How many times do you have to open the door…

27 01 2014

… to let three dogs out into the garden and then let them back in?

Obviously the minimum number of times is one – open the door and leave it open until all dogs are back in the house. Unfortunately that is not a good option at this time of year – I fret about the waste of heating money and don’t appreciate the cold draft.

In an ideal world I would open the door and three dogs would go out in an orderly fashion allowing me to shut the door after them. Then I would open it again, three dogs would file in and I could close the door.

As I’m sure you’ve noticed this is not an ideal world so I spend a lot of time opening and closing the back door.

The other night was one of the longer stints of door duty: dog C went out; dog C came in; dog B went out; dog C went out; dog B came in; dog C was going to come in but then changed her mind and ran off when I opened the door; dog C then came in and dog B went back out; dog C went back out in case she was missing anything; dog B came back in; dog C came back in; dog A, who had been watching all the comings and goings from the comfort of his bed, decided that he really ought to go and check that the garden was secure; dog C then had to go out and see what dog A was doing; dog B had to go out because the other two were out there; dog A came back in; dog B came back in; dog C nearly came back in but changed her mind; dog C came back in; dog B stood by the door and looked hopeful. I left the kitchen for the first time in half-an-hour without opening the door.

Ten minutes later I had to let dog C out again; dog B then had to go out and see if dog C had found any food; dog A thought about it but couldn’t be bothered to get out of his bed…

Why not just make them stay in when I know they’ve just been out? Dog C is young has some digestive problems which have trained us to let her out when she barks or suffer the consequences. Dog B is on a diet and is rather high strung – he also has a habit of being sick on a fairly regular basis; he is also frightened that he might miss something that is on the other side of the door at any given time. Dog A is older and has full control of both ends of his digestive system, so does not go out as often as the other two.

Cross posted from Dreamwidth and LJ