Hey everyone I have a little issue with Zaire that I have never run into with another dog, and hopefuly someone on here has some ideas for me.
So we moved into the new house almost 2 weeks ago. The dogs now have a fenced back yard that they can play in. As such I have stopped taking them out on their leashes to do their buisness, They have all enjoyed having the run of the yard.
Zaire does well when I come home from work, and on the days I have had off. Now on my days off I usually try to sleep in untill about 7am, so when we get up and go outside it is already light out. On work days I am up at 5am, and it is still quite dark out. The last couple of days Zaire has refused to come outside in the mornings. She just sits right at the door inside the house. I tried to pick her up and take her outside and close the door, but she just sits right up against the door. The problem with this is that she will not go out to pee in the mornings now when it is dark, due to this she has been making a mess in the kitchen as soon as I open the door to let the other two in. It's like she has worked so hard to hold it so she doesn't need to go out to the dark yard that she imediatly has to release when she gets into the kitchen where the light is on.
The first day she did this I thought it might be because it was raining and she didn't want to go out. But I have noticed that she is hesitant to go out last thing at night as well. I can tell when she sits at the door and refuses to come out that she is quite nervous.
So sorry for this being long winded, I wanted to give as much detail as possible…... Have any of the rest of you dealt with a B who appears to be afraid of the dark..... I am not sure how to help my little girl to be more comfortable with this, the kitchen is tile so I really could care less about her peeing in there, it just adds to my morning. But it is a whorible habit, and she holds it all day while I am at work, so it's not a random accident... she just has to go so bad in the mornings when she wakes up, and wont go out to do it. I just want her to be brave...she DOES look really quite upset when she is looking out at Charlie and my roomates min-pin out in the yard in the dark..... any thoughts would be appreciated.