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Old 04-19-2018, 05:13 PM
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Is new work schedule effecting eating/pooping?

Over the past couple of weeks, I've noticed that my shih tzu, Mitzi, seems to be needing to poop more than she actually is. I'll take her for a thirty minute walk twice a day, and during that time she'll normally poop once. Sometimes she won't do it at all. But then an hour later she'll be begging to go outside, but if I take her out she still won't poop. She still obviously enjoys the walks, wants to sniff everything, bark at the other dogs, etc, I can't get her to poop. And I get the feeling this is effecting her appetite too, because she's always dug right into her food whenever I feed her, but now she'll just lie down by her bowl and stare at it. If I get a treat out she'll get excited like she always does, but when I give it to her she'll hold it for a few seconds and then put it down. Yesterday while I was at work, she even went and pooped inside the apartment twice, so I know she's got to go even if she just refuses for some reason.

I recently changed shifts at work, so now I have mornings and early afternoons off and come home late at night. That also effected her eating and walking schedule. Could that have something to do with it?
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Dogs are truly creatures of habit, and are very sensitive to changes in their routine. As long as on average she is eating, drinking, and does poop and pee, she should be ok. Give her a bit more time to adjust to your new schedule, just watch to be sure she does eat drink, pee and poop.
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Dogs are truly creatures of habit, and are very sensitive to changes in their routine. As long as on average she is eating, drinking, and does poop and pee, she should be ok. Give her a bit more time to adjust to your new schedule, just watch to be sure she does eat drink, pee and poop.
In that case, what do you think I should do about her feeding schedule? When I had a normal work schedule I would get up at 7, feed her right then, and then walk her. Then I'd come home at 6, feed her right away, then walk her again. Now I usually get up sometime between 9am and 10am (one of the benefits of having mornings off, lol) and walk her right away. When I come home from work at midnight, I walk her then too.

Feeding her is a little trickier, though. I could feed her right when I wake up, but then that would leave her with a 14-15 hour wait before her next meal , so instead I make her wait until noon for "breakfast." Then I feed her again at midnight when I get home. What would you recommend?
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I would suggest feeding her when you wake up, a snack before you leave for work, and another feeding when you get home. Its probably not ideal, but with your schedule that's probably the best frequency. She will probably sleep a lot during the day, so may not be particularly tired at midnight, when you will want to sleep. Wish you luck.
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