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How often do you walk your dog? We take them on 2, a big one in the morning and a small one last night. I noticed that Roo will not relieve herself on walks, she will wait until we come home and go instantly in her own yard....Like last night she peed 3x as soon as we got in our own yard, so I know she must have had to go pretty bad. Part of teh point of a walk is to exercise but also to "go"....Is there a way to teach her that its ok or is she just picky? I don't care either way but it just seems odd...Quincy will go on everyone's grass, on every pole, one every hydrant lol..and he's neutered.
 

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Females instinctively do not relieve themselves away from home if they are not sure of the area. It is a protective measure--males mark to show their territory, females are trying to keep the trail back to their den unknown--is how they keep litters safe. Just take her out more--away in the car to another area entirely works best at first. When she does go, lots of praise and a treat. :smile:
 

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I tell my sister to walk Enzo every day for 45 mins but that never happens he goes out 3-4 times a day for short potty breaks. They do equal 40mins but he needs continuous exercise for a while. Some times I put him on the treadmill but I haven't since I been running around back in forth to school.

On weekends we hike or take him to the dog park when he gets home he is so tired and stops acting like a crazy dog in our apt. lol
 

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Females instinctively do not relieve themselves away from home if they are not sure of the area. It is a protective measure--males mark to show their territory, females are trying to keep the trail back to their den unknown--is how they keep litters safe. Just take her out more--away in the car to another area entirely works best at first. When she does go, lots of praise and a treat. :smile:

Oh I didn't know that...Have had females before but they were small enough to be litter box trained, so I never gave it a second thought when they didn't go on walks either. This is my first experience outside training a female.

And I don't really care that she won't go anywhere but our property I just thought t was kinda weird...guess not lol.
 

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Females instinctively do not relieve themselves away from home if they are not sure of the area. It is a protective measure--males mark to show their territory, females are trying to keep the trail back to their den unknown--is how they keep litters safe. Just take her out more--away in the car to another area entirely works best at first. When she does go, lots of praise and a treat. :smile:
I'm just curious where you found that information, thats a new one to me.
 

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I'm just curious where you found that information, thats a new one to me.

I was taught that many decades ago by a friend who studied wild canine lives, in particular wolves and coyotes. She raised some in semi-wild pens as well as following them through northern BC in the wild. That was something--in the days before reliable radio collars. She compared her findings with domestic dogs raised in semi-pack situation-- working huskies.

In the intervening years, I have noticed female dogs much more likely to hold their urine until home unless gone for a long period, whereas the males, neutered or not, like to dab a little urine on every "sign" post any other dog may have used--5 ft or 5 miles from home. Thus, the male announces his or the packs' territory. :smile: Granted, some dominant females act in a similar manner, but I am talking in general terms here.
 

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My girls walk for a mile round the streets in the morning, pee breaks throughout the day and run for half an hour on the meadows each evening. We also do agility 3 or 4 times a week and obedience training. Both seem to mark their territory with tiny pees when away from home. When in season, they seem to mark over certain dogs. I think they know the difference between entire and neutered dogs.
 

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Well it must pay to question these things, we went for our walk tonight and she pooped along the way !!!!
 

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Happy poop patrol. :smile: As to urine, as I said in my first post, they try not to go in areas they are not sure of. They will certainly mark a bit of territory that they are familiar with, and use any means at their disposal to encourage males when they are in heat. :lol: I like to train any dog to go on command from day one, then no matter where you are it just isn't an issue.
 

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I was taught that many decades ago by a friend who studied wild canine lives, in particular wolves and coyotes. She raised some in semi-wild pens as well as following them through northern BC in the wild. That was something--in the days before reliable radio collars. She compared her findings with domestic dogs raised in semi-pack situation-- working huskies.

In the intervening years, I have noticed female dogs much more likely to hold their urine until home unless gone for a long period, whereas the males, neutered or not, like to dab a little urine on every "sign" post any other dog may have used--5 ft or 5 miles from home. Thus, the male announces his or the packs' territory. :smile: Granted, some dominant females act in a similar manner, but I am talking in general terms here.
I was just curious for research purposes. I couldn't find anything refferencing that idea in my materials. Even went up into the attic (ewww spiders!!) and hauled down a bunch of older published materials and couldn't find anything there either. I even e-mail a couple of other trainers in the area as well as one in Tampa and they hadn't heard of it either. The behaviorist in tampa said it might apply to wild or simi wild packs but certainly not the average domestic dog. I just found the concept extremely interesting. I'm such a book worm when it comes to stuff like that. I like nothing better than to get given a subject and an endless amount of time to research it. Do you think those observations are published anywhere?
 
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