[nagdu] major relieving issues

Janice Toothman janice.toothman at verizon.net
Tue Sep 30 01:35:50 UTC 2014

Hi Marsha,
I do not have any suggestions but I know what you are talking about.  
Destiny and I will sometimes be out for 45 minutes to and hour.  I know 
that she has to poop because she has not all day and she has not peed in 
a long while but she will not do either.  She will have me walking up 
and down streets.

I feel your pain and frustration.  I wanted  you to reassure you that 
your dog is not the only one that would do this.  Even if Destiny is 
retired I am still caring for her until I receive my new guide.
I know it is hard to have an pup with an unpredictable  relieving 
schedule when your schedule is so busy.  Remember that you and your 
guide are succeeding in going to your internship and managing your 
classes and that is awesome!  Recognize your hard work and try not to 
micromanage your guides feeding.

Your dog is sensitive to your needs and feelings; therefore, she might 
pick up on your "energy" level/tension in your movements that might 
affect her.  When she relieves on the way home it might feel to her that 
"expectation" of familiar surroundings and relieving area.

Marsha that is speculation and you can take it or leave it.  I may not 
have been too clear so if you need be to explain, then ask. However, you 
know your dog the best.

I just know that if I am in a hurry and want Destiny to relieve quickly; 
then that is not what she will do.  I end up frustrated and Destiny 
end's up sitting in fronting as if asking what she is supposed to do.

On 9/29/2014 8:49 PM, Marsha Drenth via nagdu wrote:
> Hi List,
> I know, I know, I know that this topic has been discussed ad nausium. My current pup from GDF and I have been working for almost two years. Of course because I am back to school, this issue has come up again. When I was in classes at my university this was always an issue too. I feed pup, Natures Domain, 2 cups a day. So she will relieve in the morning, with plenty of time to go. Then around lunch time, as late as two o'clock I will then relieve her again, this time its on my university campus, or at my internship. If I am in classes, like I said its at 2pm, the earliest I can relieve her. If I am at my internship, I take her out around lunch. At either location, I can spend my entire lunch break, an hour, 30 minutes, whatever, and she will not go. I can walk her around the block, down the block. She will not relieve. I have taken off the harness, left it on, she will not relieve. I head home around either 4 or 5pm, but almost every single day, she will relieve on the sidewalk, in
>   the middle of our route. I have tried to reduce her food, only giving her a half cup of food, tried giving her all two cups at once, tried leaving out that meal all together. The reducing the meal to a half a cup, will delay the relieving to a morning poop. Like I said I thought it might have been the walk that stimulates her to go, so thus why I have walked her, but she will not go. Its always on the way to the train. I honestly do not know what to do from here, either I can just live with it or something has to happen. Please do not give the feeding nature talk, its not for me. My dog has no other health issues other this. I myself am nw having anxiety about her pooping on our route. I have had 3 guides, none of them have done this. Please give suggestions? I am in classes two days a week, internship three days a week, my schedule is busy, and she loves all the work. So like I said, here is the schedule. I wake up, feed pup, take her out, depending on the day depends on when she
>   eats and relieves, its usually between 5am and 7am. Like I said above either at lunch time, 12:30pm or 2pm, relieve again. 4 or 5pm, head for home and the train, when she will poop on route. Its at least 4 out of the 5days she poops on route. Then when I get home around 6 or 7pm, fed and relieved. Again at bed time, relieved at the last time. I never ever ever know when she is going to poop, its been two years and we are still not on a schedule. Thought I would ask here, as some of you all have worked many many dogs. Like I said, she is an absolutely great worker. Like I said I need suggestions, not criticism.
> Thank you,
> Marsha drenth
> email: marsha.drenth at gmail.com
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