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First outside walks & potty habits
Hello again from Mucho!
He recently completed the final set of vaccinations and after some waiting period we can finally walk him properly. He's been *very* good at that - we have him on a quite short leash and he never tugs or misbehaves in any sense.
We are a bit unsure though about re-training him to save up pee/poop for when we go outside, instead of going on his pad on the balcony.
Our morning ritual now is, we get dressed immediately, open his crate and put on the leash and walk out immediately outside to have a short (15-20 minute) walk around.
There is a nice grass patch almost next to our front door which is frequented by other dogs and he loves to smell and pee there. However, when we return home he will immediately go to his pad and drop some pee (he will strain himself to do so) and poop. If we go on a really long walk he will sometimes just poo while we walk - we only notice because he stopped and the leash is tight.
Now, we aren't quite good on because on a walk schedule. Is 3 times per day (morning, noon, evening) enough? How about feeding, do we do before or after (for morning and evening).
I'm fine and in fact would like keeping the balcony pee-pad as an option, but really want him to understand he should save up for outside.
(I have another post I want to make about marking, but I believe at almost 5 months he is starting to exhibit that as well - especially on the just-laid-down carpets!)