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New Foster Dog Won't Go to the Bathroom

Hey everyone!

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.

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When we started fostering Burgundy (3 years old at the time) she wouldn't go pee either. We were really starting to worry - I believe it was 36 HOURS before she went pee for the first time...a couple days before she pooped. It was very worrisome...but I suppose she was just in a bit of shock in her new surroundings. As long as she is drinking water, I wouldn't worry - she will eventually go

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Do you happen to know what surface she was raised on (forced to eliminate on) - shavings/newspaper/crushed stone/concrete...

She may not know she can urinate on any surface other then what she has always known... :-(

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How long since she was rescued? She does sound still stunned.....so very,very sad....

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Do you happen to know what surface she was raised on (forced to eliminate on) - shavings/newspaper/crushed stone/concrete...

She may not know she can urinate on any surface other then what she has always known... :-(
I was thinking that as well. I wish I had that kind of information but I don't know anything about where she came from. Only that compared to my other foster dogs, she's remarkably friendly. The last puppy mill dog we had wouldn't leave it's crate for 4 days because it was so scared; this sweetie-pie is actually wagging her tail gently but I can't tell if it's a sign of affection or nervousness.
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Aw that really saddens me. Thank you for fostering her! She is probably still getting used to her new surroundings and is nervous. Give it a bit more time and if she doesn't go in another few hours maybe try giving the vet a call.

Please keep us posted, and if you have time we would love to see pictures of this sweet little golden!
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How long since she was rescued? She does sound still stunned.....so very,very sad....
Only a day - she was rescued yesterday and we picked her a few hours later from the volunteer who picked her up from the pound where she had been surrendered. So it's definitely still early but I've never seen this in my dogs before and I can't tell if she's in pain from holding her bladder so long.
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When we started fostering Burgundy (3 years old at the time) she wouldn't go pee either. We were really starting to worry - I believe it was 36 HOURS before she went pee for the first time...a couple days before she pooped. It was very worrisome...but I suppose she was just in a bit of shock in her new surroundings. As long as she is drinking water, I wouldn't worry - she will eventually go
Thank you so much for your story! This is very reassuring.
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Aw that really saddens me. Thank you for fostering her! She is probably still getting used to her new surroundings and is nervous. Give it a bit more time and if she doesn't go in another few hours maybe try giving the vet a call.

Please keep us posted, and if you have time we would love to see pictures of this sweet little golden!
Thank you! We are getting her groomed today - she smells awful (I say this lovingly of course) and she has awful knots all over her body that I'm wary of scratching her coat for fear that I'll pull them and hurt her. Once she's cleaned up I'll gladly post them. She's a really beautiful dog but she has that sad look in her eyes that indicates that she's had a really hard life so far
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You are her angel. She will go eventually she just needs time. The change in environment and she most likely has never gone anywhere but the cage she was kept in. It probable the bath may cause her to go so be sure to let the groomer know how long she's been holding it.

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