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16 October 2008 @ 11:56 pm
Daisy just went in the house. Again. 3rd time in 2 days. Pee and poo. It's like she doesn't even know she's doing it. She had a walk at 9:45. 11:30 BAM she is pooing in the guest room. She made no noise and no effort to even head to the hall to go downstairs. She just stopped and dropped where she was. I understand the poo, if she has a sick stomach. She ate some stuffing from a toy (which I then confiscated) and that has been coming out of her for a day or so, so I restricted her food and made sure she had no treats or no stringy toys to chew, so her tummy can recover. So I understand an emergency poo situation. But pee too? Not even 2 hours after her first walk? She is almost 7 months old. How can she not do this? She KNOWS the routine. She goes out every two hours. She can go to the front or back door to go out. We never restrict her access to those doors so she can let us know if she needs to go out sooner. She had her nighttime walk already. I don't know what to do!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Is it possible that she can't tell when she has to go until it's too late? Does she not have that little trigger that tells her it's time to pee and poo? Could there be an illness that makes her not realize it's time to go? With Gambit, we would very gradually stretch his time between outings until it was at 4 hours, which we found comfortable, and he was able to hold it. But with Daisy, she can't learn to hold it. She can't even try to hold it. She just goes when she has to go. In her bed, in our bed, while playing, at a friend's house, any time her bladder or bowels are full she just lets go wherever she is. If I don't take her out every hour and a half to two hours I can PROMISE she will go. She will NOT hold it, unless she's sleeping, and then when she wakes up she has to go out within 3 minutes or have an accident. My whole house stinks like cleaner, and it's a different spot each time, it's not like she has a preferred area that has a smell to it.

I'm doing something wrong. I know I am. But what???
Tiffanyiftherainstops on October 17th, 2008 07:41 am (UTC)
When this happened around the same time to my boston, my vet had me re-crate train him. After any eating/drinking, he went into his crate for about 30 minutes. We then went outside for 10 minutes, if he didn't potty, back in the crate for 20 minutes, etc until he went. We controlled when he could eat (we still do not free feed, he eats half his portion in the morning, and 1/2 at night). After only a couple of days he was back on schedule per say. Our vet said that a lot of dogs go through that as a sort of teenage angst phase, where they are trying to re-exert their position in the household.
Jennylittlesunflower on October 17th, 2008 11:40 am (UTC)
I do divide up her food and she is crated all day when I'm at work, so I guess I feel pretty evil crating her when I get home. She cries and screams to be let free. Then she knocks her crate about (rocks it side to side) and makes a horrible ruckus, lol. Maybe she is trying to exert some authority. I will try to put her in her crate if she doesn't poop when outside. It just breaks my heart :(

I will try to restrict her water. They each have a dish in their respective "rooms" (she sleeps in the guest room, he in the bedroom) and there is a water dish in the living room for if they get thirsty while playing. I will take out her water dish from her crate in the evening and only allow access to the living room one after play, and then pick it up, and then they go right outside? Does that sound right? I don't know. It's all so frustrating. She's so smart, I wish she'd get it.
hello_blondie on October 17th, 2008 12:52 pm (UTC)
Yes, I agree with this. It is what I have done with all four of my dogs. They have no sense of time so it is a "play" off of that.