Dog ONLY uses doggy door while I’m home. How do I get her to use it while I’m away?

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Old 08-27-2018, 04:03 PM
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Dog ONLY uses doggy door while I’m home. How do I get her to use it while I’m away?

I installed a doggy door for my 5 year old yellow lab (with some German Shepherd in her as well) so she could let herself out to use the bathroom while I’m at work. She goes in and out freely while I’m home, so it’s no question of training her how to use it. But when I’m gone for 8+ hours, she won’t use it at all! It’s like she shuts down if I’m not home. I hate thinking about her holding it in all day. Any suggestions??
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A healthy adult dog can hold it for eight hours. You may not really have a problem.

She may not be motivated to go out frequently when she is alone, but may when her elimination

urge becomes strong enough.
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Is there any reason she might be too scared to go out there without you around?
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