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Old 05-29-2010, 04:13 PM
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Need advice to get my dog to go to bathroom in backyard

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We just adopted a 1yr old chiwawa/terrier mix that was a stray from the Humane Society. He is very well bahaved, does not whine in his kennel, loves to lay around in the house and loves to go on walks. He has not had an accident in the house yet. However, I biggest problem is that he will not go to the bathroom in our backyard (which is fenced in).

He will only go to the bathroom on walks. We don't have time in the morning or at lunch to stay in the backyard for him to go, so we're forced to go on a quick walk, but in the evenings we have tried to spend a few hours outside and he will not go, so again we're forced to take him for a walk before we all go to bed.

Since it's Memorial Day weekend, we have 3 whole days to work on it. Overnight, he was in his kennel for 8 hours without going and would not go this morning when we woke up. We gave him his morning food and water, took him out for 20 minutes and would not go. He came inside and layed with us for awhile. Then we took him out a couple hours later and stayed out there for 2 hours and would not go. So finally I took him on a walk because it had been almost 12 hours since he last went. So the dog won again!

I must mention that in the week we've had him, he did manage to pee twice in our backyard and he did it right away. I rewarded him with a treat and told him "good boy", but he still seems like he'll hold it until we go for a walk. I even had my neighbor bring his dogs over one night to pee on our bushes while our dog was inside, still no luck. Any suggestions?

We live in the midwest and I can see this being a big problem down the road when it's raining or when winter comes around. I hope this guy will finally get the hang of it.
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Old 05-29-2010, 07:11 PM
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When you take him on walks where is he going potty? On rocks? Grass? What do you have in your backyard?
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Old 05-29-2010, 08:29 PM
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Now's your weekend...you have the ability to wait longer than he possibly can. Don't take him for walks out front, only take him for walks out back. Maybe every hour or so, walk around the backyard a few times, then back in the house (keep him tethered to you, so no accidents...).

Then, get REAL patient...
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Old 05-29-2010, 08:40 PM
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what if he doesn't go all day and it's getting close to bedtime? I don't want him to sleep in his kennel all night with a full bladder?

While we're on walks, he usually pees on mailboxes, street sign posts, and utility boxes. There aren't any trees near the sidewalk, and he'll occasionally go on a bush.

We have a couple bushes in the backyard near our deck where I was hoping would be his spot. There are only two times this past week where he actually went in the back right away. I praised the heck out of him and gave him a treat.

Well, we're going to have to wait to get strict tomorrow. I held my ground today by taking out back and hanging with him for an hour or so a couple of different times, then we grilled out and ate on the deck and he just laid next to me. Now my wife is on a walk with him because her parents are over and will be flying out of the country for a month and they just met the dog, so we'll have to get strict tomorrow.

Let me know what I should do about the overnight thing if he doesn't go to the bathroom out back. Are there any products that I could buy like pee in a spray bottle that may work???
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dogs need movement to stimulate bowel movements so get the dog to run around the yard with you and chances he will go.
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Be patient! His entire world has changed and he is still getting used to you and his new home. He will eventually figure it all out!

You could try one of those stakes people use to train their dogs to go potty in a certain place.
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But honestly I would just wait it out with him in the yard. Run around and play with him. The exercise should "get things moving" and then when he does potty throw a party! Give tons of treats and praise!

You could even start to teach him a command for going potty. It is super useful for travel!
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I've done the running around in the yard, playing fetch, etc. He eventually tires out and then takes a nap in the yard. I have spent 3 hours in the yard a couple of different times this week, and he holds it until I take him for a walk, which I eventually have to do if I'm going to put him in his kennel for the night, or if one of us has to go to work during the work day. How long does it take a dog to get accustomed to his new home? I know he's been through a lot the last few weeks, being a stray and then being at the human society, plus he had to go to the vet twice this week. I guess I'm just looking for assurance that EVENTUALLY he will come through... cuz there are times where we have no choice but to take him for a walk so he can go. Don't want the little guy getting a urinary tract infection by holding it.
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if he doesn't go outside, I can still bring him in to lay in the living room with us can I? I know some have suggested to take him out for a few minutes, and then bring him inside and put him in his crate if he doesn't go, and repeat the process every 30 or 60 minutes until he does.
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You can bring him inside!
But do not let him out of your sight. If I were you, I would tether him to me so that he had no chance to go potty anywhere inside! If you are unable to watch him, put him in his crate!

Do you free feed or feed on a schedule?

IMHO it is far easier to potty train a dog when they are on a set feeding schedule. I feed my 4 at the same times everyday and I know when my dogs need to go out to go potty.

You could also try figuring out when your new dog needs to potty. You can do this pretty easily. Take him out every hour for a few weeks. Record every pee and poo (time and date). As you begin to see a pattern, you should be able to lengthen the time between trips outside.
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lol, usually people have the opposite problem with chi mixes, they have them peeing on everything...

I agree with the others, this will take time (more than a weekend) to sort out and I like the idea of writting down the times he does go.

That said, som' dogs just don't got often, I have a dog that goes maybe twice a day and will hold it up to eleven hours on her own volition and others that will go ten times a day and will have accidents if they aren't let out every hour.

Congrats on your rescue, we tend to demand pictures
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