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Thread: HELP! my dog is suddelny terrified to go outside and i have no clue why!

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    Post Afraid to go out.

    Quote Originally Posted by arose124 View Post
    my chihuahua jack is 3 years old, i have had him since he was 2 months old. all of a sudden one day when i woke up in the morning before work i went to the back door to let my dogs out like i always do, my other dog is a 6 yr old pekingese named bella. jack would not go outside for some reason, he just sat there staring at me and laid down on the floor infront of me and would not go out, and normally he runs right outside into the backyard which is fenced in, i have to be careful not to let him out my front door or he will run off around the neighborhood for a little joy run. so normally he loves going outside. but all of a sudden he refuses to go outside, i have even picked him up and walked into my backyard and set him out in the yard and gone back inside and closed the door, all he does is run on the porch and sit there untill i let them back in, he even scratches at the door sometimes too which is something he has never done before.

    he is also having some other unusual behavior such as following me around the house everytime i get up and move, something he never did before. and i noticed he kind of hides in closets and curls up in a little ball and lays in the corner of a closet, or he will just curl up and lay in a corner of the couch right next to me. its really weird. i know chihuahuas are usually naturally scared of things and act like scardy cats, he has always been like that, afraid of new people who come over or afraid of loudnoises and things like that that most chihauhaus are scared of. but this sudden refusal and being scared to go outside is completely and totally weird and not him at all cause like i said he loves going outside and running around playing with my other dog, and he normal does everything that she does and follows her around everywhere and is always trying to protect her if they are around unfamiliar people, but once bella goes out the back door to go in the yard, he runs the other way and lays in his bed.

    this is day 6 now of his weird behavior. he wont go outside, so obviously he is pooping and peeing in the house, he is eating and drinking like normal and going to the bathroom like normal(just not outside) everything seems fine physically with him so i cant figure out why he is acting like this and so scared to go outside. i took him out on a leash a few times and all he does is stay real close to me and he wont really stray to far from me even though he is on a 20ft retractable leash he only gets about 2-3 feet away from me. ive also tried luring him outside with treats (he LOVES treats and always ssteals them from my other dog bella) but he still wont come outside, even when i put the treat on the ground and carried him outside he didnt care about the treat and he just ran back into the house. im wondering if i should take him to the vet maybe, but like i said he eats drinks and uses the bathroom(INSIDE! GRR) all like normal so i dont really think i have much of a reason to take him to the vet, or the money to do so when i cant see anything physically wrong with him. i have just been going crazy trying to figure out what to do with him to help him stop being scared of whatever he is scared of but i just cant seem to figure anything out! if any one has dealt with this problem before or has any answers or advice or anything at all for me i would love to hear some of your experiences and/or tips of what to do to get him to stop being scared!. my yard is fenced in so i know that no other dogs got in, and i doubt it could have been another animal that scared him otherwise i would have heard my dogs barking because they both bark like crazy even if they see a bird, so if something had happened outside that scared him i know i would have heard both dogs barking about it.

    please help! thanks!
    I know what you mean I adopted a wonderful dog who is golden/beagle mix.i have had her for six months, and never had any problems with walking her. All of a sudden she doesn't want to go out when we get out side she pulls me back in and she is strong ,she starts shaking all over, she has been to vet so nothing is wrong if anyone has a clue I would appreciate it.

  2. #17

    my 90 lb rescue Shepherd mix is terrified to go outside

    I read some other posts on this site about this issue. Here's what my problem is: I rescued this dog when he was 4 months old (he will be 6 years in Dec).I brought him home to an 8 year old Chocolate Lab that was sweetest baby girl (had no issues with her). First 2 months I had him he was a happy boy, inside and outside for. At 6 months old it was like someone flipped a switch, he flat out refused to go outside (backyard, which is fenced in or front yard). I had to drag him out the door many times just to get him to do his business and half the time he would just sit down (if on leash) or run to the back door and jump up on the door and the house (I have scratches on my door and my siding). At the time I had a friend come to the house every day to let my dogs out and she never told me that anything odd happened to him. I went to take him out on Saturday (I worked Monday - Friday outside the house) and he would NOT go outside. I tried treats, he won't take them outside, I tried training him at the front door and he got up and turned his back on me and laid down. He also became increasingly aggressive toward everyone but me, particularly toward my husband whenever he approached me and the dog was near me (he is always at my side) he would growl at him and it would escalate quickly. He would sleep in the bedroom with me, on the floor, so did my Chocolate Lab and when my husband came into the bedroom to go to sleep the Shepherd would growl, bark and act aggressively toward him. He even bit my husband's hand when he reached into the room to close the bedroom door. I had a trainer come to the house for 7 sessions of 1 on 1 training and also took him to group training away from my house (which he did great at).
    I began his training on July 9th and continued for 90 days (Hurricane Sandy caused me to stop for awhile). For 1 hour every day I would put him on leash, take him out in front of the house and do his leash training. Walked up and down the sidewalk doing Heal training, bought a box to put him on and did Place training, practiced Sit, Stay, Come, Wait, Place every day for 90 days. He is trained to all commands and listens and performs beautifully although he is better in the house than outside BUT he does listen and behave outside. He is terrified of noises, especially children yelling and playing. I bought a shock collar from the trainer and have used it on him during his training. He gets into such a hyper state of Anxiety that the collar doesn't phase him at times and he drags me down the sidewalk. I had a stress fracture of the knee from him pulling on me and I still trained him every day. My husband has little to do with the dogs training and the dog acts entirely different with him when I am out of the house he doesn't interact with him at all. This has been going on for 5 1/2 years and everyday I struggle to get this dog outside to do his business. I've consulted other trainers and they all say I've done the training with him I have to keep doing it. Any suggestions would be welcomed although I have tried everything except moving to another house. He is not as fearful at other people's homes although he has become more aggressive toward others when at their homes. There are only 3 people that can come into my house that he doesn't get away with this behavior. I LOVE this dog and putting him down or rehoming is NOT an option!
    People have actually suggested both.

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