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New Foster Dog Won't Go to the Bathroom
This is my first post, I came here after doing a bit of Internet searching since it appeared as if everyone here was really helpful. I did a scan through the back pages and didn't find anything so I apologize if a similar question has already been raised.
I have fostered many, many dogs before but this is the first time I'm fostering a golden. I was actually 'done' with fostering until this golden came along but because goldens are my sweet spot breed, I couldn't resist the opportunity to take her. She is a four year old sweetheart, rescued from a puppy mill, and she's very docile but friendly.
My question is: I was expecting her to have problems house-training as my other dogs have, but this dog doesn't want to go to the bathroom at all. We've had her 12 hours and she hasn't gone pee once. I'll take her to a vet if she still doesn't go tomorrow but I was wondering if this had happened to anyone or if anyone had any guesses as to what the problem is and how to fix it. My guess is that she's embarrassed to go in front of people so leaving her alone long enough might inspire her but as of right now, when we let her outside, she just stands there in a stationary spot until you get down with her and indicate that you want her to move. She walks well on a leash but doesn't show any signs of wanting to sniff out other dogs' spots which I thought might encourage her to go pee.
I have food down on the floor for her but she hasn't eaten it so far but she is drinking a lot. I'm just so worried, I hate how goldens self-inflict so much pain on themselves when they get scared/worried.
Thanks for any advice you have!