I have two wonderful dogs. Our oldest is a Chinese Shar Pei named Lola who is my shadow. She was the easiest puppy to house train and she loved learning tricks. Like many of her breed, she has some allergy-related skin issues. We have found that regularly changing her food from one grain-free to another seems to help. Plus, they look forward to the new food! Our youngest dog is a 4 year old Great Pyrenees who was much more difficult to train, but who is keenly in tune with my emotions and has the most expressive eyes I've ever seen on a dog. Here are photos of my girls:
The question I have regards the potty practices of my Chinese Shar Pei. DH regularly says she needs an "act of Congress" to get her to pee, and getting her to poo is like coaxing water from a stone. Even when she clearly has to go, she is hesitant. Like today, she clearly has to poo, but despite several walks has yet to do so. We have a fenced in area and sometimes she will go in there, but usually we have to walk her to a separate area of the yard for her to do her business. I know this breed is fastidiously clean, and I thought maybe she considered her fenced in area an extension of her home. But that wouldn't explain why she will sometimes go in there and other times refuse. When she refuses, she won't go into the fence any further than the gate and she will stand there until I come back to get her. I walk them every morning. She often holds her urine for these walks so she can "mark" our trail. She regularly does not empty her bladder during these walks and will either finish going when we get home or want out soon after we return home.
This isn't usually a problem as I'm finishing up a master's thesis and am home a good deal of the time. What concerns me is when I begin working again and we can't get her to go before work. And that means if she refuses to go in the morning before work after being in the house all night she will have to hold it for an additional 8+ hours, making a total of about 16-18 hours she will have held it. Why is my dog refusing to go to the bathroom and is there anything I can do to make it easier for her (and for us!)
Sorry for the strange potty thread. Just looking for some answers and to find out if there is anything I can/should be doing differently.