We've had our pup for about 3 months now. We got her from the shelter when she was 7 months old (it will be 3 months on the 22nd). She is the sweetest thing and has done AMAZINGLY well with her training - she is house trained, we trained her to go out in our back yard (despite some setbacks which I had posted about), she is well behaved, etc. HOWEVER....ever since the 4th of July and all the fireworks, in addition to some REALLY awful thunderstorms we have had, she refuses to go out without major coaxing on our part or us actually forcing her to go out. (She used to comeout NO problem as soon as we said "do you need to go potty?") We take her out WITH us so it's not like she has to go out alone....but when we start to take her she will run out of our reach, try to hide under a desk, etc. It's not that she doesn't have to go, she DOES and once out she WILL. In fact, sometimes she REALLY goes so it's obvious she has been holding it. But it's still a battle and I don't know how to end it! I wasn't sure if I should put this in training or here, I guess it will depend on the responses I get! This was NEVER an issue before, but she was already skittish before this ever happened, and once it did she absolutely FREAKED. In fact, the other day I finally got her out and roofers next door were using a nail gun and when it went off she freaked out and came BURSTING through her doggy door inside to the point she almost hurt herself. When we take her out we speak softly to her, say comforting things, encourage her, etc. But STILL she refuses. HELP PLEASE!