Hi.....I am new here and new to being a dog owner. We adopted a 2 year old Golden Retriever one week ago from a family that could not keep their dogs. She is house trained from what we know.
When we first got her, I would take her outside every 2 hours or so with a treat. She rarely went potty or poop and just wanted to get a tummy rub. I ignore her and just say "Go potty". I will wait a few minutes and if nothing happens, we go back inside.
I realized she just doesn't need to go out that often so I started waiting longer. 2 nights ago, it was about 7PM, and she was whining and walking around the house a lot and I didn't realize she needed to go to the bathroom, I thought she was just missing her family.... Duh me. She went poop in the house. I remembered she had just eaten about an hour before. I read online that most dogs need to go poop about 20 mins to one hour after they eat.
OK, so now I had a new plan. Yesterday morning, I starting taking her out every 20 mins after she ate....no poop till 3 hours later. Last night, she ate dinner at 5PM and never pooped and our last time out was 11PM and still nothing. She never whined last night to go out. This morning I took her out at 5AM, she went potty, but still no poop. She did poop about one hour after her morning meal.
So..........do some dogs not always go poop after they eat? I was hoping to settle into some type of pattern/schedule so we can make plans around her etc.
I would appreciate if you could tell me what your dogs do in regard to eating and pooping.....LOL.