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Old 04-01-2018, 06:36 PM
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Question NEW Foster/Rescue Adjustment Issues- Advice Needed!

Hi~

Thank you in advance for any help you can provide.

I rescued a dog from a reputable small breed rescue that I have adopted from before. However, this particular dog came right from his bad home situation almost directly to me with a brief stop for 48 hours with a foster to be neutered and put on transport from FL to NJ.

Therefore from his rescue day to me arriving only 5 days transpired and 2 of those days he was being transported. He arrived frightened as one would expect. However, he was able to adjust to myself, husband and older son (17)quickly. He wanted to be by us on couch, bed etc. Behaved well. He growled a bit at my other 2 dogs (shih tzus also) out of fear but no biting and by now is just in co-habitation. Not playing but no longer growling. He gives lots of kisses and is very calm otherwise. A little whining when we are out of his sight but nothing unbearable. Today is 1 week he is with us.

SO here is the ISSUE!
He developed an abscess at his neuter site Friday and that requires meds and soaks and a cone and will for at least another week +.

He does not want to potty outside and although he has a few times he mostly just stands there and does nothing but shake. At first we attributed it to pain, chang, fear and the drop in weather temps. However, he did poop (1x) and pee a few times outside. NOW he has not and I have discovered he is urinating in my house. Still no poop AT all SINCE Wednesday and today is Sunday. Vet is not concerned (said he will again when ready) but he is eating well (raw diet) so he must feel the need to poop.

Former owner was a hoarder and gave up 15+ dogs to the rescue. All dogs lived on 30 acres (farm animals too) in FL and she said they did their business when they wanted to so can offer up no advice on this .......SO she says. He is underweight so who knows how often he was fed. He was matted so badly he needed to be completely shaved and was also covered in fleas when he was taken from her.

Those of you who have had complicated rescues might be able to offer some potty/training advice. I am just unsure how to handle because of the neuter issue and fyi he is on Carprofen for pain and on an antibiotic too + as I said the cone of shame.

Thank you again and I will await any responses. Feel free to ask me any additional questions.
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Old 04-02-2018, 06:08 AM
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No advice but just wanted to say bless you for taking him on. Poor little soul.
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If the dog has spent most of his life going to the bathroom inside it will probably be difficult to break him of that habit cold turkey. I recommend purchasing some of those pee pads meant for puppies and start training him to go on those so that he isnt going all over the place. Also, i would bring him in for a check up to make sure he isnt in a severe amount of pain from his abcess because that can interfere with training as well. Baby steps are important to training a dog that has had little to no training by their previous owners. Please keep in mind this just all my opinion.
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Thumbs up Update~

Hi,

Just left the vet and abscess is healing well. He manually stimulated him and he pooped 12 inches of stool! Not hard - no obstruction.

He did his pee pee on a pad this AM as it is snowing in NJ!

Any other tips for a dog who is afraid of being OUTSIDE would be greatly appreciated!
TIA~
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A long time ago a tip I read fo difficult small dogs who dont want to potty outside the best thing to do is to get them into the habit of regularly using a pee pad until it is routine and then gradually move the pad towards the door until eventually putting it outside and removing it completely. It could take some time so patience is key.
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This isn't exactly the same situation but my dog was extremely anxious and afraid of everything when I got him. He was from Cape Cod in Massachusetts and got transferred to the shelter at MSPCA in Boston which is a busy large bustling place in a large city and I live in a busy city area.
He was up all night the first few nights and jumped a foot in the air every time a car or truck or motorcycle went by, which was constantly. Walking him or even taking him in my tiny unfenced back "yard" to go out was very scary for him and I spent hours trying to get him to relax enough to go to the bathroom. He clearly wasn't used to city noises. He only had one accident inside though. I don't know how he managed to wait so long though.

I just kept taking him out and used praise and treats and specific words for pee and poop and tried to take him out at quiet times late at night and early in the morning. He loves other dogs so we discovered dog parks right away and being around other dogs and seeing them go to the bathroom and do normal behaviors seemed to relax him, socialize him and teach him a bit.
I'm not saying that's right for your dog, it's just what worked for mine. Lots of praise and treats and teaching words for pee and poop so he knows what you want can't hurt though.
Big dogs can't really be trained to go inside on pee pads. It's easier and you have more options with small dogs.
You're very compassionate for taking in this poor dog. Good luck!
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Yay!

Small miracles-- update that my friend went outside without be asked with his other 2 fur sibs. It was raining and snow on ground and he did a pee pee~ very exciting in my life. Haha
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