Our new dog, (we've had him 4 weeks now), age 3 Border Collie, Buddy, won't leave the deck when we open the door for him to go out to pee. Unless we go out with him. THEN, and only then, Buddy will leave the deck, nose around the large, fenced in yard, pick a spot to pee and it's all fine. For some reason we cannot understand?-- Buddy will not leave our deck without one of us out there with him...?::msniwonder: We'd like it if he would go on out to the grass to pee without us out there, too. We've tried throwing toys out in the grass, he will either retrieve the toy and return to the deck, igore the toy, or, very occasionally Buddy will go out onto the grass and sit beside the toy, but never move again til we come out....... but Buddy will NOT go wander off to find a spot to pee, justs sits beside the toy in the grass, waiting for us. He's waited as long as 15 minutes, and due to it is freezing here, we cannot do any marathon waitings right now..This dog CAN and will hold it a long time!! We'd rather not throw treats out there, cuz we are teaching Buddy not to eat stuff off the ground. We don't have a clue as how to teach Buddy it is okay to go off the deck without us....If one of us goes out there to lure him, he is STILL thinking, "Okay, NOW i can leave the deck, a person IS out there now.." so we are finding this to be a catch-22...I'm thinking i may have to borrow a friend's dog to show Buddy dogs go out to the grass all by themselves... ANY IDEAS OF HOW WE CAN TEACH/TRAIN BUDDY IT IS A-OK TO GO ONTO THE GRASS WITHOUT US OUTSIDE TOO?