Our cocker, Brady, is great outside. We put him on a cable run and stand in the mudroom and watch him while he does his business. He comes back to the door, gets his praises and treat and inside we go. Abby, the boxer, on the other hand needs to be within 4 feet of us to do anything! So we have to take her out on the leash each and everytime. Not awful but I would like to see her be a little more independant. I have tried gradually swapping the leash for the cable run and standing out there with her, with the hopes of slowly going into the mudroom over time but if she is not on her regular leash she just stands and looks at me. I am not concerned about her being out on the cable run by herself for a couple minutes while we watch as she has no interest being outside and typically is done within a minute or two and heads straight for the door. Our mudroom has windows on all sides too so we can keep a close eye on them. But I would like to figure out how to get her to do this on her own...it would have been helpful this week when both my hubby and I had the flu and standing out in 10 degree weather was not the happiest moment in our day!