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Old 08-26-2017, 10:49 AM
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Old 08-26-2017, 02:38 PM
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Arrow Bad habits of M dogs: reserve tanks for marking / fails to drain bladder at opps

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Update: Getting my dog to potty in the yard didn't go so well.

From the crate where Oreo slept last night to the yard, he was put on a leash & brought out at 6 a.m. We walked around the yard for several minutes with no success. Then it was back inside & in the crate.
A few minutes later, we went back to the yard & still nothing. So it was back to the crate again. We kept this up til 8 a.m. Note: Oreo had full access to water.

Finally, I gave in & walked him. He peed almost instantly once we got to a tree not far from our house. I praised him with a treat, then continued walking him a few blocks where he pee'd at least 4-5 more times along the way.
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I forget - is he neutered? // If so, do U know at what age?

He's withholding a reservoir of 'extra ammo' specifically for marking; I would not let him mark. He needs to learn to drain his bladder, not reserve a half-tank for sprinkling around the neighborhood, later. // Otherwise any time he's confined, he starts off with his partially-full tank, & it can only get more full.
Kidneys filter the blood & secrete urine 24 / 7, every day of a mammal's life.

When he starts to mark on a walk, I'd pretend i'm blind, don't even notice his LEG going up, & i'd immediately set off at a brisk pace. // He has a choice, LOL - quickly put that paw down & keep up, or try to mark while doing 6-MPH.

Keep trying to get him to unload at home / inside the fence, & THEN set off for that walk.

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Old 08-26-2017, 05:00 PM
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Ok, makes sense. I'll try again tomorrow. Should I only let him pee in one spot on our walks, whether he pees in the yard or not? And yes, Oreo was neutered 2 months ago (June 2017). He's 3 years old.
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Thumbs up keep trying!

Pee once, preferably in his home yard - if he really stonewalls U, i'd take him past the 2-hour point & keep trying, maybe 2 to 3 more ping-pongs will trip his trigger, & he'll void at home.

Can't U try him later in the day as well? // after work? After dinner? Etc?

What about his last late-night trip, keeping him in the yard, on leash so U can see if / when / how much / what he voids?

WHEN HE DOES pee or poop at home, be sure to have a jackpot on U!
Pay out 6 to a dozen pea-sized, very high-quality tidbits, something like freeze-dried lamb-lung or beef-liver, doled out INDIVIDUALLY as fast as he swallows each one.
Make a production of it with a running stream of warm, sincere praise - then go on that walk.
U want his 1st void in the home yard to be highly memorable.

If he really *won't* go in the yard after a 2 or more hour session of 6 or more attempts per hour, stop JUST OUTSIDE the yard, let him pee, & then go back into the yard - no treat, no walk.
. Try denying him his walk, & see if addressing it from the other direction will convince him to co-operate.

please let us know how U get on,
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Old 08-26-2017, 06:09 PM
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I'll try my best & will let you know how things go. Thank you again.
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Exclamation Ding!

just thot of something:
take an unscented tissue, dab it in his fresh urine, stash the pee-dabbed tissue in a ziplocked baggie, & use it on a convenient, apropos vertical surface AT HIS NOSE HEIGHT, in the home yard.

This may give him a very concrete hint - "Go HERE".
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Great idea, Terry! I'll try this today. Oreo had another good night (no accidents in the crate & no barking)! It's funny because when he has the run of the house, if he hears even the smallest noise he gets super alert & starts barking, but in the crate he's very quiet, at least with us anyway. I'd imagine if someone else came to the door & he was crated he'd bark. My husband took Oreo out this morning & has a lot less patience than me. So pottying in the yard didn't happen yet, but I'm determined. Oreo definitely connects peeing/pooping with getting a treat. He just hasn't connected it with the yard yet. The first day he was brought home he pottied in the yard without a thought, but I guess once we started walking him he got spoiled. I got this though. I just have to be persistent.
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