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    Default My boy wont wee or poop outside his yard

    Hi All,

    As the title says.......I have had him for 2 months now, walk him a minimun of two times a day.
    He is a 6 month old Kelpie x Lab.
    Has anyone else been in my shoes.

    The only thing that worries me is if he is doing himself damage by holding onto it too long, especially if we go out for the whole day or worse the weekend.

    Any advise or help appreciated please.

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    Not really sure on this one...

    My dog prefers to poop away from home and off lead too. So if we go for a walk and she doesn't get the right off lead time - she will poop about a block before we get home - even tho that usually means I bag it and carry it home anyway.

    But she will poop at home too. I have a sort of cue for it or a word I connect with the activity so she knows that's what I want. Really helpful when we're at dog agility competitions and I want her to go somewhere more appropriate than the middle of the ring.

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    Ive had a dog that did this. However, a w/e camping sorted that little phobia out.
    as you have a male dog, the risks of a urinary tract infection are tiny. And the bowels dont care eventually where the dog is.

    If the dog is in discomfort, it should be showing you the discomfort of holding a wee, or poo, dogs do the 'i need to go dance' just different to us. Look for panting, pacing, sniffing, circling.

    Not sure if you are up to this remaining info or suggestions and im cool with you not being:
    farting more, and smellier, usually means the turd is in the lower bowel, and a smooth butt dog, can bulge if the turd has descended lower into the rectum, and he's holding it.

    Dose him with laxative, ensure dog has access to water, keep dog indoors 1hr and then take him out. and stay out till it happens. And then your dog gets a jackpot bonanza of a reward, as you do a happy dance or whatever you need to do, to praise the heck out of dog.

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    Thanks all,
    He is showing no signs of stress so I guess I need not worry.
    Hopefully as you say a w/e away will get him sorted.

    I have even tried to take him straight from his bed inside in the morning out for a walk and he still doesnt pee until we get back home!!!

    Hyacinth, I would love to know what the cue word is

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    a cue word is like a command word. "sit", "drop", "come" are all cue words.

    You want the dog to connect a behaviour eg poop, with a word of your choice - eg "mr rabbit" comes to mind at the moment but I tend to just say what my brain has already connected which is "shitnapiss"

    Ideally you add the cue word after you've got a behaviour ie you've been working on "shaping" something by rewarding it each time the dog does it. So now the dog starts offering it up (not so good with a pee-poop if you're not in the right spot). And then you add a label which is the "cue" word.

    But with pees and poops... I just go out to "the spot" with the dog on lead if necessary, and wait and act boring but repeat the word or repeat it as the action starts... ie you could try that at home - take him out on lead and when he starts the job, say your word, over and over, so he's doing and your saying... and do that every time for a week maybe. And then try saying the word when you're out. Pick a spot that is like where your dog goes at home.

    I know some farm dog bitsas that like to go under a bush - cos they feel safer that way. So close to a bush or under a tree or near a fence under a tree - where the dog can't be swooped or easily interrupted by other dogs might be a good spot. Say the word and wait. If he goes, heaps praise and pat.

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    Thanks Hyacinth,

    I never thought of that!!!
    He readily goes in his spot at home so I will crank the cue word out and then use it outside his yard!!!

    Thanks heaps

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    Do update us with what happens

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    Not much to update except we had a wee!!!

    It was at my parents house in their back yard.
    I have noticed he sniffs much more around poles and trees on our walks of late though

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    AT teenage, his natural instinct to pee over the top of every pee he smells will kick in.

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    And we have poop!!!
    LOL he looked guilty as he was in the middle of it though right in the middle of an oval.
    Funny looks from other dog owners as I was praising him so much.
    Now we can go away without worry of exploding puppy hehe.

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