I adopted a 1.5 year old golden retriever 6 days ago and now have some questions on variety of topics and would appreciate any help!
- Paw adjustment to concrete: My dog's previous home has a suburban house with a decent size grassy back yard on a hillside. She loves to play fetch and wonder around outside. My house has a fenced in yard, but it is probably 75% concrete (some of the concrete is pretty rough, most of the rest is grass and a smaller area of mulch). If we go on walks, it is pretty much all concrete besides a few planters with trees for a few blocks before we can reach some parks or more grassy areas. Should I limit her play outside and walks for a little while for her paws adjust to being on concrete much more than grass? If so, how long would her paws probably take to adjust?
- Fetch injuries: Along that same line, much of my yard is pretty narrow and I am worries about her getting hurt while playing fetch in the yard. I attached 2 pictures of my yard, but basically there is probably a 75-100 ft lane for her to run, but it is pretty narrow and a wider area of grass and a concrete patio that are smaller. Whenever she runs after a ball along, she is fully focused on the ball and doesn't pay much attention to her surroundings which results in her brushing up very close (and forcefully) against some of the concrete ledges and fencing and also results in her sometimes turning around very abruptly in a narrow space if the ball suddenly bounces in a different direction. I am worried about her getting hurt from this. I thought I saw her favoring her back paw a little bit the other day (she still runs around a lot and I haven't noticed anything unusual since, so I am not sure if she was actually having any issues or not). Am I being overly protective or is this a legitimate concern? She has a moderate amount of energy, so I want to play with her in the yard to get exercise. She doesn't walk well on a leash (we are working on this) so taking her to a park often or walking more to burn her out aren't great options right now, but I am hoping they will be soon.
- What are safe crate toys? She is crate trained and seems pretty content in her crate at night and when I have to leave as long as she brings a tennis ball in with her. Is a tennis ball (or other ball) a safe toy for her to have in her crate when I'm not supervising? She will just move the ball around or chew on it as a whole (she doesn't try to destroy it) when she plays with the balls by herself. Are nylabones and other toys that she is unlikely to break ok to have in her crate?
- Peeing- Her previous owner said she only pees 2-3 times a day and poops once. She has pooped every day that I have had her and at relatively consistent times, but I have only witnessed her pee once or so a day (I watch when she is outside, but it is possible I have missed some times, but unlikely that I missed very many). I let her out several times a day (probably >6) and we play in the yard and have attempted walks, so she has ample opportunity to go, but just doesn't try. She drinks plenty of water (I am not sure if this is her normal amount, but it seems like it could be), has been eating normally (didn't eat much this morning, but otherwise has been), and has been playing and acting normally (to the best of my knowledge, again, have only had her for 6 days). Is this normal for a dog to urinate that infrequently (especially for a dog that may still be adjusting to a new home)? Are there anything tips you have to cue her to go at certain times (like in the morning before I have to leave for work)?