I know there have been plenty of threads (even a few recent ones) about curing thunder-phobic dogs. My problem is a little more specific.
My 1 ½ year old mix (likely border collie and black lab) is very storm phobic. Luckily, she’s not destructive at all and is quite content to hang out in the bathtub. Apparently, that’s the safe place. And I’m fine with her being there. I don’t baby her or try to reassure her. For the most part, I just ignore her when she’s acting phobic.
My problem is getting her to go the bathroom when it’s storming. When I take her out, she just stands at the door, crying. If I put her on a leash and walk her out in the yard, she just cries to me. I can’t get her to even think about peeing. Then, by the time the storm clears, I’m asleep, she doesn’t wake me up and instead just pees on the floor.
I’m not concerned with curing her indoor behavior. I just need to get her to pee!
Mods: I wasn’t sure which forum to put this in. I apologize if it should be elsewhere and thanks in advance if you have to move it.