Nov 22, 2004, 9:32 PM
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I'm so glad I found this forum and am desperately hoping someone/anyone can give me a suggestion or two. I have a four year old neutered Shih Tzu. He's a wonderful little puppy, very gentle, loyal, loving, has only had one potty accident in the house since being trained. That was the day after he was neutered, and I couldn't really blame him for that one transgression.
4 yr old Shih Tzu won't use backyard for potty
When we got him we hadn't had a dog in over 30 years so I wasn't very experienced in all the ins and outs regarding training. It was the beginning of February and the snow was so deep we couldn't get into the backyard.
I started taking him out the front to do his business, and once he was big enough we walked a bit. The walks got longer and longer, until we were walking at least 2 hours a day.....every day. The problem is he will not pee or poop in the backyard. Well, he will if my son's dog has been in the yard, but that ends once the other dog has gone home. My health isn't good, I have problems with a brain tumour, vertigo, terrible pain and fatigue.
I found a post in the petshop that's supposedly impregnated with pheromones, and it's purpose is to train a dog to go in one specific area of the yard. Well, my little man just sniffed it and walked away. If I take him out in the backyard and say "come on, let's go pee pees" he runs to the gate and wags his tail. No, he's not stupid, going pee pees equals going for a long walk in his mind. I'm getting desperate because my health problems are making it extremely difficult to go walking every time he needs to go potty. I should mention, he has inflammatory bowel disease, yet he rarely asks to go out. On those rare occasions he does ask I know I best get out in a hurry. He's just content to wait for me to say, "okay, let's go outside go pee pees".
Does anyone have any ideas. I'd be so appreciative if you do. I'm tired of walking around at 10:30 p.m. every night with tears rolling down my face. By that time of day I'm simply in agony, but I love the little guy, and don't know what else to do.
Thank you so much if you can help.