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I am a new dog owner, and I adopted a 4 year old male Labrador Husky mix. He is a wonderful dog, and wasn't abused. However, I can't get him to poop in a timely fashion. I let him out in the morning before work to pee, and when my gf gets home, she does the same, then I walk him around 8. But he takes FOREVER to poop, and some days, like tonight, I was out for an hour and he still wouldnt go. He won't poop in the yard, and I can't tie him out, cause he just stands at the end of his lead and either barks, or just lays down. I like walking my dog, but when its pouring rain, or the middle of our cold Canadian winters, I can't be out there for an hour or more til he decides to poop. I've tried training him to go on command, and I think he knows what it means, but he still won't go. I have no clue what to do, and I am getting very frustrated. Anyone have any ideas?
 

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One of the things to get things moving is to run! Or play a vigorous game of fetch or flirt pole ............Then go for a walk. If you think your dog is constipated add some canned pumpkin- ( raw canned pumpkin not pie filling!) a couple of tblsps to his food. Good for both diarrhea and constipation BTW if he is always constipated, add some kind of oil( fish, olive, or coconut, etc.) to his food everyday.
 

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Is it constipation though? Because then you'd need a diet change or you need to add something like canned pumpkin or salmon oil.

Was he pad trained? Some dogs who are indoor/pad trained will not poop outside..they want their pad.

Try leaving the yard for a few minutes, go look out a window? Some dogs seriously won't poop if you're looking at them. Don't stay out there for 2 minutes nevermind an hour.

Are you using treats and he's too excited and just wants that? My Beagle sometimes gets in this thing of going out the door and barking at me..I started shutting the door in his face and walking away..then he poops. If I'm standing there, he will just argue with me. It's like he wants to skip over the pooping and get the treat. I only use treats when they go because it sometimes makes them go faster.

Are you feeding first? Some dogs do better with that. Eating triggers it just like in humans.
 

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Was he pad trained? Some dogs who are indoor/pad trained will not poop outside..they want their pad.
This.

One of mine is such a creature of habbit that when they mow the grassy patch where she likes to go she'll refuse to go there and I have to spend an hour or so until she finds a spot (maybe the same maybe different) and then after a couple days she'll go directly there and won't poop anywhere else. Until that gets mowed, or it rains, or someone leaves a piece of furniture out for the garbage collectors
 

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This.

One of mine is such a creature of habbit that when they mow the grassy patch where she likes to go she'll refuse to go there and I have to spend an hour or so until she finds a spot (maybe the same maybe different) and then after a couple days she'll go directly there and won't poop anywhere else. Until that gets mowed, or it rains, or someone leaves a piece of furniture out for the garbage collectors
haha. Dogs are LOL.

Snow is fun. I always have one who doesn't want to pee or poop in snow so will search for that one speck of grass and sometimes there isn't any so we have to make one. Another dog will only want to go in the snow and will go crazy seeking out the remaining clumps of ice.
 

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For a long time I had an issue with Bandit not pooping in a reasonable amount of time. This was when I was depressed and really did not have the energy or motivation to exercise him like I should have. I read something on here that mentioned that when dogs only go on walks to do their business they will learn to wait so they can prolong their walks. It only took a week or so of strict 45 minute walks regardless of if he did his business to get him to start going much faster. I of course shorten the walks when its raining, but now he knows that pooping won't end his outside time.
 
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