by Just Lynne

# 1. 10/19/13 9:45 PM by Tom Dey - Springwater, NY
Hi Lynne, Some dogs are naturally meticulous when it comes to where to do #1 and #2. I was able to quickly teach our Labs (as youngsters) to not only avoid the house, but also do #2 in the woods 10 feet from the lawn and away from the house. They were meticulous about that - even in the winter! Our Shih-Tzus are completely ignorant in that respect. Our little pug boy never does #2 indoors, but has to wear a "belly band" else he treats every chair leg like a fire hydrant. My daughter (dog trainer) says there are artificial turf things that are washable with a hose or something like that. Seems that might just exchange one problem for another, though... I'm sure your new dog will quickly fall in love with you! We VERY NEARLY adopted a 5th dog yesterday, but (sadly and prudently) declined. Tom

Editor's Note: The problem I am having, Tom, is that she hasn't done #1 or #2 in over 24 hours! Today she is lethargic and won't eat and I am getting really worried. Never heard of a dog who won't go, at this point I am at my wits end! I don't care where she goes as long as she goes!

# 2. 10/20/13 8:24 AM by Tom Dey - Springwater, NY
Now you got ME worried! The stress of the move could have constipated and dehydrated her. A visit to the vet would be prudent if the problem persists...ESPECIALLY if not urinating. A blockage there can quickly back up and poison. Most common in neutered males. I've heard that flying can dehydrate - even for pets. Is the crisis over?!

Editor's Note: I think I will call the vet tomorrow, Tom, if she doesn't pee pretty soon. Poor thing, she came to me from a big farm in Oregon that had peacocks and donkeys and llamas and about 30 Papillons, here to live with an old lady in a quiet house, it must be pretty stressful for her even though her owner felt she needed a quiet house where she would be the Princess. She is not spayed yet either so I have to watch for any un-neutered beagles running around out here!

# 3. 10/20/13 8:52 AM by Marilyn
thumbsup.gif It is like the first days home with a new baby -- but given time you will make it!! Sweet Petunia's dog will get the trembles when she is nervous as well... but she has turned into a great dog and companion. Thanks for sharing.

Editor's Note: Marilyn, it is exactly like having a new baby in my house, even though she is 4! Brings back memories from my past for sure. Even worrying about the poop and pee problem! LOL

# 4. 10/20/13 10:35 AM by Albert 1
I am not a veterinarian and am not trying to be funny so take what I Am about to say as a sincere response to a problem I recall hearing about including the simple but messy first aid solution for it until you can get to a vet. Btw I know there are clinics with Sunday hours as I recall having to use one a few years ago for a small dog.

Fecal matter can become impacted in dogs due to the swelling of scent glands in the related area.

Those the swelling in those glands can be reduced by massaging them with lubricated finger while the animal is being held from squirming too much.

Perhaps someone else reading this is familiar with both the procedure and the condition that requires treating it as mentioned.

Editor's Note: I think I'll just take her to the vet tomorrow, Albert, I wouldn't want to take a chance with my finger - I might hurt her in some way. I'm hoping she will be able to go pretty soon, but if not, I have a phone and know his number by heart after all I went through with JoJo.

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