Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Toronto, Canada
I seem to be having a very similar problem. The quick back story is I've recently relocated from the country to the big city. Work has been insane, so I've been bringing my 6 year old GSD down to the city on the weekends only (till now) to be fair to him, as well as to give him a nicer transition....He loves coming and has quickly adapted to our new home and our walks with all the new sounds. I'm trying to dedicate this week to getting him used to being here for longer than three nights, as well as my new schedule. That said, he has "issues" with #2 in his new territory. The back yard is something he's not loving very much at the moment. ..He's slowly gotten used to it, and we have had several breakthroughs and now it's snowed and he refuses to go. Peeing and eating haven't been a problem, so all systems are in working order, but he's clearly stressed enough that he's refusing to defecate out back.
I guess my questions are, how long do I wait for him to go (it's his second day without defecation) before I aid his bowl movements? Also, what's the best method, as I do not want to upset his stomach, or anything else for that matter. I've heard about the match-sticks, the canned pumpkin....Would truly appreciate the help!