Posted : 7/20/2007 9:30:09 AM
perfect age to train this fear out of her...
when she is at the door and begins to whimper, that is your cue to stop the whimpering by issuing a leaders command to stop whimpering. a cesar millan "shhhh" can really do the trick. or a "ceasar millan dog bite gesture" combined with the "shhhh" is even better. do not praise the dog at this point because you would only reinforce the whimpering.
at the same time, proceed to take the dog out onto the wet grass or rain (carry an umbrella if it's raining) and imerse the dog in her fear. you can even have her on a leash. if she whimpers and puts up a fight, tug sideways on the leash to get her attention back to you, the leader.
in short time, and perserverance, she'll be knocked out of this fearful state. don't let her whimpers put you into a state of mind that says something like "poor baby" where you bend down and start petting her for comfort because that will only reinforce her fearful behavior. take command and imerse her into her fears by going into the situation.
it may sound mean but it is not. remember that this is how things occur in the wild in order to survive.
my 2 cents.