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Logan won't go potty alone

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Hi All!

Logan is a very smart, 4 month old Shepherd, and he is fully housetrained now. He even knows to go to the door and bump the bell-on-a-rope hanging from the doorknob to let us know he needs to go outside. Yeah! We're very happy about that!

However, he won't go potty if we're not within sight. He doesn't want to be left alone. Our backyard isn't a scary place. We play with him back there with his balls and frisbee and he has a great time. He enjoys lounging around back there when we're back there with him. But, when I take him outside and tell him to go potty, he'll go to his area, but if he sees that I didn't follow him, he'll run back towards the door to find me.

So, I would like to be able to open the backdoor when he needs to go potty and he would just go outside on his own and then come back to the door when he's ready to come in, and let us know. Our backdoor opens right out of the living room area, so we would hear and see him. I'd like to not have to go with him every time he needs to go potty.

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At 4 months old, the world is still a scary place and going potty puts him in a very vulnerable position. As he gets older, he'll be ready to take care of himself. In the meantime, keep working on the confidence building and guiding him into the world.
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