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Hi. My wife and I are becoming desperate for help and advice. We recently adopted a miniature schnauzer who is 6 months old. She is absolutely great indoors, but once outdoors she becomes extremely hypervigilant and is constantly scanning her surroundings, getting into a rigid and almost aggressive stance, and will bark at things that move in the distance. She appears continually stressed and scared outside, even when we are with her. We have read a lot about dog training and watched a lot of dog training shows talking about being calm and assertive. It has become a bigger issue lately as she now appears scared to poop outside as she is so stressed and focused on other things. We reward her for going 1 or 2 outside with food and praise, and she was doing fine the first while but the last few days she is more and more hypervigilant outside despite us being calm and ignoring some of these behaviors or correcting her when she barks. Once we take her back inside, she is perfectly calm again - no scanning at all. We have been tracking her outside business for two weeks and keep a regular feeding schedule, so we KNOW when she has to go outside, although she has not been great about "giving us signals" as she constantly sniffs the ground and circles on and off throughout the day, even whens he doesn't need to go. Maybe we're taking her out too much? On at least one occasion I took her out for over an hour (at night, when her anxiety appears even higher) and we came back in, she ran around a corner and pooped immediately. That was frustrating :) We took her to the vet last week - clean bill of health she said.

Any help people have on how to calm her or make her less worried and constantly scanning would be very much appreciated!
 

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You just need to get her to like being outside more. You can associate being outside with good things, like playing tug, feeding her there, giving her random treats etc.
 

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Usually, the further you get from home the more agitated dogs will get until they have more confidence to face the world. That's the first step....expand his world slowly.
Eliminating outside puts the dog in a very vulnerable position (ie; scary). Some dogs need some bushes or an area hidden from view to do their business.
One tactic that you can try when you're out on walks....when she sees something that makes her nervous, step between her and the 'problem'. Let her know that you will handle the situation. That can take away some of the stress.
 
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