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Dog won't go the toilet in our garden

Discussion in 'Dog Training and Behaviour' started by Abby slown, Aug 1, 2019.

  1. Abby slown

    Abby slown PetForums Newbie

    Aug 1, 2019
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    My dog who I have had for 8 years now has suddenly starting to refuse to do her business in the garden.
    She's always lived in this house and has used the garden her whole life.
    Almost every morning she would go to the garden to have a poo but I haven't cleaned up any in the garden for around 2 months now as she just won't go (she'll sit in the garden and play no problem)
    I walked her 3 times a day but sometimes it's just easier for her to go in the garden (times like now when I'm ill and have no energy to walk her).
    Our whole garden is patio and it's not long been painted for the first time, this is the only reason I can think of why she won't pee/poo out there.
  2. Torin.

    Torin. PetForums VIP

    May 18, 2014
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    Did the behaviour change as soon as it was painted, or a little while after that? Your phrasing is a little ambiguous as to whether this was an obvious trigger or just the only possibility you can think of.

    If it is the latter then I'd be tempted to get a vet check. As with any other sudden behaviour change it could be a symptom of something more hidden; best to get that ruled out by a professional before assuming it's environmental :)
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