We have recently gotten our dog Penny. Like I've said before she is a somewhat skittish dog although she has really warmed up to me and my husband. Before we got her she was an outside dog who lived in a pen and a hunter. She now lives nice and cozy inside. We have a large yard where she can run and we own some property which we take her to on the weekends where she can REALLY run off some enery. The problem we are having is that even though we go on long walks every morning often she won't go to go to the bathroom, she just wants to smell. She's in a crate when we are at work and she will go in it if we are gone for a long time and she hasn't went that morning. Our neighbors have dogs and I've even taken her over to their yard (we know them well) hoping that she would smell them and go over there but she doesn't. However, when we go the property she goes quite a few times. I realize she's marking her territory but since we live at the house and thats her yard I would think she would really want to mark there. The only thing I can think of is that after she had only been there for a short time the neigbor dogs (rottweilers-nice ones) came running out of their garage barking and it scared her. She peed then thats for sure! Anyway, although she is now friends with them she still kind of peeks around the door before coming outside. For a dog who has lived outside we haven't had much trouble with housebreaking. Besides her kennel, she's only went in the house one time. I think she just holds it but I know that can't be good for her. If anyone can give me some ideas please let me know.