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Dog refusing to wee outside

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DidgeDoolittle Sat 12-Nov-16 09:37:18

I have a 7 year old westie. She was a rescue dog from a puppy farm. We have had her nearly four years. At home she is a perfect dog. No problems.
Last month we left her for a week with a good friend. She has been there many times and has been left for the day before.
It was a disaster. She barked all night , she doesn't normal bark at all, and wouldn't go to the loo anywhere except inside the house.
We are currently on holiday in a cottage, arrived yesterday. She didn't wee all day, despite many walks. She was taken outside for 3 long walks last night but wouldn't go. She promptly went on the carpet the minute she got back.
We have been away with her many times before and she has been fine. No idea what the problem is now.

She also would not settle last night. Barked if we left her so we put her bed in with us. She ran round and round and wanted attention for what seems like hours. At one point she started to growl and bark if we ignored her. I soon stop that though.

Does anyone have any suggestions for how to deal with it?

DidgeDoolittle Sat 12-Nov-16 16:00:10


KingJoffreysRestingCuntface Sat 12-Nov-16 16:02:19

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Is about £13 for 2L. Is bright red. I recommend.

georgedawes Sat 12-Nov-16 16:05:18

I'd take her to a vet for a check up, always worth doing for any change now behaviour as sudden as that.

Shriek Sat 12-Nov-16 20:37:49

I'd either have someone sit her at home when I go away or sit oitside with her till she wees

Providing she is well I wld put this down to distress of leaving family that saved her! And now repeating behaviour on strange ground.

musicghostly Mon 14-Nov-16 23:00:20

I think Shriek has it.

Ex breeding puppy farm bitches (I'm assuming that's what you have, we have two as well) often have house training skills which are not quite as concrete and ingrained as dogs who've grown up in a loving house from puppyhood.

One of ours is dodgy all the time despite our best efforts. She will be perfect for a week, two weeks, then something will upset her and she pees in the house. At the moment it's cold and wet outside so it's taking a lot of standing outside with her to ensure she goes. We have converted to mainly hard floors and get through lots of simple solution.

Our other rescue is perfect at home. However, like you, we went on holiday, she refused to pee outside at all, held it for longer than you would think possible, and then promptly peed on the carpet of the apartment we were hiring (I've never cleaned a carpet so thoroughly!). We ended up staying out with her until she'd been, however long it took, putting a puppy pad by the door, and putting her in nappies at night for good measure. Once we got home she had no more problems.

You may just have to mitigate things whilst you are away but hopefully once your dog's life returns to normal you'll have no more worries.

musicghostly Mon 14-Nov-16 23:12:45

We find these invaluable when taking our dogs to stay in other people's property! Our first stay away, I tried baby nappies with a hole cut for the tail. I soon found that dogs and babies are not the same shape - and the tail hole leaked. I now have the following -

these work really well with a cheap supermarket incontinence pad - I've never had one leak. I do find it hard to buy incontinence pads and not say "I don't need these, they're for my dog", however!

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DidgeDoolittle Tue 15-Nov-16 15:55:37

Thank you everyone.
We persevered with her outside and she eventually went to the loo. I have no idea how she managed 24 hours without even a little wee.
She is now settled and back to normal.
I think we have resigned ourselves to no more holidays away without her.
Thanks for your help.

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