My dog is 100% potty trained and will not go on a pee pad (she just tears them up and eats them). Also she is not afraid at all outside, just scared of my noisy apartment complex. If she knows it is a car ride she is fine, if I have my moms dog with us, or my friends kids she is good. But if she is just going to pee she refuses to walk into the hallway. Once in the hallway she is generally fine and walks downstairs and outside to pee. How do I get her out the door without pulling her?

Answer

It sounds like your dog is worried about something in the hallway, but sort of forgets about it if something exciting distracts her such as going on a car ride or having guests or another dog. I would not pull her as when dogs are pulled we are forcing them to face their fears in a way that is not very productive, leading to her putting on the breaks more. I would instead try to find ways that she voluntarily walks by through positive associations. For instance, perhaps you can try talking to her in an exciting tone of voice as you drop high value treats by the area she is reluctant to walk. You can read about this strategy here: https://hubpages.com/dogs/Using-the-Jolly-Routine-... It is also helpful to troubleshoot what may be in that area that scared her to help reduce the fear. For example, maybe she slipped there and putting some mats to walk on can help or maybe there is some reflection or noise that can be buffered. Make sure to make being outdoors super rewarding and fun too so she can chain the hallway with the outdoors just like you like kids start acting happy when they catch a glimpse of the entrance to Disney World.

Updated on May 23, 2020

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