Starting last night and again this morning my Bagel the Beagle has been terrified to go outside. We went out last night as usual, but he was immediately smelling and following scent tracks in nonsense directions- we didn't even get to leave the parking lot and he made a beeline back to my apartment door. So now he won't go out the back door, where we normally go, or the front door. When I open the back door he spends a lot of time standing at the threshold and sniff, sniff, sniffing, until he eventually backs away and cowers in fear. The only way I was able to get him to go outside to potty was to drive him somewhere else entirely, and he only agreed to that when he saw I had my car keys- he bolted for the car and anxiously bounced around until I got the door open. All of this is brand new as of last night. The previous two nights, I did notice the strong stench of skunk very near our building, although there was nothing last night; do you think that's all it was? We live in more of a city environment, so we don't have bears or coyotes or anything too wild running around. Just typical city wildlife. There are also a lot of dogs in our building and neighborhood, but that has never been a problem before and last night/this morning there weren't other dogs around so the only thing he'd be going on is a dog's scent. He hasn't had any negative interactions with other dogs, so I doubt it's another dog that is scaring him.