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Our yard is not fenced in yet (it's happening in the next couple of weeks) so we let our dogs out between walks on lines attached near the back door. We hook them up, they walk down 3 steps and then they do their business on the lawn. The last few weeks, when we let Maggie out, she is reluctant to walk down the stairs and sometimes pees on the doormat (it stinks!). So we have been watching her and directing her down the stairs if she doesn't go on her own. Sometimes even then she will only pee and poop on the stone walkway and then she runs back up to the door. Most of the time we have to beg her to go out at all.

She LOVES going out for walks (we go out the same door), she isn't in any pain that we can tell, and she usually has Roscoe out there with her (on a different line). The only thing we can think is that her foot became very irritated a few weeks back and she had to go on an antibiotic. The vet didn't know if something go lodged in between her toes or if she was bitten by something (we had bees on some of our shrubs in the spring). Could she be afraid of the bees? They're not even around much lately and she's been getting worse the last few days.

We welcome and theories or advice on how to help her out. Thanks.
 

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Thanks for the advice. We have been praising her when she peed in the yard, but we have not been going outside with her. We will start doing that today. Thanks again.
 
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