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Question Potty at night

Hmmm.. for the past couple nights, Beamer has been refusing to go #2 during last call just before bed time. Does he not need to go? Or is he just being lazy?? I'm worried that he will crap in his crate or need to go out at 3am..lol.. He has been able to hold it till morning time.. SO FAR... I just do not want to set him up for an accident.

Any good ways to make him go #2?

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Ryan,

You could always squat in the yard and grunt!

(just kidding!)

Well, sometimes Guccho only needs to go once a day, especially if she has eaten less or skipped meal(s). Is he eating less on those days? You could try taking him to where is old poo is and maybe he'd get the hint that way?

But a 3am poop session would not set well with me. I've always heard for humans that warm liquids or a heating pad can help move things along, so maybe that would work with the constipated dog? I haven't had to try those things yet...but I wouldn't worry unless he didn't poop for a whole day, if he's going atleast once then things are still moving!

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He is going 2 times a day. But going before bedtime always makes me feel better, so i know he will be fine the entire night.. but lately he does not feel like doing it. Which is fine i guess! He is actually probably eating more than before...

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Hmmm.. for the past couple nights, Beamer has been refusing to go #2 during last call just before bed time. Does he not need to go? Or is he just being lazy?? I'm worried that he will crap in his crate or need to go out at 3am..lol.. He has been able to hold it till morning time.. SO FAR... I just do not want to set him up for an accident.

Any good ways to make him go #2?

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Hi Ryan,
It sounds like he just doesn't have to go at that time. If he's not waking you up, I'd leave well enough alone. If you really need to make a dog have a bowel movement, you can stick a paper match stick up in them for a short time and that usually stimulates things.

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I think they lose their appetite on really hot days? Has it been hot/humid where you are?

Sometimes, mine will just take one really big poop in the morning and that's it for the day. But I am like you, I like her to go before bed too! I completely understand. Last night, me and hubby took her out 3-4 times before bed, but she just didn't have to go.

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you can stick a paper match stick up in them for a short time and that usually stimulates things.
Jan, are you serious....I couldn't help laughing and I sure don't want to share with my co-workers why I'm laughing. Okay, why a matchstick as opposed to anything else of similar size and shape?
I could just see myself telling my husband to hold the dog while I insert a paper match stick.....aren't there doggy laxatives on the market.

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Biscuit is 10months old and sometimes goes only once a day now. When it is first thing in the morning and then by that night before bed he hasn't gone again I get anxious, but so far he has never had an accident. He also seems to have a big bladder for a Havanese, in the AM after 8-10 hrs in his crate, he kinda forgets to go unless I keep at him. I think you have to trust that they know what they're doing, as long as you give them opportunities to toilet just before bedtime.
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Jan, are you serious....I couldn't help laughing and I sure don't want to share with my co-workers why I'm laughing. Okay, why a matchstick as opposed to anything else of similar size and shape?
I could just see myself telling my husband to hold the dog while I insert a paper match stick.....aren't there doggy laxatives on the market.

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I had the same reaction that you're having
If you use a wooden match stick that could leave splinters. OUCH!
I learned about it from others who show their dogs. They use it so that their dogs don't go potty in the ring. I haven't tried it, but some swear by it.

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I a breeder that used the match rule to housebreak her st. poodles. Everyone of her pups went to their new home's housebroken ( well, well on their way ). That was the first I had heard that method, it was about 10 yrs ago.
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Ok, typo, "I knew a breeder" I am not sure what I wrote...
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