So here's my crazy story.... I have a 5 yr old Chinese Crested Powderpuff I rescued a couple years ago. She has a dog door and free access to outside anytime she wants. We had some housebreaking trouble in the beginning, but once she mastered the dog door, she goes outside to do her business all day with no problems. When night falls it's completely different! She pees right in front of the dog door, inside the house! This also happens when it's cold and raining. We have no issues during the summer when the sunset is past 9:30pm (we live in Washington) and she is usually crated for the night by then. Now that the sun is setting earlier, she is peeing in the house again. She will also do it anytime of the year if I forget to lock her in her crate at night, but only after dark or when it's really raining. It gets dark here by 4pm in the winter and I really don't want to have to crate her all that time, but from 4pm on I get pretty busy with dinner and kids, so I can't hover around her and "catch" her at it, but I don't want to use potty pads and let her think it's OK to pee in the house either! I've heard of dogs not wanting to go out in the rain, but has anyone else had one that's afraid of the dark? Any suggestions???