Q&A: My dog won’t use the doggy door when I’m home
When I first read your question, I thought maybe something scary happened to your boy that he has associated with the dog door, but since he is using it when you’re not home, that’s probably not the case. I would encourage him to go through the door by putting his food bowl outside just outside the door. When he goes outside to eat, don’t follow him. When you go outside any other time, I would not let him follow you out the door, but go out by yourself and then while outside, encourage him to come out the dog door. I think just breaking the habit of you letting him out the door will help. Good luck.
Author: Terry Meeks
Terry Meeks is a dog trainer, APDT Member an CGC Evaluator, and Yellow Dog Project area representative in Pinellas County, Florida. Find Four on the Floor Dog Training at FourontheFloor-Dogtraining.com and on Facebook. She is owned by two dogs: Shenanigans, a Great Pyrenees/Irish Wolfhound mix, and Smooch, an Anatolian Shepherd.