What Happens to Your Dog’s Body When You Make Them Wait

Here’s why dog owners should not make their dogs wait

Everyone has to go potty. But not every potty area is convenient, especially for a dog. Most owners have to take their dog outside to potty, whether it’s out in the yard or out for walks. Regardless of where, the question is always- when?

The body naturally wants to eliminate waste. But what happens when we don’t let it? What happens when we don’t permit our dog to regularly take care of their physical necessities? Not only is it harmful, but it’s just plain mean not to let your dog potty when they need to. Consider if you had to hold in your bowel movements for a long time. Wouldn’t you feel uncomfortable? Perhaps even in pain?

Every good dog owner understands the importance of letting their dog take care of nature’s call, but it’s just as important to understand why.

Age and size matters

Not all dog’s bodies are designed the same, and every dog has different habits. As for puppies, they should not be forced to hold their potty for any longer than two hours. It goes up an hour after their first birthday. For the most part, three hours is a good schedule of elimination for the average adult dog and eight hours is the maximum hold time. Senior dogs tend to have less bladder control as well, so be sure you address their timely needs.

Do keep in mind that if you have to go, it’s likely your dog has to go too. This is one of the best ways to gauge potty time for your dog because it acts as a regular reminder about what’s necessary.

Feeding and drinking schedules play a part in potty needs. If they eat, they will need to potty, usually within the hour. Dogs are creatures of habit and will regularly need, or at least want, to go out during specific times of the day.

Physics apply- namely larger dogs have a higher bladder capacity than smaller dogs. Small dogs, therefore, need to be provided potty opportunities more often.

The waiting one

As far as your dog is concerned, they show signs whenever they need to potty. Circling, pawing at the door, coming to get your attention are all signs. A dog relies on their owner to help them fulfill a happy day. Initially, a dog feels the need to urinate when their bladder is half-full. The body senses the swelling of the bladder and informs the dog that it’s ready to be relieved. A dog may start to show signs of needing to go before it is vital that they go. This is to give you adequate time to make arrangements to allow them to relieve themselves.

Remember that if they can’t eliminate in the proper area, they will do so wherever they feel most secure- such as behind furniture. This is mostly because they understand that what they’ve done isn’t according to the rules, but as far as their body is concerned, they needed to do what is only natural.

Obstruction of potty time

The important thing to know is that when a dog is forced to hold their potty for extended periods, it can cause physical damage to their body.

A dog that can’t potty will often avoid eating or drinking as well, resulting in dehydration and malnutrition. If your dog isn’t eating, it could be because they are sick, but it is often due to constipation. Rawhide bones have a tendency to build up in the intestines, causing blockages. If they can’t potty for long periods, it can result in an impacted colon, requiring laxatives or even surgery to remove and repair the damage.

The bladder is something completely different. A bladder infection, or cystitis, is an inflammation of the bladder due to bacterial or fungal infection. When your dog is forced to hold their urine for extended periods, it gives the urine time to build bacteria. Resulting infections can occur which will only cause your dog to need to potty more frequently until treated properly.

Give them an option if you can’t be there to provide the opportunity. If you spend long hours away from home, consider an indoor litter box so they can potty at their own leisure. This will help keep them from overwhelming their body or even secretly eliminating behind the couch.

Some dogs can hold it in for a long time, but that doesn’t mean that it’s okay for them to. Take care of your dog properly and make sure they stay happy and healthy.

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And Baby Makes Four

You and your spouse have been enjoying life with your lovable pup, and now it is time to make an addition to your household. A child is a special gift, and with them, great changes in life will come to pass. This doesn’t mean that your canine companion has to go anywhere though. Life will change for them too, but you can make it a positive experience for them with some preparations.

Begin adjusting your pup for the future

When you first get the good news, it is time to begin adjusting your pup for the future. The house will need to be set up with new territories. A baby and your pup should not be alone together where the baby will be sleeping or playing. Gate the doors off so that your pup will begin to adjust to not having access to these rooms when your baby does arrive. During meal times, consider barring rooms that will be used for feeding to build a habitual schedule for your pup. It will be a good idea to create a safe zone for your pup with either a cage or a room to themselves. Toys, food and water should be available to them here, and consider leaving them in there during certain times of the day to help them adjust. Don’t make the room or cage a “bad” place for them, interact with them still and make sure they are entertained. Slowly adjusting them to the change is best for your pup and will keep them from being “startled” by the radical change of a newcomer.

Introduce baby equipment

photoBegin introducing baby equipment as early as possible. Items like strollers, swings and cribs will change a pup’s environment. This is especially important for older dogs that have some difficulty seeing. The new furniture and environment will slowly adjust the pup to the new changes. You should also consider finding or downloading “baby sounds.” Play the sounds throughout the day to get your pup used to the sounds a baby is going to make. Playing with your pup while this is going on will positively reinforce familiarity with these sounds. One of your pup’s other great senses is “smell.” Begin using baby lotions and powders on yourself so that your pup will become familiar with you and the way the baby is going to smell. While introducing your pup to all these changes, remember to set special times aside for them each day so that they will know that you are not forgetting them.

Manage the meeting and interactions

Once the baby arrives, it may be a good idea to let your pup stay with a friend for the first few days while you get settled in. When your pup returns, though it may be difficult, make sure that you still spend time with them. This keeps your pup’s anxiety levels down so that they will not become aggressive towards the new changes. It is strongly recommended that your pup and baby not be left alone together for at least the first few months. This will give you time to understand how your pup is going to react to the newcomer. As your baby does become older and learns to crawl around, keep in mind that your pup can get hurt from your babies curiosity. Pulling and tugging can startle or hurt a pup and result in retaliation. So it may be best to always keep an eye on both of your “kids” at all times.

Preparations for your newcomer will help your four-legged friend adapt to the new situation. Sudden changes can startle your dog and may cause anxiety as they fear the changes and possible feelings of neglect. Slowly adapting them to the change will help relieve the stress, but to make it positive for them, they will need love and affection during the process.

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The Four Key Elements of Successful Dog Potty Training

photoPuppies make wonderful companions, but they’re not so cute when they do their business in the middle of your living room. Accidents are certainly frustrating, but you need to understand how your pet thinks. “If I have to do it, then I’ll do it!” is what’s in your pup’s head, and this applies to eating, playing, exploring, sleeping, and of course, eliminating. Since your puppy does not understand anything more than that, it’s your job to teach him where and when it is appropriate to pee and poop. Remember, they’re not the ones with the requirements – we are!

There are four key components in most effective housebreaking methods:

* Confinement
* Training
* Praise
* Timing

Confinement

The easiest way to potty train a puppy (or a dog that has yet to be housebroken) is to confine him in a crate or cage. At the start of toilet training, don’t place anything on the bottom of the crate (e.g. newspaper, blanket, etc.); your puppy will only destroy it. Most dogs do not want to eliminate where they live, so the crate should just be large enough for your pup to turn around and lay down. If it’s too big, your puppy will do his business at one end and sleep at the other. For puppies that will grow considerably in size, get an adult sized crate and partition it with an divider.

Training and Praise

Personally, I always use a leash when potty training. This allows me to keep my dog close to me so I can watch him and control everything that happens. Puppies in particular get distracted easily, and a gentle tug on the leash can get their attention back. Leashes are also good for teaching an area to eliminate; with a leash, you simply take your pup there each time.

I use verbal cues as well, so once the puppy understands what the words mean, he will know what I want when I want it to happen. I say “go potty” for peeing and “go poop” for defecation. You can choose any word or phrase you want, just remember that you will be repeating it a lot.

Whenever you take your dog out, say the word “outside” again and again. “Do you want to go outside? Let’s go outside! Outside, outside!” Eventually, he will learn that the word “outside” is connected to going to the bathroom. You will be able to ask him if he has to go outside and receive a response such as tail wagging, barking, or running to the door.

When he goes to the bathroom properly, praise him in a happy voice. I prefer to use words because treats or petting can interrupt the act. Remember, you should praise your puppy while he’s peeing or pooping, not after.

Reward your pup with freedom when he does a good job. The best time for him to be out of his crate is after he has eliminated properly outside, but this free time still has to be supervised. You can use baby gates to restrict your pup’s area of freedom or a leash to quickly catch him (without grabbing him, which can make him fearful) when he is about to do something inappropriate.

Timing

It is best to always anticipate your pet’s need to eliminate. As a general rule, the length of time that a puppy can be left in his crate without going outside is more or less equivalent to his age in months:

* 2 months old – 2 hours of confinement without a bathroom break
* 3 months old – 3 hours of confinement without a bathroom break
* And so on, up to around 6 to 8 months old.

Your puppy must be taken outside anytime there is a change in activity. He will also give signs whenever he has to do his business. It can be sniffing, circling, suddenly stopping in the middle of play, running out of a room, or a certain look on his face. You will learn how to read these hints sooner or later.

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