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Old 11-08-2005, 05:34 PM   #1
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Is anyone's yorkie afraid of the dark??
I swear Mia is... she HATES to go outside to potty when its dark, even though she nevers has to go out alone. My husband always goes outside with them in the evenings when they take potty breaks and stays with them till they come back inside. We have to force her to go out, then she is the first one to come back in.
She will not go into any dark rooms, bedtime is ok, but she is sleeping with mommy and daddy so that's alright.
But in the morning when I get up -it is still dark out at that time- she will not get out of bed to go potty. I have to carry her outside.
I have never heard of a dog being scared of the dark, but I really think she is...
Anyone else have this problem?
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I've not heard of that either. How old is she?
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Old 11-08-2005, 06:00 PM   #3
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How old is she? Maybe she is just young and "inexperienced".

We live in the country and there are no lights out here and we have no fences. We have coyotes lingering around, so we ALWAYS stay with our girls. Mine aren't afraid of the dark and I have to keep telling them to stay with me. We have 3 BIG dogs that live outside and do a good job of keeping the coyotes at bay!
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I've seen some that won't go into the dark. I would install a light. If that's not possible, try some that are powered by the sun.
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Old 11-08-2005, 06:12 PM   #5
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She's 10 months old but I noticed this behavior out of her months ago. We live in town and have a large fenced in back yard.. To my knowledge there has never been anything other than birds and squirrels in her backyard
She loves to be out there during the day- would stay out all day if I would let her, but when the sun goes down she doesn't want any part of being outside.
We have a screened in back porch with a light, but she still isn't crazy about going beyond that.
I don't know why she is so spooked to go out...

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Old 11-08-2005, 06:21 PM   #6
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Thought mine was the only "Scaredy Cat"!!!! I have to go out with her in the early morning if it is not quite daylight and also have to carry her out!!! When it is dark outside at night- does not even want to go out!!! Turn the patio light on and she only goes to the edge of the patio to do her "business" We have accent lights in the back yard so it is not totally dark. Also we have a 7 foot concrete block wall so they are totally safe out there!! She is 10 months old and has been this way sionce 10 weeks of age!!! What characters!!!!
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Old 11-08-2005, 06:32 PM   #7
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Simon is! He is 2 now and we sleep with a night light! If we are ever driving in the car at night time he starts to whimper and shake, he gets so scared. I think it's all the head lights! Mine are trained inside but if we leave and it's dark, he refuses to walk outside! I thought he would get used to it but oh well, I will just keep lights in Simon's life
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We had our neighbor (who is an electrician) install an outdoor flood light so the boys would go out at night but Jo still doesn't like to go out unless we're with him. That boy will kill spiders, bugs, worms and one night he even went after a snake but he won't go outside alone to potty after dark...go figure! I should add though, he's fine with dark rooms in the house, garage, car etc...he's laying at the end of the hall chewing on a Nylabone in the dark right now...it's just the outside I guess. Oh, first we tried the solar lights around the outside of the fence...don't bother...they put out less light than a match and they aren't cheap!

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I would never let mine go out in the dark without me. I'm a chicken. I'm afraid of what may pop up out there. I have found opposums out there before, besides snakes. I'm also afraid of anything else unknown to me. My yard is fenced in and has lights, but that doesn't keep critters from wandering in.
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OOOHH YES! big time afraid. Ahia will go out at night but she jumps at every movement or sound. it takes her forever to potty when it is dark out. the wind scares her too, but only if it is dark. she has always been this way tho.
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Tinkerbell is afraid of the dark too. I realized this when we went camping this summer and she was soo afraid to go out to potty when I couldn't find the flashlight. She also will not go outside at night until I turn the outside light on, she will look at me and wait if I forget, as soon as I turn it on, she runs out. Sometimes she will still be afraid to go out on the grass to pee and I have to walk out with her.
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that is funny!! Maybe she is going through her "scared phase"
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Wow sure glad mine arent scared. we had porchersaccross from us last night and the dogs ran them off. hehehe. what they get for shooting guns in the dark they could kill someone.
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Abbie was scared of the dark when she was little, now she goes out does her business. And gets back in before she misses anything. LOL She is crazy. She used to bark at her shadow on the ground. It was funny.
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Old 11-09-2005, 05:58 PM   #15
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I'm glad to hear Mia is not the only one- I just have to laugh at her sometimes- she has such expressive facial features and she will look at us like "what?? you don't think I am going OUT THERE do you?? Can't you see it's dark??"
She sure does her business quickly at night though No messin' around!
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