Parker has not been too good with potty lately, going in the house. That is not like him anymore and I couldn't figure out what was going on until I went out last night and sat on the patio with him. He will not go off the patio. He creeps into the grass a little bit but won't go any further. Last week every time you opened the door he took a flying leap and went way out in the yard and did his business and ran around and had a gay old time. Now he hardly leaves the patio. I went out in the yard and tried to coax him out further but he would not budge. Next I put on his leash and half dragged him out there to prove there was nothing to be afraid of. I stood there with him and looked around and petted him and said "see there's nothing to be afraid of". I let him off the leash and he sauntered back to the patio, but did pee before he got there. This morning, same thing, I have to drag him outside. I don't know what he could be afraid of. There are no wild animals out here except for deer. He doesn't seem to have been stung or anything. Does anyone have any ideas on what could have happened to scare him or how to get him out of it? Thanks.
Buddy has been exactly the same way the past week or 10 days, and now Champ is starting to act like that, too! They act like there is something in or under the grass that they are afraid of. Early in spring there was a big patch of loose grass, and when I went to pick it up, there were hundreds of hornets under it. I am wondering if maybe there is a next underground that they can sense, or hear, or smell? Do you have any weird, large patches of dead grass in the yard?
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Next meal, sit on the porch with the bowl of kibble. Feed him a portion of it, then toss one or two kibbles down the steps. If he takes those, great, toss a few more in the same area, then some more a little further out. Let him decide on his own how far he wants to go... no forcing, as that will only make the fear worse.
Do this as often as you can, using his meals and treats and toys, if he likes to play, and he should bounce back out of it.
How old is he, by the way? Dogs go through 'fear periods' as a part of the maturing process... perfectly normal.
Exactly what Nancy said!!
I had a friend with two mini-schnauzers, one of whom suddenly stopped going onto the grass... turns out she had been stung by a bee (stepped on it) while out to potty one day, and that made her fearful of her backyard. My friend did exactly what Nancy suggested, and the pupper is fine now.
I had to do the same thing with sapper he had a huge fear of the stairs so I would sit with a bag of treats put them a step down he wouldnt get them so I would pick him up set him on the first step and feed him a treat. after a couple tries he realized the stairs were nothing to be scared of and if he went up and down them he got a treat, but I am having a really hard time breaking him of his fear of the vacum cleaner and he also doesnt like to go outside when it is raining like it is right now
I like what Nancy said too!
That is weird, though. Wonder why? Angus is "spooky" in general, and I can remember times that he's gotten weird about certain areas.
Right after his MCT surgery last year, he was really really afraid of the next door neighbor's front yard. We were walking him around our front yard and theirs instead of taking him on full-blown walks while he was recovering those first few days (the house next door had been empty for months...unbelievably, it is STILL empty). He was really spooked in both yards, but especially theirs. Just cowed down and tucked his tail and tried to dart away. It was so sad. I didn't know if it was the medication messing with him, or the surgery was just traumatic, or what.
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