Guest PghGrey Posted February 9, 2012 Share Posted February 9, 2012 Hi All, My husband and I just adopted (as in picked him up last night!) a 4 yr. old male grey male, Rigel (formerly M's Bright Star). Rigel spent the last 4.5 weeks in a foster home with a fenced yard, where I believe he did much of his pooping. It seems Rigel is pretty shy about doing pooping on leash. My husband and I are in the process of obtaining estimates to install a fence, but it certainly won't be up before he needs to poop again (haha)! Plus, we think that pooping on leash is a good skill that will come in handy while traveling or visiting others away from home. Our new guy seemed a bit distressed last night and this A.M. and it seemed clear he was trying to tell us that he needed something. He had also produced a really runny-looking stool at the foster's right before we brought him home so, we were extra concerned about him going. We took him out multiple times walking him around for at least 20 minutes at a time to no avail. This morning after three such outings within an hour and half he relieved himself inside as soon as he got a moment of privacy. (Would you believe he did it on the only small, machine washable, bathroom-style rug in the whole downstairs? -- what a good boy!) My gut tells me that if we can get him to produce on leash and have the opportunity to prasise him up, that that spades will be broken and we will be in the clear. Any suggestions for how we can help convince him that it is OK to go on leash? Has anyone had success by creating more space between human and dog for this activity (i.e., using a harnass and a longer lead)? My other option it seems is to not afford him any privacy in the house when we are home and re-introduce the crate for times when we are away so that he will finally, eventually have to go on leash. He had not been crated for about the last 3 weeks at the foster house. The foster mom said that going in the crate seemed to stress him out and that he was doing great confined to their living and dining areas when they were not at home. Thanks for reading and for any thoughts or advice you may have! Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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