Posted : 11/29/2007 1:15:17 PM
I understand there's a difference between feeling the urge and being ready to actually poop. Sooner or later, we all feel the urge to go. But we also know how to hold it. However, there comes a point where you know you can't hold it any longer and it just wants out. When my dog scratches at
the door to go out, he isn't just telling me. He's BEGGING me.
Normally, when he's just ready to go out, he'll sit by the door quietly
and just look at me. He waits for me to come over, put my coat on and his lead on, and then take him outside. But when he can't hold it, he'll scratch at the
door the way you or I would if we were trapped in a room without any air. It isn't just a gentle scratching. It's a panicky scratching. It seems so urgent that I can't understand why he doesn't poop the moment we get outside. Imagine if you drank lots of coffee and had to go pee so badly, you thought you were going to pee in your pants. When you finally get to the bathroom, do you need more time to get ready?
I do exercise my dog to try and get things moving and eventually it does work. I'm not looking for a poop command. I guess I'm just looking for some way to tell my dog that if he wants to go outside to pee or poop, he only gets a certain amount of time or else we go back in and he's going to have to hold it. My roommate has a 5-year old dog who understands this. He goes out and if doesn't poop then, he knows that he just has to hold it until the next time I let him out. In fact, I think he's learned this so well that whenever he does get the opportunity to go out, not only will he poop, he'll do so immediately even though he doesn't have the urgent need to. It's like he's saying to himself, "Hey, who knows when I'll get to go outside again. I'd better poop now while I have a chance."