So, my partner and her daughter have been pining for a dog for several years (I’m not really a dog person), but due to living arrangements haven’t been able to get one. We recently moved to a rental in the suburbs and have room and a yard now, so she’s been trolling dog rescue sites looking for an adoptee. They’re really hard to find right now. Many rescues are getting dozens of applications for adoption per day. Dogs appear to be a “COVID item”, like patio heaters and camping gear.
After months of looking she decided to try to foster and brought home a (really quite pretty) 1-3 year old 35 lb retriever mix who is a former Tijuana street dog. The dog is sweet, gentle, calm, quiet and affectionate–about everything you could ask for. She’s got a few behavioral idiosyncrasies due, probably, to her being acclimated to dog vice human companionship, but they’re minor. There’s a strong possibility we’ll have the opportunity to adopt her and at this point we probably would do that.
Her one major problem is peeing. She won’t. She will hold her urine until she’s bursting, often for 24 hours, and then let loose a torrent. And it seems she’s taken sometimes to peeing on the carpet, which we’ve definitely discouraged. The problem is that it’s hard to impress that this is bad behavior and guide her toward good behavior when she only pees once a day at inconstant times. We’ve tried taking her out for a few minutes several times a day, doing long walks, praising her when she does pee outside. (She’s also not food motivated and doesn’t particularly care about dog treats.) I don’t know how to encourage a dog to pee more often or in a particular place. Any advice?