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So we just got a new Golden Retriever and absolutely love her. However, its been hard to contact the foster mom for any more information so I have a quick question. She's 4 yrs old and we've had her for a day so she doesn't quite have a daily routine yet when it comes to going to the bathroom. Our worry is that she has yet to poop even after meals and we don't want her first time to be an accident. She's doing a great job going to her spot in the lawn every time her take her out but we're just wondering if this is unusual at all or if we should be worried about any accident tonight seeing that its been a while since she's pooped. Thanks for any advice.
 

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Yes, a walk will help get things going.
 

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Don't worry if she doesn't go for a day or two. Stress slows down the digestive system, so things don't pass through as quickly. If she has an accident during the night, it is not an indication of breaking her housetraining, it is just that - an accident. Keep things calm, try to relax, it will help her relax.
 

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Ditto what everyone else said. Take a few walks, all of the smells might help her go. As Charliethree said, stress could be backing her up some too.

Don't forget to bring treats so that you can make a super big deal about her pooping outside when she does go! If it's an accident, give a firm "no," take her out for a few minutes and clean it up immediately (ideally have it cleaned up while you're out if two adults are around), no punishment necessary for a learning pup.

For messes- make sure you get an odor removing spray from the pet store so that your pup doesn't re-visit any spots. A handheld/ small steam cleaner works great too for a quick clean up after the spray!

Sounds like you're doing great establishing a routine. Keep it up and she will learn quickly!
 

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Might have a new issue

Sorry for taking so long to come back to this, looks like I came down with a bad cold or something. Thanks for all the help. I suppose the good news is that the god finally relieved herself. The problem is that it was in the house. We did as was recommended, take her out and clean up with odor remover etc. The issue is that we don't completly understand why she had an accident when we took her out frequently through the day. We noticed that she likes to go to the same spot on our yard but lately she hasn't been going because she seems tense about our neighbors dog. She starts tugging on the leash to go towards their yard or might even growl a bit bit doesn't relieve herself even if its been hours. We're thinking maybe take her further away from the neighbors yard where it isn't visible? But she already marked the spot she likes to go to. Any opinions? She seems anxious towards the neighbors and doesn't relieve herself when we go out.
 

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Bumping up.
 

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When you say you've "taken her out" does that mean you've taken her for a walk? Or just out in the yard to do her business on the "lawn"? As mentioned above, please take her on some LONG walks during the day, at least 20 minutes per walk. Treat these walks as FUN for both YOU and HER! Bring yummy treats with you so that when she does do her business, you'll praise her like crazy and give her a treat!
 
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