Green Witch - does your house have any terraces or patios with plants, that Lulu could consider as "outdoors" on such occasions?
That is bit of an understatement. I live on a 200 year old farmstead that also functions as a five acre plant nursery with extensive display gardens. Lulu has her pick of pee pee spots near and far from the house. She prefers her 100 acres woodland backyard for most business.
She is actually an obedient dog under normal circumstances. We often go sleding together (she pulls me on kick sled) and she has no trouble following basic commands when we are alone or with others. She is a little slow (we prefer the term "special ed dog" or "remedial") to learn something new, but once she gets it she obeys. She also knows to suck up to me because I'm the only one stupid enough to cook her chicken and rice for dinner.
I think I have to give her a little credit on the fear thing too. This morning after posting here I saw both very large bear scat and what looked like bobcat scat and prints near our pond. Large male black bears are very, very stinky and that could have been part of the problem. I rarely see signs of bobcat, so maybe it was the new scent. Anyone remember in "Little House in The Big Woods" when the dog saves the mother from a panther by not letting her out of the house? Maybe Lulu was acting out such a scene, because today she seems fine.