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Brody is totally resistant to going to the bathroom in new areas.

When we drove across British Columbia (and part of Alberta) he would NOT go at any place I stopped and held it until we hit the hotel and I got his Ugodog out and ready for him. I think next time I do it, I'll have his Ugodog more easily accessible to get out at wherever I stop.

At home he uses the Ugodog. At work he goes outside. He has his spots he wants to go to. When it first snowed he was not happy at losing his familiar terrain and refused to go. I hate it when this happens because then he's not safe to let out of his Xpen at work when I know he definitely has to go, but hasn't.

After a while he got used to going on snow. Now the snow is melting and it's mud puddle season so a lot of the areas he likes to go are bogs and we aren't going in there, so he has limited spots I'll take him to plus the snow is gone and he's just not happy about the "new" surfaces. So, we've been back to me taking him out and him refusing to go. Some days he's held it until 3:30 or 4 before finally deigning to go! Normally he likes to go about every 3 hours.

I know this will pass, just like it did when the snow season started. It sort of makes me laugh because it's just so quirky and so very typically Brody.

Anyone else have Havs that are like this?

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Sissy does the same thing when it's raining outside...she will hold it all day until 5 or 6 that night...I don't know how she does it
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yup, Tillie will only pee on grass or rocks. LOL
I had to take her with me to a hotel last summer and she would NOT pee anywhere, I was a nervous wreck fearing she would go IN the room! I really, REALLY wish she would have taken to peeing on the potty patch I tried to train her with when she first came home!

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yeah Tracy , the joys of the Canadian winters. Especially where you are. It is tough because by eight weeks puppies generally have developed a preference for substrates on which to eliminate,or at least should have been trained to use a certain substrate. Everyone should from day one when getting a new puppy encourage it to learn other subtrates to use. Multiple options is always easier to live with. Sometimes simply gathering spent urine from their usual area and applying it to a new area is enough to get them going sort of speak. Always reward big time when they go in an appropriate area. They need options sometimes and feedback when they get it right. Even getting another dog to pee in your target area can cause them to mark there as well and can aid in this learning process. Remember , no punishment for mistakes. I have a few articles if you want to email me privately.

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Leyla pees and poops inside and outside.
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