Dog Won’t Come Inside After It’s Walk
In our experience, the majority of the time a dog won’t come inside after it’s walk is because it wants to keep walking. This is a relatively common occurrence, especially in younger dogs who are full of energy and want to go and explore.
If you do have a young dog then it is important to stop the behavior becoming a habit and get your dog used to go indoors at the end of the walk. The signaling method explained earlier in the article may help if you have trained your dog already.
Realistically, if your dog just wants to continue its walk and stay outside then the use of a high-value treat is probably the best way to go. Try to choose something like Jerky that your dog won’t have access to much of the time. Flash a slither of jerky at any dog and they will usually follow you to get it.
My Dog Suddenly Refuses To Come Inside
If your dog suddenly refuses to come inside then there could be a number of triggers. These include fear, the feeling of being exiled from the pack, sickness (that we will cover later in the article), and a distraction it has found outside.
If this behavior persists and due to there being so many different possibilities, it may be a good idea to try and get a local professional dog trainer to pay your dog a visit. They will be able to look at your exact situation and offer the best custom advice possible.
Here are some more generic tips that may help you in the meantime. Has anything changed in the house in the past 24 hours or so that may scare your dog? This includes things like an argument, a visitor staying over who is not normally in the house or a new baby or pet being in the house? If you think that this may be the case then work on introducing your dog to the stranger and showing it that there is no threat. If you think an argument may have caused the change in behavior, try to interact with your dog with whoever had the argument to show things have calmed and are back to normal.
Although rare, sometimes dogs begin to feel like they are no longer a part of the household pack. If this is the problem then involve your dog in as many family activities as possible to try and make it feel welcome and wanted.
My Sick Dog Won’t Come Inside
There are theories that dogs have a deeply rooted instinct to self-quarantine themselves when sick. The idea is that this behavior is for the greater good of the pack as the sick dog has been removed before the problem spreads.
It is our recommendation that you see professional assistance as soon as possible. Your local veterinarian will be able to give your dog a quick examination and offer the best advice possible.