Good luck! It must be crystal clear to your dog that the noise is what brings the treats out and when the noise ends, the treats end too! Use high value treats, perhaps try to step outside first and try to entice him to follow you just barely out the door, the moment he moves in your direction, praise the moment he moves closer to you and toss a treat inside. He has always had a fear of the outside but it was always the front door he wouldn't go near. Most of the time it's not a big deal but occasionally it is incredibly disruptive and/or annoying. i dont know what to do? she usually eliminates next to them instead of on them. Then one day your dog may decide to put on its brakes and will not budge. I will try your suggestions and go slowly with him, it could take him a long time before we are ready for something like a Dog Obedience Class. They may also be dealing with a severe internal health issue. Make it a fun game as outlined in exercise 1. The only thing I can think of is that the neighbors cat comes over t9 our house all the time, and my dog can smell her. Sorry, you have Javascript Disabled! And it could impact the rest of their lives. It's the door that scares her. Due to his neglect, your puppy has become fearful of the outside world and is having issues trusting you, as humans in the past have corrupted that trust. Best wishes! In these situations he's likely to growl, snarl, snap or bite because he's literally scared out of his wits. He doesn't necessarily "need" the walks for bathroom purposes since his foster mom said that he was Pee Pad trained so I am using one right now in the condo unit (we're still working and adjusting to that and there have been some accidents). Forcing them to do so on your terms and time isn’t a good idea and can result in lasting trauma to your dog’s mental state. I don't know what to do. Adrienne Farricelli (author) on April 17, 2017: Candis my heatr goes out to you, it's quite challenging now that your female dog "helper" has gone to another home. Repeat several times for taking a step out and then go back in.. Do this repeatedly until he seems more confident going out. Tips On How To Help a Puppy Scared To Go On Walks Tip #1 – Use a Retractable Leash. Again, the best thing to do if that happens to be the case is to slowly and calmly re-introduce them to going outside to show them it’s a safe place. This happened in a fenced yard in a residential area. It may start as a simple reluctance to go outside accompanied by fearful body language (tail between legs, ears back, head carried low, uncertain gait). The first thing to do is to recognize their fear and try to determine what caused it. Through a process of desensitization, the dog is gradually exposed to the yard and its noises. I can't figure out the trigger because generally nothing ever bothered him and even if it's completely quiet outside he's incredibly fearful. There is a step-by-step guide with an accompanying video in this article: My dog in the past few weeks has become reluctant to go outside a second time in the late afternoon/early evening. Certain behaviors of dogs can sometimes leave us baffled and one of them is refusing to go outside to potty, especially when we cannot identify a possible trigger. Or, they may have something wrong with their paw that makes it hard for them to walk. There are no long walks, no playtime outside, will not spend anytime with me outside, does it get the newspaper, won't do anything! Then comes in and goes in random spots in the house. In other cases, the fear is known, such as when the dog runs back in at the sight of something it fears or as soon as a scary noise is perceived. We sometimes recommend products we love. That said, if there is a car ride and a new park involved, she will hop to it. Adrienne Farricelli (author) on June 23, 2020: Hi Robbie, why not go outside with her? Please help me! I am wondering how much and how quickly I should "push" him on the topic of taking a walk? Adrienne Farricelli (author) on March 09, 2017: Kim, if you have had your dog for all these years and this is a new behavior that started out of the blue, I wonder if it can be attributed to a decline in eyesight/hearing or some cognitive dysfunction. Let us rephrase that into…, Any time a dog is suddenly lethargic, it’s natural for you to worry about their health and wellbeing. I have a pug, he used to go to the park with me but now he wont walk there at all, he is all happy in the back yard but once i try to walk to the park he gets so terrified!!! But I WANT to take him on walks (ideally twice a day, but I would settle for once) since it's healthy for him to be outside. Train the puppy to go outside. Spending time outdoors should be something to look forward to for your dog. i have a 2 1/2 year old labrador/collie mix,my problem with her is that she wont go and stay outside to go to the bathroom unless someone is outside with her,also ill been trying to let her be by herself and she will just sitting by the door and drool.If someone can tell me how can i helper i will appreciate. In some severe cases, dogs may need a calming aid or even medications to take the edge off and to implement behavior modification. What to do? To practice desensitization in the backyard from loud noises, start with small steps. In order for a dog to learn and overcome its fears, he must go out the yard on its own. People's hands stroking him or a sense of unfriendly Dogs he darts between my legs for sacurity?? I could really use some help. Progress them to walking with your dog one step outside, then back in etc. Before a dog hits 14 weeks old, they should be introduced to the outside world. Why is My Dog Afraid of the Vacuum Cleaner and Brooms? He simply can't settle when he is outside. In such a state, the dog's cognitive functions (ability to learn) are impaired and there is no room for learning. my goldendoodle is 8...and just started putting the brakes on to go outside after it gets dark. At home we have a fenced in yard and the dog is fine. Once in the hallway she is generally fine and walks downstairs and outside to pee. Maybe he slipped on the floor one day when i wasn't home. There are many possibilities. Very Big Bang bright flash of light. Thankfully, there are usually other symptoms that go along with health problems. Is he okay with the lead on inside? For the first 3 months we loved going on walks together, sometimes miles a day. These fellows need some "acclimitization period" and it's great that you are recognizing the fact that he needs some time.Yes, forcing into things can make things much worse, so you may find it helpful splitting things in baby steps for now until his body language tells you he is ready for the next challenge. Feed with the food bowl facing the outside but with your dog still inside. If your puppy or rescue dog is afraid to go outside, it could be because they aren’t used to seeing the world through a positive lens. My 6 yo lab suddenly will not go outside. Carrie Peterson from Colorado Springs, CO on June 22, 2015: lol ... my dog is afraid of EVERYTHING. My dog is acting scared for some reason she is scared to go outside and go for a walk and go to the rest room why is that? When I attempt to get her go further she acts like she is being abused, shivers, won't let me touch her or if she does she flinches, not sure if this is due to her past? Catering to their personality and introducing things they already enjoy to the great outdoors can make this easier on both of you. Desensitization is the practice of gradually reintroducing your dog to the yard instead of forcing them to face their fears all at once. Question: I have moved to a new area and my dog is now so fearful of going outside that when I reach for his leash he pees. What do I do? Yes! Question: In the meantime, while the dog is so afraid to go outside, what do we do about to help our agoraphobic dog when he needs to go empty his bladder or bowels? He is very nervous and fearful of many things, including leaving the condo unit (he pulls back when it's time to walk out the door behind me and whimpers and shakes) and going for a walk (he REALLY doesn't like the elevator and pulls back from entering it and shakes the whole time). Did you make a move from a rural area to the big city and now your dog refuses to go to the bathroom outside? My french bull dog puppy is fine in the garden likes nothing better,but when I take her for a walk she appears terrified and will not walk,she stands and shakes and always wanting to turn back for home. This is much like Alzheimer’s Disease in humans. It could be the floors they’re afraid of and not being outside itself. My dog is a yorkie and since yesterday shes been afraid to go outside. Sometimes female dogs that aren't spayed exhibit a false pregnancy and get very attached to their toys, as they are perceived as their pups. Adrienne Farricelli (author) on April 03, 2012: Yes, many dogs are scared of slippery floors, I even made a hub about it, and putting a rug was part of the way to help! Question: My dog is 100% potty trained and will not go on a pee pad (she just tears them up and eats them). I try and encourage her and even her treats have no affect. Start feeding next to the door when the door is closed (if your dog is uncomfortable, feed a few feet away from the door). Right now I've been rewarding him heavily with treats and love when he uses the Pee Pad to help with that training (I am thinking of making an Indoor Pet-Grass tray for him so that he still understand that Grass is a good thing to go to the bathroom on...and not on everyone's rugs! For 5 years there were no issues. :-(. She is food motivated depending on her mood and when she last ate, but she's definitely too scared of even the thought of going out and won't take treats inside if a walk is on the table. Dogs don't do well with changes and that dog may have been what instilled confidence in both of them. Answer: Many dogs are not comfortable with ramps because of their unfamiliarity and inclination. Most dogs don’t like the feeling of rain hitting them. As founder and editor of, I combine my passion for animals with expert advice to bring you articles that will make you a better, happier pet owner. So if yard=fear, we want to shift it to yard=fun! But, if they’ve ever been outside in a thunderstorm, or even in the rain, it could create a negative association with the outdoors. He's pulled out of his leash before as well. This fear may involve different senses. Thank you again! Could this be a factor until we are able to ease that anxiety? Many senior dogs develop eye problems. For example to our rigjt of the gate is a playground which she isnt afraid of but to the left is path/road towards the park we usually go. The dog was small, and old and knew it had little chance fighting a hungry fox. Now he won't go outside at all. I really appreciate you taking some time to post some advice for me. Voted up. There are so many factors that come into play when you move to a new place with your dog. Adrienne Farricelli (author) on February 21, 2017: This article was so helpful. Below are ways to train your dog to love the outdoors. I have a 7 month old gsd i just got she will not go outside when you can get her outside she hides behind bbq with her tail between her legs and shaking. So many sounds, but all sounds she's heard since we brought her home. When learning how to help a puppy walk outside, you have to invest in a quality leash. If she knows it is a car ride she is fine, if I have my moms dog with us, or my friends kids she is good. How could we start making him a happier, more relaxed dog? They've stopped (well for the most part) but I worry that maybe what's put a pause on her. If your dog is anxious on walks or seems hesitant, think about any negative experiences they may have had. Dogs hear at a higher frequency range than humans. What I tend to do in difficult cases as such is to temporary place pee pads nearby the door so that the dog can be trained to use those and then gradually, as the dog builds confidence and goes more and more outside, I start weaning their use off and praising and rewarding with high value treats for going outside. I have a question, though. If your dog is play oriented, scatter lots of toys on the lawn and entice him to come outside with squeaking toys or bouncing balls. As you can see, there are many reasons why your dog might be suddenly afraid to go outside. She is not very good with other dogs, except our Berber. How do we get her to feel safe outside again? For example, your dog may refuse to go outside, no matter how much you encourage them (or try to tug on their leash). As explained by the Animal Humane Society, this is best done through a process called desensitization. Why is My Dog Afraid to Go Outside? (And yes, she's a shelter dog.). It's heartbreaking to watch her. We live in the country. It’s not a good idea to let your dog out during a storm anyway. Your dog's fear of the outside may manifest in many ways. It will also help to reduce your dog’s fear even faster. Senior dogs can go through different changes mentally and physically as they age. If I had this dog, I would try to desensitize and countercondition to the movement of the door. My friend's dog was afraid to go outside. I would not pull her as when dogs are pulled we are forcing them to face their fears in a way that is not very productive, leading to her putting on the breaks more. To "flood" a dog means to force the animal to face its fears in the hope of overcoming them. Do you have a yard? This includes different places, people, and other dogs. So, a sound that might seem comfortable to a person can be deafening and scary to them. Ive been trying to train her with puppy pads because of it but she hardly every uses them. Question: How do I train my dog to use a ramp? So, while it might be nothing more than an annoyance for people, it can be somewhat traumatizing for a dog, especially when they’re dealing with other stimuli, too. Canines adore food, and dinnertime is regularly the highlight of their day. Threshold levels vary from one dog to another. The article is really helpful in understanding why my pup is afraid of going outside. In any case, the message is clear: the dog does not feel safe at all outdoors. What could be causing it? I've resorted to taking him to the dog park everyday but I obviously can't keep that up. In counterconditioning we are changing the dog's emotional response and attitude towards the outdoors, flipping it upside down. Then when it's time for the walk, put it on half hour prior. While desensitization is a powerful behavior modification program on its own, adding counter-conditioning on top of it, will double the effectiveness. Also, if a dog feels pain while walking out one day (like from arthritis or abdominal pain), there may be chances the dog associates going out with the pain felt. LOL. Puppies who don’t get this socialization can have fears of being outdoors or specific aspects of it including people or other dogs. I usually carry her to the yard but since it's a bad practice, what other alternatives are there? Dogs can easily make the connection between a frightful situation and when/where it happened. Any suggestions on what to do would be appreciated. Anything outside the puppy's experience is typically perceived as a potential threat, particularly by submissive or shy pets. Feed closer to the door with door open. Which just so happens to be at 5am. Great advice...if you have a dog that is food motivated and trainable with treats...or likes to play. This can have a lot to do with how different the surroundings are from the previous home. There’s a certain process that needs to go along with retraining your dog to love the outdoors again. My 1 year old female German Shepherd cross barked alt outside. Blurred or impaired vision can cause them to become more anxious, especially outside. Lastly, I live in an apartment, have a small side yard, but it'd a matter of getting past the front of the building and on at least a 10 minute stroll. Not only can the sights and sounds of lightning and thunder frighten your dog and over-stimulate them, but the rain itself can be frightening. He is now on anxiety medication but it doesn't stop his fear it just takes away his personality. Something could have happened to them that you didn’t realize at the time, such as going for a walk when it was raining heavily. We will see desensitization and counterconditioning at play in the steps below. My dog is scared of wind, rain and all the noises outside even though I conditioned him to it as a puppy. Why does my dog sleep with its head on my neck? Go at your dog's pace. She did pee this morning, but then immdiately ran for the house. she wasnt afraid of it before but somehow she is fearful of it now. LOL). If she knows she is going for a ride or going to see her dog friend, she has no fear and willingly goes outside. It happens in all sorts of weather and I don't know what sound if any is disturbing to her. One day, his wife looked out of the window and saw a fox stalking the dog. It has helped many owners! He is not treat, food, or toy motivated either, I've tried coaxing him out that way and his fear overwhelms everything. Thankyou Paula Fitton Lancashire England. Answer: These are certainly difficult cases. Older dogs should also initially be kept nearby so they don't associate the crate with social isolation. It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. I hope you’ll keep reading because in some cases this may not be the best advice for your puppy. Maybe take out the male dog in hopes that this dog will follow? I started walking her on a leash around our property controlling her behaviour. Use praise and high value tasty treats and use them to reward going in and out the elevator. Please help! my 11 year old dog is now refusing to go outside during the daytime, but has no problem going out at night. But just as they learned to associate the scary thing with being outdoors, you can work to desensitize them to it. Can she ever get back to being herself again? I live in the middle of a busy city. For very severe cases though, you may need to work along with your vet and a trainer. On Tuesday, barks to go out - when you open the door - he backs up like he's seen a ghost! It's helpful for training purposes if you can identify a specific fear. If your dog doesn't potty … Hello we have a 1.5 year old German Shepard who since a output was extremely hyper abs loved outdoors and was very protective of our yard and would bark fearlessly at night, would chase after her ball whenever thrown be it morning or night. I’m worried about her what can I do? The treats happen only when stepping out and going in the elevator for now. His whole body shakes and he is desperate to go inside even if I'm outside playing with him. Does your dog often slip on them? The worst is the sound of the rubbish removal truck. However, unlike humans who can rationally talk themselves out of a fear, dogs panic until their brains shut down. I would instead try to find ways that she voluntarily walks by through positive associations. Try simple obedience training, and use positive reinforcement, lots of … This past week my dog Prince wont stay outside, he will whine at the back door to go out but as soon as i let him out he is trying to rip the door down to get back inside he wont potty outside. Great information. So my dog is 3 years old and we rescued her only a few months ago. A dog's ability to take food is often a good indicator of a dog being sub-threshold. Make sure to make being outdoors super rewarding and fun too so she can chain the hallway with the outdoors just like you like kids start acting happy when they catch a glimpse of the entrance to Disney World. If your dog is reluctant to go outside or is simply terrified, it is important that you take the right approach to training. So, the next time they do hear a loud noise, they won’t be so frightened because they know they’re safe outdoors. I would really appreciate any inputs about this matter. While flooding may yield fast results when it works, it is also more traumatic and less effective. Healing Herbalist from The Hamlet of Effingham on April 03, 2012: I have never heard of a dog afraid to go outside. Electric fences can be useful, but they can be traumatic for some dogs. Answer: It sounds like your dog is worried about something in the hallway, but sort of forgets about it if something exciting distracts her such as going on a car ride or having guests or another dog. Hello! Do this frequently, and once your dog is outside, make sure your dog sees a bunch of toys scattered in the yard. I have a 13 year old Belgian Tervuren, I rescued her 10 years ago (she was abused), she has alway loved her walks i would take her at least 2 miles per walk 3 times a day, and short walks just so she can relieve herself, two weeks prior to the 4th of July she is now refusing to even walk half a mile, if she does walk she won't leave my side and very rarely relieves herself! 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