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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 08-11-2008, 08:10 AM Thread Starter
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For two months now, we've had a new addition to our family. We've added a 7 year old female Havanese who was a show dog at first and then had 4 litters. She's been a good companion to our 1 year old Bella but I'm beginning to think there are certain characteristics common in dogs who showed and then had litters that aren't in a "family" dogs. But that doesn't concern my question.

My problem: DaniGirl goes out in the morning (to our fenced backyard) after sleeping 8 hours and will not urinate. I take Bella out on a leash and DaniGirl goes out with us (she doesn't like a leash--even on our walks). Bella goes about her business but Dani just stands and stares. This morning we were out 20 minutes and Dani did nothing but stand. We came in, she ate a little, we went back out and after 10 more minutes, she finally urinated.

She doesn't display UTI symptoms. She drinks water during the day. She can get very playful. She eats and her coat is healthy.

I don't know why she doesn't have to urinate right away. It doesn't seem right.
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I wouldn't worry about it. I leave Bogart and Brando alone for 10hrs when I'm at work. When I get home Brando pees right away as soon as I take them out. Bogart on the other hand is in no rush. He likes to walk unti he finds the perfect spot and will only then pee. Sometimes it only takes 5 min and other times it could take 10-15min. You would think holding it for 10hrs he would be bursting at the seams!

Same goes for the morning walks. More than likely being a show dog, she learned to hold your bladder.

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Congrats on the new addition! I wouldn't worry too much. Shamouti is young so he needs to pee fairly soon after waking, but Rufus might pee at 8 or 9 at night and in the morning he's in no hurry to go out! He lets me know when he needs to go and that works out just fine.
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These replies have been a big help. I, too, thought the show dog history was a factor. I just wanted to make sure there wasn't something else bothering her. With all the Havanese rescues of older dogs, maybe there needs to be a few discussions about older dogs and their habits/personalities.

My husband, who thought we were getting our first (Bella) for me, now says, "Wouldn't it be neat to have three?" These Havanese are addictive!
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my 2 and a half year old Jasper holds it till he's good an ready. Cash goes right away in the morning in the back yard. But Jasper prefers to hold it for another hour or so til my DH takes them on their walk. I think she is probably just fine.




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Hey what fun. She's probably just got a super bladder - I know after having kids that moms really learn to hold it since they are so busy - probably the same with a dog that's had a few litters. LOL But just to be on the safe side, why not talk with her breeder and find out what's normal. Maybe she's use to a different set up or time? After that maybe a quick call to your vet. My only concern is that if they hold it for too long it can encourage bacteria and she'll end up with a UTI or bladder infection. But most likely not to worry.


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I have the same problem with our Chelsie who is 5 months old. She has been with us two weeks now. Cazzie will go out and do his business right away. Chelsie just looks around. The only time I can get her to go fairly quickly is when she gets up in the morning. I was thinking it may because she was kenneled until we got her two weeks ago. Perhaps she learned to hold it. It would sure be nice if I could get her to go like Cazzie does.

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Dusty always goes right away and Indie can and will hold it forever! I have gotten tired of standing out in the yard to make sure she goes so that she doesn't have an accident in the house. What has finally started working for us (just in the last couple of days) is treats. Indie loves green beans and we have started rewarding her for "Go potty" success with a bean. This has sped up the process greatly for us!
You might try teaching her to potty on command if waiting for her to get around to it is a problem.

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Todd's still a puppy but I've trained him to pee/poop when we first go outside.
When he came home he would sometimes play in the yard for 10-15 minutes before doing his thing.
I started sticking him in his X-pen outside and would say "go potty" and ignore him until he went.
Now he pee's within 10 seconds of being put in the pen....then it's playtime...really nice for those rainy Washington days

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