Dog not going potty in back yard, only on walks!!?

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Old 01-04-2014, 06:15 PM
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Dog not going potty in back yard, only on walks!!?

I have a dog I've had from birth, he stayed out at my parents for nearly 18 months on the farm with another small dog, and I have his siblings (a fixed male and an unfixed female)- my male (from the farm) is not fixed as of right now either (don't need any rude comments as to why they aren't fixed) i haven't worked much this past year and if it was FREE to fix dogs - they'd be fixed already!!
My male will sometimes urinate or he has pooped in the backyard, but he tends to hold it for a whole day and night without going then he ends up coming, again why does he do it. It's too cold to go outside for a walk and when i put him out in the back yard, he does a circle then comes back to the door to come back inside....
it's not about patience - because he's in a new surrounding - he knows i'm his Mommy. I sure hope this will change once i fix him, but if it doesn't then I can't keep him, he has to go back out to a farm.
I gave him away to some people - right before Christmas and he came back to me 5 days later, and he did good in the back yard for a day or 2, but back to not peeing hasn't been out for a bathroom break for nearly 18 hours, he has been out, he just chooses not to go and I'm not bundling up to go out in this minus 30 weather with a wind chill that it feels like minus 40 (i don't want to have to get rid of him again, bcuz i do love him, but i honestly can't stand winters in CANADA)!!
I need serious suggestions from people who really know about dogs....
My backyard isn't very big - it's a townhouse yard, so unfortunately there is no going out and hanging out with him, why does he want company when he goes potty, when we are out for a walk, he circles about 20 times while in poop position to try and find the right spot, he's too funny!!
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Old 01-09-2014, 05:23 AM
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Where do you live in Canada? In Ontario there are 3 SPCA's that offer high volume spay/neuters. We took our 3 cats there and will be taking are pup when he is older. Everything went very smoothly, but they did give the cats medication (metacam) that should never be given to them. So I'd just ask what meds they are going to give and ask them not to or change the meds if necessary. They recovered quickly. If anything goes wrong after surgery (related to the surgery) they will see the pet at little to no charge. There is a 2-6 month waiting list, depending on location. Other provinces may do this as well. The fees are the following:

Dog Neuter under 20kg (44lbs) $80
Dog Neuter 20-39kg (44-87lbs) $110
Dog Neuter over 40kg (88lbs) $140
Dog Spay under 20kg (44lbs) $105
Dog Spay 20-39kg (44-87lbs) $135
Dog Spay over 40kg (88lbs) $165

Much cheaper than a regular vet. They all do vaccinations for $10/each and mircochip for $20.

Honestly, I think you need to go outside with him. Maybe he needs company right now. Yes, the weather is cold but you can bundle up. I've been taking my pup outside every 2 hours and have to go out with him because the yard isn't completely fenced. It's cold but I deal with it because he's my pet and that's what he needs from me. I've done it in -50C many times. When he goes in the backyard, praise him like crazy. He should catch on but don't expect it to happen right away. Try putting him on a leash and walking him around the backyard. It doesn't matter that your yard is small, just go around and around. And bundle up! Toque, mits, scarf, jacket, sweater, boots, extra socks, whatever you need. With the pup I have right now I need to walk him around otherwise he takes too long to go (30 minutes).
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I don't believe neutering will make him more willing to use the yard to potty. A dog raised in a rural setting with lots of room will often have trouble transitioning to only using a yard.

You seem to believe he's choosing not to go as some sort of defiance. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Dogs don't choose to defy our wishes. Why would he want to have an overfull bladder and bowels? He's used to taking his time and he doesn't understand that now he has to use a limited area within a limited time.

The weather conditions make it worse. I know it's cold to be out with him but you can bundle up and do the right thing if you do care about his well being. Maybe he'd be better off on a farm. I hope it's someone who will provide adequate shelter in bad weather and get him neutered.
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