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Things with Flash(Male Beagle/Bassett) and Dash (Female Treeing Walker Coonhound) together are great. They get along just fine. But I am SO frustrated with one thing about Dash. She won't go to the bathroom. She has urinated a total of about 5 times since coming home on Saturday evening and she WILL NOT poop. I can't just let them out off leash in the backyard because there isn't a fence there yet. (It's being installed sometime in the next few months.) He's more reliable and he is more than willing to comply with going out and going potty. He's only had one accident in the house. They are both crated when we can't supervise 100%. I take Dash out ever 2 hours. She will not go. She just stands there looking off into the distance. I swear, I don't know what else to try. I've tried staying out there longer - but who has an hour to burn every time the dog needs to be let out.

She's gets 2 1/2 cups (total) of Premium Edge Adult Chicken Rice & Vegetables, 1 1/4 cups in the morning, 1 1/4 cups at night. She's drinking fine, she playing fine, she's not throwing up or lethargic. Which leads me to believe that this thing is a psychological thing. I think she has a hangup with going potty on a leash, but I do not have another option right now. She's too unpredictable and would take off. Plus, I'm not willing to risk her safety.

I have heard that I could possibly add some pumpkin to her but she doesn't appear in any pain. She just doesn't want to go. She's also pretty bull-headed. If she doesn't want to do something, she's not going to do it.

How in the world can I get this dog to poop? She will urinate, if she is desperate enough, but even then...it's a struggle. I don't have time to stand out there all day with her and wait for her to do her business. When she has peed outside, she gotten tons of praise, but I haven't even been able to praise her for going poopies because she won't do it.

SO frustrated.
 

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We have one tiny little baby tree in the backyard. It's a fairly new house that we just moved into this weekend. She was never over at our apartment. She just came straight from the foster home to here. But, she could snap that tree if she wanted. She's really strong.

I really can't wait out there for an hour or so like a bunch of websites on Google said to do. I could continue to take her out for 10-15 minutes at a time and if she isn't going to go, she can go back in her crate for a little while and we can try it all over again.

Thanks for letting me vent. I think I needed to just vent a bit about it. Now that my head is a bit clearer, I'm not so frustrated with it.

I've already put a call into the vet to see what I can do to help her. That has to be uncomfortable. So, we'll see what he says.

Flash is doing WONDERFUL! He is the best dog. I'm so glad we adopted him. Now, if I can get Dash to just go potty, we'd all be able to enjoy her a bit more. /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/smile.gif
 

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Talking to your vet is a wise move because she must be constipated for whatever reason. It could be a number of things like stress or change in diet etc. but I would be worried if one of my dogs hadn't pooped in 5 days.

Sherry doesn't pee or poop anywhere near as much as Rosa but she does go every day. Like Dash it's a struggle to get her to pee but I figure that if she needs to go she will and if she doesn't she won't and I have given up fretting about it. She has never had an accident in the house so like Dash she's just one of these dogs that just doesn't feel the need that often.
 

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They also have metal stakes you can put in the ground and put a run on.

I agree with Jennifer, at least call the vet and let them know she isn't pooping [outside].
 

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I'm not sure how old Dash is...I've been out of the loop for a week or so.

One idea...and it might be out in left field but what do you have to loose?

How about stimulating her? About 30 minutes after she eats, grab a moist, warm cloth and gently rub her poop-hole. Once the cloth gets cool, rewarm it and repeat.

The reason I suggest this is that mommy animals usually lick their babies who are very young to stimulate poop. In wildlife, any animal that still has it's eyes closed are stimulated after they eat.

It's a very primal thing but maybe if you do it where she is supposed to go, it will click. Just a suggestion.

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The vet should be calling back sometime soon. /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/smile.gif I'll ask him what I can do. Thanks for the idea about the stakes. I will probably install those, even when the fence is in. She's extremely agile and can climb most fences. So, with a few modifications once the fence is in, she should be able to just go out and do it on her own.

I think she might be a bit overwhelmed. Here's the neighbor dog situation. On one side of us, the neighbors have 3 pomeranians and a Chow Chow. To the back of us, the neighbors have a Golden Retriever, a Papillon, 2 Yorkies and little Black Lab puppy. ALL of them bark every time we go out there. Both Flash and Dash are pretty laid back and mellow. Dash will occasionally bark, but nothing over the top. She's pretty unsure of things still and I think the other new dogs barking all the time might make her a bit nervous. Poor thing. One of the Poms blew through the Invisible Fence today and scared her so bad. Came at her with teeth snarling and hackles raised. I like the neighbors, just don't like their dogs. To Dash's credit, (and Flash's) they're both so even keeled. They get along with everyone (except the rabbits and squirrels). /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/wink.gif
 

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She's about 2 1/2 years old, but that's not a bad idea. Not sure how much she would like me for that, :hi: but it's worth a shot. I'm willing to try anything to get her to go. She doesn't poop...period. I keep hoping that the next time I take her out will be the one where she breaks down and goes. I hope I'll have good news for you all by the end of today.
 

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I don't know what could be wrong. I have never had a problem with Lucky pooping. It's pooping outside that was an issue. I do hope it all works out. Please keep us updated!
 

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I'd rule out anything physical and then praise the heck out of her whenever she finally goes. Hopefully she is just a bashful pooper.

My Bagel was a real bashful pooper and once held it for 3 days until I learned the trick of letting him go behind a bush and boy did he talk a dump! I learned to give him a little slack on his lead and let him go around a corner of a building or behind a bush and he takes care of business. I had him for several years before he felt comfortable enough to defecate in front of me.

If I remember correctly, Dash is also rescue and she might have rescue baggage. She may not want to go even when she really has to until she learns it is OK. Patience, love and time will solve any non-physical problems.
 

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Quote:Originally posted by bob:
My Bagel was a real bashful pooper and once held it for 3 days until I learned the trick of letting him go behind a bush and boy did he talk a dump!
Yep! I also have a bashful pooper, and he is also a rescue. Like Bob's Bagel, my Calvin would only go poo in the high weeds, with his back turned. That lasted over a year, but he still doesn't like anyone to watch :freak:

My other thought: Most dogs prefer to defecate FAR from their living area. If Dash is being harrassed from all sides, AND prefers to be farther from the house....that might be your problem.....she's just holding it until she can't hold it anymore.

Hang in there.....what goes in, MUST come out (sometime) /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/smile.gif
 

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Yep, check me off on the bashful pooper side of opinions. :eyes:
Megan had leg surgery in Jan. and had to be on a leash or in a pen for the 1st 8 weeks. We had never had bathroom problems before, but with someone watching she became our shrinking violet almost over night.
Keep in mind it is below freezing and the wind is blowing in Jan & Feb and neither of us are happy campers since we broke records for snow amount this winter. :thumbup:

Something like that might work for you but you have the added problem of the visiting dogs. You might have to stand guard duty to get the job done. Good luck - been there, done that, got the t-shirt.
 

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Ahh this is my area of expertise! First thing is that Dash is obviously a "bashful pooper" like many dogs. My Spencer is! he will only poop in our yard. Since this is new to Dash it will take time for him to get adjusted to his surroundings. There apparently is no "hiding" place for him to potty like a tree and all the neighbor dogs are watching him! LOL.
If I were you I would start Dash on a high fiber diet. Add some whole wheat rice to his food or anything that will stimulate his poopie!
Or you can do like me and give him a enema!!! It will work I can 100% guarantee it.
 

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She FINALLY did it last night, after constantly walking her around the yard in circles for about 25 minutes. She still has a hard time peeing on leash, but I'm sure she feels a lot better. This at least gives me some hope that she will get over it. Thanks for the suggestions. They really helped A LOT! :thumbup:
 

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A lot of dogs, especially rescues in a new home, have issues going potty. I would say that strange surroundings combined with all those barking dogs around were probably a bit overwhelming. I'm glad that she finally went.

As for the bashful pooper, Jersey is one too. She will only go by the edge of the pond with her back turned to us. Even when she goes to stay with her sister in Orlando, she goes all the way to the far side of the yard and keeps her back turned. LOL!
 
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