A couple of days ago it poured down rain, and the ground outside has remained moist. Now our 2-year-old pom mix suddenly can't stand to walk on the damp ground and won't pee outside, favoring our bedroom carpet instead. She's always been wary of peeing outside when it's raining, but she would do it on some loose dirt that's under the balcony (i.e. dry). Now she won't even do that...although it's not completely dry either. There are also some dry areas under a little bit of overhang right along the wall, and she won't pee there either. We've got some puppy pee pads and she won't use those, neither a clean one nor one I rubbed on a spot she'd peed on before, though she's never especially been trained to. I've sat outside with her for 15-minute periods hoping she would take the hint and pee but to no avail. Her command doesn't work.
The reason why we're pretty confident that it's a wetness problem is because when we walked her to our landlord's office and back, any time we walked on the dirt she had to practically be dragged until we got close to another set of pavement. It was pretty clear.
I'm at my wit's end and I think she senses my irritation, which isn't helping. (Naturally I'm not punishing her when she pees indoors.) Does anyone have some ideas? Can I go get some planter box at Home Depot and fill it with dry dirt and put it somewhere as a dog "litter box" or something? It's about the only thing left I can think of.