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Hello,

We adopted a five year old Great Pyrenees Mastiff cross a little over a week ago, who is just learning that it is ok to pee in the yard. Razzy has gone in the yard 4 times and I'm ecstatic everytime, but he will not poop in the yard. He only goes when I walk him, which is what he is used to as he was a shelter dog for a little over 2 months, and abandoned and living outside before he was rescued. He has not evacuated in the house and will go to the door to be let out.

I have taken him for 10 minute walks to get his gut going and take him right into the yard to relieve himself (he peed this morning), and as a reward I praised him, gave him "special" potty treats, and took him out for another walk.

During the second walk he stopped to poop on the sidewalk so I stopped him and RAN home and right into the yard and he wouldn't to go, and I know he has to go.

We have tried picking up his poop from a walk and placing it in the yard so that he knows it's ok to poop there. We have tried the "no poop/pee, no walk" rule but he will wait a whole 9 hours before he reluctantly relieves himself in the yard. He has only relieve himself in the yard a couple times - the first time because he had bad diarrhea from stress and the second when he pooped in the back yesterday morning and that was after waiting an hour with him outside - We cannot do this every day, particulary in the winter because we get very, very cold.

We want to be able to walk him for the sake of walking him, as opposed to walking him to poop. I know we have not had him that long but it sure it a long and probably painful time for him to wait. I try not to stress about it so he doesn't get stressed but it's awfully uncomfortable for him I'm sure!

Any ideas/insight would be greatly appreciated??
 

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I have the same problem. did you figure anything out? i'm currently stopping him from pooping on walks, but he still wont go in the yard. (it's a small yard as we live in an apartment.

I did put some of his poop in the yard, I don't know what else to try.
 

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Nope, nothing! He has gone twice in the yard while we were at work and he was sick both times. Went in the house twice because he was really really sick. We have come to terms with it unfortunately. We walk him every day for up to an hour on his major walk and if he doesnt go he doesn't get to until his next walk :(
 

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My little poochon will NOT poop outside at all EVER !! I think my little prima donna just doesn't want to get her little tushy wet or in the snow ! She does pee in the yard and will poo on her wee wee pads ! I used to have a GSD who would only poo in the woods, NEVER in the yard . It was kinda nice not to have to clean up the messes. My lab Lucifer NEVER poos in the yard either, he also goes into the woods. Good thing I live in the boonies I guess !
 
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