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post #1 of 49 (permalink) Old 01-28-2017, 08:36 AM Thread Starter
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I am having an issue with Bodie. He's 7 months old now. He was perfectly potty trained until he got a little tummy issue and pooped in the house overnight. Now he's holding his poo and going during the night. I walk him twice a day 20-30 min each walk, his last meal is 6:00 pm. The last time I take him out at night is around 10:30. I am going to start putting him in his crate again during the night. I know it will be hard and him and me as he is used to sleeping in our room and in our bed, but I don't know what else to do. Has anyone else had this issue with their Hav?

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Ricky evacuates his bowels anywhere from 2 to 4 times a day, depending on - how active he's been, what he has been eating, where he is, the weather (he isn't a fan of rain), and other factors. We take him out for a 20 minute walk around 7:30 pm and he will poop om the walk about 50% of the time. He then checks out for the night when we get back by curling up in his day bed in our library while we watch TV, read, or work on our computers. I put him to bed in his crate in our bedroom around 10 pm when I go to bed. I ALWAYS give Ricky a bedtime cookie (a slice of dehydrated banana) after he enthusiastically runs into his crate (and Ricky is eternally thankful to Tia Karen for this tip). He sleeps quietly all night in his crate but he knows we are nearby because he can hear our "night noises" and occasional goings. We get him up about 6:30 am and take him outside immediately and he will usually poop about 50% of the time depending on what happened yesterday.

I prefer that Ricky sleep in a crate at night, and for that matter Ricky prefers it too. I don't want him prowling around the house while we sleep, too many things to get into mischief. I don't want to step on him in the semi-dark if I need to get up in the night.

I would put Bodie's crate in my bedroom and insist he sleep there at night. I would give him a small bedtime cookie. He might complain the first couple of nights, but that will soon stop. I have confidence that his nighttime pooping will stop too. It's like hitting the "reset" button on your computer.

Well, it is near 6:30 am and time to get Ricky up. We didn't take Ricky out for his walk last night because the wind was blowing hard and the windchill had to be in the 20's. Ricky had a piece of bully stick around 6pm yesterday for TGIF and it works like a mild laxative on him. There is a 100% chance that Ricky will poop this morning. He has a BIG day ahead of him.

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Thanks for the info. We will reintroduce the crate tonight. Also going to add a third walk around 7:00 pm. Fingers crossed!!

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Thanks for the info. We will reintroduce the crate tonight. Also going to add a third walk around 7:00 pm. Fingers crossed!!
And, Ricky gets a cookie when he poops outside (that's the only place he does poop so he can get that cookie). Good luck.

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I used to have a Cavalier who would absolutely not poop outside if it was raining. I posted a question about this on my fancy AOL message boards (yes, this was the 1990's) and people who were into dog shows suggested I gently insert a matchstick into his rectum (not very far and no, don't light it). I guess it is a disqualification for the dog to poo in the ring, so they learned ways to make them go beforehand. I know this sounds crazy, but it works like a charm.

Recently we had a 3-day streak of raining and Mayzie wouldn't poop outside, so I used the trusty old matchstick and again, it worked like a charm.

Desperate times call for desperate measures. Maybe you can use the matchstick to make him get back on schedule.


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I used to have a Cavalier who would absolutely not poop outside if it was raining. I posted a question about this on my fancy AOL message boards (yes, this was the 1990's) and people who were into dog shows suggested I gently insert a matchstick into his rectum (not very far and no, don't light it). I guess it is a disqualification for the dog to poo in the ring, so they learned ways to make them go beforehand. I know this sounds crazy, but it works like a charm.

Recently we had a 3-day streak of raining and Mayzie wouldn't poop outside, so I used the trusty old matchstick and again, it worked like a charm.

Desperate times call for desperate measures. Maybe you can use the matchstick to make him get back on schedule.
you can't be serious? For God's sake , if you have this problem , provide an indoor option.

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you can't be serious? For God's sake , if you have this problem , provide an indoor option.
Some people DO do it, Dave. It is NOT an NQ in conformation, and it is NEVER a "DQ" in any sport... the only thing that leads to a "Disqualification" in any sport is a dog attacking another dog or a person.

HOWEVER it is CERTAINLY not something Ii would EVER do, or suggest. Train your dog where and when pottying is appropriate. IMO a dog who is eliminating where they shouldn't is a people problem, not a dog problem, unless the dog is sick and can't help it. Even then, I have to say, the few times Kodi has been sick, he has gotten himself outside EVERY time. He even vomits in the litter box, and I never taught him that!

In the case of the OP, this is a puppy, who is still learning. He needs to be taught, not have things stuck up his butt.


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it's obvious people do this. It 's ABUSE .

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Thanks for everyone's input. I'm crating him at night and that seems to be working. I think he needed a reset so to speak. I will keep him in the crate during the night for the time being. Probably shouldn't have stopped using it. Live and learn!
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This makes me laugh because I remember how shocked I was when I first heard these people say it. You do WHAT? I remember wonder why a matchstick? But they swore by it, and obviously you don't shove the whole thing all the way up there, just the little tip. Your reaction is so visceral that I think you must misunderstand and be imagining shoving an entire matchstick up there.

ETA: So y'all don't think I'm crazy, do a quick Google. http://www.askthedogguy.com/match-to-produce-dog-poop/


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