From a syndicated consumer column in the Austin Statesman-American
Q: I have an otherwise intelligent dog (12 years old) who apparently does not have the sense to go to the patio when it rains. He just sits in the yard. I’d say he was staging a “poor me” sit-down, but he does it even when we’re not home. Any suggestions?
A: Is this a new behavior? If so, have your veterinarian check your dog, advises Susan Smith, behavior consultant at Raising Canine. The dog could have a physical problem, or it could be psychological change, which are common as dogs get older.
If this is a big, furry golden retriever spending considerable time outdoors without being bothered by the elements, no problem. An indoor dog such as a Chihuahua might not fare well under these conditions. If your dog is healthy (mentally and physically) and has always enjoyed sitting the in the rain, do not worry about the situation, Smith adds.