Perhaps find your Eskie's favorite toy (or something that will distract him such as a Peanut Butter Kong). Sit outside with him on a regular basis with the favorite distraction until the outside becomes a positive place. My Eskie can be very stubborn - once she gets an "idea" in her head, it can be very difficult to break her of an irrational fear, but this has seemed to work fairly well for me. They're great dogs - such a sense of humor - she is always cracking me up with her new games and new ideas. However, my Eskie sounds like yours in that, while she's not shy of me, she only wants to be petted when she is in the mood - I call her my cat. Fortunately, she is quite jealous - when I want to pet her, I just start playing with my Sheltie. That brings her running - and the Sheltie is always up for cuddling and petting! She also gets quite excited by funny noises (like sneezes) when I need to get her attention quickly.
Answered by Anonymous - 1/16/2012 6:41:53 AM