Outside Behavior

Kananga has usually been very timely with going outside to do his business(I walk him outside to go). Rarely does he ever really take his time.

I don't know if it's because of the warmer weather and he's trying to enjoy his time out there, but he is really taking considerably more time to go. Even after being away for 10 hours, he will still take his time to do his business. Which seems odd because usually he'll go right away.

Is there something else that could be provoking such behavior? To give an example, normally I spend 15 minutes taking him out to go (including all of the time walking), and now it's sometimes double that. Meaning he's taking an extra 15-20 minutes sniffing around and showing no interest.

I never let him go back inside until he finishes because I know he has to go, and it'll only provoke him to go inside. I'm curious to know how long adult Bs can hold their bladder.

Any thoughts?

Sometimes you just have to be patient. They get picky on where and when to go. Maybe he holds it because he enjoys the walk with you and wants to make it last longer.

Tillo takes ages before he finally has found the right spot to pee.. Even in the morning he takes around 5 to 10 minutes to pee.. and the other business takes much longer 😉

Maybe Kananga knows he goes back inside after he has done his business and wants to stay out longer?

He has always taken little time to find the right spot. This only started in the last couple weeks. I've had him since November of last year.

It just seems odd he would hold it so long.

Maybe the weather is getting better.. more smells outside.. bitches in heat.

@Janneke:

Maybe the weather is getting better.. more smells outside.. bitches in heat.

Ah yes, that was my other thought. He is intact and his behavior is slightly different than it normally is. He has been very anxious outside. Constantly looking around with a different look on his face.

Well.. I (read: Tillo :D) have noticed more than one bitch in heat in the last few weeks.. And Tillo really doesn't need to see the girl to know 😃 😃 😉

I wouldn't be concerned. Gossy does the same thing - during winter she wanted nothing to do with being outside so her business was done quickly quickly. Now that the weather is nice she'll explore the yard for some time before she gets down to business. I've had to allow more "yard time" in the mornings before I go to work.

Basenjis seem to know when the girls are in season, and no, they don't have to be anywhere near them.

@nomrbddgs:

Basenjis seem to know when the girls are in season, and no, they don't have to be anywhere near them.

I'm thinking this might be it. We had some nice weather earlier in April and he did not act this way. It was very much out of the blue.

I'll just remain patient with him…. 😃

There is definitely a girl in season somewhere in our area…Brando is more anxious and a little bit more nibbly/mouthy...

Also, now that the cold weather has broken, Brando takes his time going to the bathroom (both kinds)...no longer is there the urgency of the cold to get him to take care of business.

As to how long they can 'hold it'…10-12 hours for an adult is easy.
Mine have a dog door and often don't go out between 8 pm and 10am or 12 noon the next day, that's 14-16 hours with nice weather and full access to the outdoors.

@MacPack:

As to how long they can 'hold it'…10-12 hours for an adult is easy.
Mine have a dog door and often don't go out between 8 pm and 10am or 12 noon the next day, that's 14-16 hours with nice weather and full access to the outdoors.

Interesting. I've often wondered about this, never realized they can go that long.

If you put peeing, pooping on command that might make it more reliable and you can spend the rest of the time walking. I have run into that problem in the past where they will take their la-de-da time outside and not do anything.

Nemo makes a good point - get the bathroom behavior on a somewhat regular schedule (although an ex-trainer told me that routines are bad for dogs) - I've found over the years that worked really well for mine; allowing for some leeway.

I have a fairly consistent routine. With the weekends being an exception obviously. I think that always throws him off course.

Surprisingly after I got home yesterday, everything was back to normal. He's not taking his time anymore. Even this morning he was not taking his time. So I wonder if it was something making him anxious as previously mentioned.

If it's raining outside my guy has gone up to 20 hours without going :eek:

Oh, yeah-if it's raining, that's taboo!

@wizard:

Nemo makes a good point - get the bathroom behavior on a somewhat regular schedule (although an ex-trainer told me that routines are bad for dogs) - I've found over the years that worked really well for mine; allowing for some leeway.

I guess I didn't mean necessarily a routine but more like a command like sit but "pee now". Patricia McConnell usually recommends this on her radio show when people are having difficulty getting their pet to go potty.

@Nemo:

I guess I didn't mean necessarily a routine but more like a command like sit but "pee now". Patricia McConnell usually recommends this on her radio show when people are having difficulty getting their pet to go potty.

Mine all have a command to go…but in the good weather, they still seem to take their time to go. Oh, and God forbid a leaf blows by while they are going, because they will stop and it will be another 5 - 10 minutes before they resume their "output". :rolleyes:

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