Hey, guys! Been awhile since I have logged in here (and for that I do apologize!) but it wasn't until recently that I decided to finally get a problem I have under control. Chance (Male white German Shepherd, maybe one and a half), if I can be really blunt here, has been gritting my nerves. For the past few months, he wants to be outside all the dang time! It's so annoying! I actually Googled the problem but I can't seem to get any help with it! He gets exercise (walks at least four times a week if not more, I attempt to teach him tricks (of late, trying to teach him paw...haha, not working! ;D) but he still wants to be outside all the time. He isn't restless inside the house, by the way. Some of the people who attempted to help others, the person with the problem said their dogs were restless; he's not. He chills most of the time (most of the time). But others, he's begging -- literally -- to go outside. He puts his head in my lap or beside me, and looks up at me with those brown eyes. I admit, he trained us to let him out whenever he wanted but the past few weeks I've been trying to redirect him. He has no excuse to really even be out there that much. He goes out four times a day (sometimes even five) and one of those four times is usually the walks; in the morning when my mum or I get up (always around six), in the afternoon again at three, out again at five after eating (we call it his free time because he's out there for about two-three hours, with us playing with him and such, this is also usually when we do the walks), and then one more time at around eight or nine before everyone is settling down. I think that is a pretty good schedule? So I'm clueless. The even more annoying part is that when he is outside, he barks. Oh, goodness. Even early in the morning. Despite my being woke, I know it has to bother the neighbors though they haven't come to us (mostly because this entire neighborhood is practically family). I wouldn't be surprised if they talked about us because of it. So pretty much imagine this for Chance: you go out four times a week for walks and you are out there for about two-three hours, and then during all the days of the week, you go out usually around four times a day for an hour or two. You are usually mentally stimulated with learning tricks as well, yet you still want to be outside all the time/bark at nothing (I know their hearing and smelling are heightened, but really...we can see him from the window barking at squirrels most of the time in the morning; he'll bark up at the trees and make them scatter, and try to chase him...sigh). Another side note is when he's in the backyard for that hour, he has to be put on this long rope. We have to or he jumps the fence :| And many a time he has jumped if we try to give him freedom. I have already lost too many dogs (Lady, Dakota, Prince, Ruby...) this past year or so, and one of them, Prince (my baby...) was hit by a car due to the road right by my house. I don't want to lose another/take any more risks if necessary. At one point we had to shorten it the rope because he could still jump the fence, even when hooked up. If anyone has a fix for that, I would love you forever! On one YAHOO! answer (I can provide the link if need be), the person suggested an electric collar...eek. I don't want to go down that road :/ I know some just give a funny zing that is harmless (seemingly to us) and don't hurt, but I just don't know...I still don't take to them well. Unless someone here knows a really good one that will do literally no harm. Sorry for the long post but goodness. I need some advice!