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? If we're not supposed to force him out, and he absolutely refuses, he certainly can't be expected to hold his waste for several days while we're trying to condition him to go back out. I certainly am not going to let him become un-housetrained by having him get used to going inside.

Answer

These are certainly difficult cases. 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. Since the pee pads are placed by the door, the dog is advantaged in learning to go outside to potty so that should help in the potty training process. We certainly cannot have the dog hold it if the fear is so much that going outside is not feasible.

Updated on September 9, 2019

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Why Is My Dog Scared of Going Outside?
By Adrienne Janet Farricelli
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