A week ago I adopted a 7-month-old lab from a rescue organization. She was doing OK on walks for the first week but very nervous of the cars and very distracted by almost every person (she'd stop and stare, sometimes refusing to walk further). (She seems much better with other dogs.) Now one week later she refuses to walk outside at all, she just stars at the door to my apartment and wants to come back in. I had to carry her a block away to pee early this morning. She is very loving and playful in my apartment but is scared and very shy of other person and very submissive. She also seems to forget I exist when we're on our walks she's so fixated in the situation. I know there is no history of abuse.
One more thing, on her walk this past Friday morning, some idiot let his Doberman out on his front lawn off leash while we happened to be walking by, and it scared the hell out of both of us -- it ran up barking, I thought for sure we were going to get attacked. Luckily we didn't, as the Doberman stopped at the edge of the lawn. I am considering throwing a brick through this guy's picture window at some point.
So I'm wondering if this has her spooked to go outside now...though she went outside later that evening with not much problem. Yesterday she refused to go more than a few steps outside.