Yet another Cooper problem. He is a very submissive dog and it has gotten to the point that it is annoying. If he thinks he is even remotely in trouble, he runs and hides in a "safe spot" and then bellies up. If you approach him, he urinates all over himself. Now, this wouldn't be a huge problem if this only happened when he was really in trouble...but his version of being in trouble includes us letting the dogs outside to go to the bathroom, letting him out of his crate in the morning, putting him in his crate at night or when we leave, looking at him the wrong way... Needless to say it is getting very annoying having to constantly clean up him and washing whatever he was laying on at the time. So, how do we work around this? We can be as sweet talk-y as we want and it doesn't help. This morning when I was letting them out after eating he ran and hid by the couch, and I crouched down, turned sideways, and just talked in a happy voice to him. He scooted along the floor to me on his back with his belly up, but we only had a little bit of dribbling instead of full water works. Once I put his collar on him he popped right up and went outside like a normal dog. So at least some semblance of body language/tone gets through to him. I was thinking we should teach him a "safe" recall word that means when we say it he gets a treat, in the hopes that we can use that to get him to come to us when we need him to in the house instead of running and hiding. And when he does turn into a pile of sap on the floor, to just ignore him or do like what I did this morning and become as non-threatening as possible and wait him out in the hopes that he'll realize we aren't upset with him. (I don't even understand why he thinks we're upset with him when we call him...we've never associated coming to us with punishment, especially not going outside.) Am I on the right track? Any other tips/ideas?