My sweet Leroy stands out in the rain and snow and barks and does not seek shelter
(Salt Spring Island, B.C. Canada)
We adopted an 8 year old boy Leroy 9 months ago now. He is 150 pounds. He was severely neglected but is a lovely boy and gives and gets much love now. He prefers to sleep outside and rarely comes in. He has a dog house, two covered areas with a raised platform and blankets. He is quite scared of a lot of things but we have noticed lately that whenever it rains or snows he starts barking and stands out in either getting completely wet. When the weather is nice he is under cover or in one of his holes. He seems quite distressed about the weather but he did grow up on the West coast of BC where he lives now so not sure why he is doing this. We are wondering why he will not seek cover and barks each time. The other night he even tried to escape. We have a fenced and gated yard. He gets 2 to 3 long walks per day as well as play time when he wants to play (and he does let us know when that is :)). Any ideas re: this behaviour and what to do to help him?