Casey and I just went for a walk around our neighbourhood. A few minutes into our walk, we stop at a nice patch of grass to see if she needs to go to the bathroom (she already peed at home, but I wanted to see if she needed to poo as well). She sniffs and wanders, sniffs and wanders, but nothing comes of it. Fine. We keep walking.

About 60 seconds later, she stops in the middle of the sidewalk and starts to go to the bathroom (#2!?!). Now you cannot tell me that in 60 seconds time, she went from not having to go, to having to go so badly she couldn't hold it and had to go in the middle of the bloody sidewalk! It would be one thing if it was diarrhea or something, but it's solid.

She did the same thing last week, and I don't know what is going on. Why wouldn't she go when we stop if she has to go so badly that a minute later she's stopping dead in her tracks and going on the sidewalk?

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Comment by Becky S on June 21, 2010 at 1:58pm
You can always count on Brody to find the nicest yard, in front of the window or people outside to poop on. When we traveled with him to New Mexico had had a hard time finding something green to pee on. At one gas station we walked all around until he found 1 week growing and peed on it! Lilly rarely poops at all on walks.
Comment by Carol Rea on June 18, 2010 at 11:42am
Lucky has had no control since his back surgery, and poops wherever and whenever (always when he is in motion), it's terribly embarrassing. Lately, as he has lost the ability to walk, he hops to poo, so you see our bunny butt dog hopping about the yard pooping!
Comment by Steve on June 18, 2010 at 12:44am
When Steve was younger he would poo with his butt as high up the tree trunk as he possible can (I used to think he got his #1 and #2 mixed up!) The most embarrassing was about 6months ago when we were walking through a parking structure and he decided to hunch his back and take his position. Wouldn't have been so bad if no one was around but there were few people walking behind us and also people coming out of the elevator. I stood there imagining what those people were thinking waiting for him to finish. Sooooo embarrassing!! When you gotta go you gotta go.....
Comment by Sam Tsang on June 17, 2010 at 11:27pm
Was the stool hard / soft / mushy ? if she didn't drink enough water and the stool was semi hard, walking encourage bowel movement.
Comment by Rachael & Waffle on June 17, 2010 at 9:57pm
The first time I took Waffle on a walk, he stopped and pooped in the middle of a cul-de-sac. ... :| I was like... "Uhh...?" First dog, first dog walk, and a weird place to poop.
Comment by Beth on June 17, 2010 at 9:48pm
Ah, I can top you all. Jack once stopped and pooped in the middle of a parade. :-) I don't mean some dinky little three-block jobber with 50 spectators and one float. I mean a major, 20-unit, 100,000 people in attendance parade. Right in the middle of the parade route, at a very busy corner, he squatted and pooped, and made a mess of himself in the process (because he was excited, it was a bit runny). Ah well.

I have one who needs a perfect spot to go, and one who will go on any surface. Jack will wait a good, oh, dozen steps to see if we reach grass, and if we do not he'll stop on any surface. Concrete, asphalt, wooden decking, mulch, you name it, he'll poop on it.

To be honest, the ones who will go anywhere are infinitely easier. At some point or other, everyone who has a dog who will only go on grass will be standing in the rain at a rest stop, or outside a hotel, with a whining dog who keeps looking up at you with pitiful eyes and just won't go. Give me the concrete-poopers any day. :-)
Comment by Chris West on June 17, 2010 at 8:14pm
We used to have a dog that would only go #2 in the yards of people who were standing outside. It was so embarrassing every time I took her for a walk. It was like she had to have an audience before she would go. And then she would get all chummy with the people while I was picking up the dirty business. The worst was the day she did it and the pick-up bag had fallen out of my pocket, so I had to ask the people if I could have a plastic bag. I was totally mortified. My mom's will only go #2 on their asphalt driveway, never anywhere else.
Comment by Monica, Orion, and Laika on June 17, 2010 at 8:02pm
Orion likes to poo in specific things. He likes mulch and crunchy leaves but doesn't like to go in the grass. He'll pee in the grass but not poop. It's weird. Also he doesn't like to potty other places. We'll be out all day and he'll refuse to pee or poop but as soon as we get back home to our yard he'll go. So maybe she didn't like the grass? Dogs are weird, haha

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