I cant figure this out.... and its got me worried because of how he's acting. I have a mini dox.. its a male, he's not fixed - he's got all his parts... He's small about 8 lbs, and 1 year old. The last 4 days now he's been HOWLING to go outside. Scratching at the door, howling, whimpering, just generally FREAKING out to get outside! Regardless of if we stay outside for 5 minutes or an hour... ITS NOT ENOUGH.. He wants out. While he's outside he's a nervous wreck. He's sniffing all over the place, scratching the ground... he goes to one area in particular, but honestly he'll go anywhere. These "tantrums" to go outside are NOT bathroom related... He doesn't want to pee or poop.. he just wants outside. Now, for those who have never heard a hound howl, its cute the first few times - but not 24/7 for 4 days! :yikes: I've been trying to house train this dog for 1 year now, and trust me - if I could get him to be this "vocal" about going outside to pee or poop... OH MAN! :hail: How great would that be!??? TRUST ME... This is NOT bathroom related whatsoever. When we hold him, he's shaking - like he's cold... We live in North Texas... We're enjoying our 90 degree days here like CRAZY! We had a 100/102+ summer almost every day of summer! TRUST ME, ITS NOT COLD...I think its nervousness to get outside (like and addict). while we're watching tv, he'll go up and down to the door... come and jump all over one of us, whine, bark and even howl at us and then run back to the door - as if to say PLEASE TAKE ME OUT PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.... Someone in the general dog forum said his Dox does this if there's something out there that the dog wants to get to, this is not the case here... No birds, no cats, no nothing really... I live in a normal zero property line community, with lots of neighbors... He just wants to explore EVERYONES yard when we walk... But guys (& gals) I can't explain enough how badly he's freaking out to get outside... I'M SERIOUS... EVERY SINGLE SECOND OF THE LAST 4 DAYS. Nothing has changed for this dog in his life... Nothing... no diet change, no scratching himself or itching or anything like that.. no new additions to our house... The only change recently has been he's alone more because the kids are at school now, my wife and I have both been working late... but even if I come home at 12am - I make it a point to play with him for 30 minutes or longer (longer usually)... play fetch, wrestle with the hand a little bit, lay and watch some tv... whatever HE wants... (yeah, he trained us instead of us training him.. no doubt in my mind about that) Is this something Dox's do? or hounds do? could it be the recent weather change? I'm MAJOR confused - and want to be certain nothing is physically wrong with him..... He's just freaking out to get outside ---- all the **** time! HELP!