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Anonymous asked in PetsDogs · 9 months ago

Dog won't go outside?

My family has had this dog for the better part of 4 years. She was raised by old folks, and when they passed away we got stuck with her. She was never taught proper dog manners, but she was trained to go outside, and for as long as we ve had her we ve had no problems. Recently, though, she just refuses to go outside. We will tell her, "Go outside!" And she either just stands there, or even goes into her bed like we told her to go lay down, or goes upstairs. She isn t afraid of anything outside, she just simply doesn t want to go. When we do make her go, she actually goes out and pees and poops. So why doesn t she want to go outside??? She has to relieve herself, but simply just is reluctant to go. The grass isn t too long, there aren t any scary animals or sounds, so what is the problem?

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  • Ocimom
    Lv 7
    9 months ago

    Put your dog on a leash and take her out to encourage her to potty.

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  • 9 months ago

    Yes if you are getting frustrated that she's being nervous then it makes her even more nervous than she already was and then she really feels like her decision to not go is validated because now you're yelling at her so she was correct in feeling nervous about it etc etc. so the way to untrain that behavior or reverse that behavior is to pick her up without telling her anything don't give her any thought that you might be taking her to the bathroom for a shower or outside to go potty or whatever just pick her up and walk out and then set her down after shutting the door and then just stand out there or put her all the way down into the yard and stand here and she will realize you're not gonna do anything mean and you being there is a good thing and she'll start to reassociate correctly you plus yard or you Pressparty equals positive not negative and you can either just be quiet about it or positively affirm.

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  • TK
    Lv 7
    9 months ago

    How do you know there's nothing scary outside? Have you walked the entire back yard? Get out there and check everywhere for snakes.

    This dog is being kept like an unwanted stepchild. You're stuck with her. That's not wanting her to be around. So she has no emotional back up, she's on her own in the world in your house. Can you list her with a rescue and try to get her into a home where she'll be appreciated for the kind creature she is?

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  • Maxi
    Lv 7
    9 months ago

    Sounds like someone is getting frustrated and angry telling her and so she has associated going outside as negative which is why she goes to her bed to feel safe and get out of the way......... so change what you do ..........go out with her and just stand silently until she toilets

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  • 9 months ago

    I recommend you go with her. It could well be, if she's elderly, she either has pain from some arthritic problem, or she may be losing hearing or sight. Now might be a good time to get her checked out by your vet. New behaviour shouldn't be ignored.

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  • Anna E
    Lv 7
    9 months ago

    How old is the dog? It is possible that the dog has developed some health issues. I had a old schnauzer that suddenly didn't want to go outside. He ate fine and was ok at his last vet visit. Put him outside one morning, although he didn't want to go. We had a fenced in back yard but about an hour after putting him out, I called and he didn't come. Went outside and he was dead in the back yard. Vet found no evidence of poison, thought he probably had a heart attack.

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  • Anonymous
    9 months ago

    Just because you think there's nothing out there doesn't mean there isn't or wasn't something out there The dog could been bitten by a cricket/spider or some small animal.We had a vicious little mink recently along with a possum skunks raccoons and foxes.Occasionally hawks will go after a small dog as well.Something has scared him.

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  • 9 months ago

    Small dog or big dog? If it's a small dog you can pick up stop shouting at her and PICK HER UP and CARRY her outside. Get her used to going outside. CLEARLY whoever had her last aws probably letting her piss and poo indoors on pads.

    SHE DOESN'T KNOW "GO OUTSIDE" so stop yelling it at her, idiot!

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  • Kelley
    Lv 4
    9 months ago

    Was she trained to use the bathroom indoors on a dog mat or a kitty litter box?

    • Anna
      Lv 5
      9 months agoReport

      Dogs shouldn't go in litter boxes. Cats can as they have the instinct to bury their waste. Dogs don't so would just leave a mess.

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  • Anonymous
    9 months ago

    Maybe it's time to take the dog to the vet. Could be a medical problem.

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