I have a question for all you experts out there. Someone I know feeds their dog in the evening around 6 pm but will not let the dog out to go to the bathroom afterwards. The last time of day that the dog gets walked or let out at all is 3:30pm. I think the dog should go out again in the evening, especially after being fed dinner. He says that the dog doesn't need to go and lasts just fine through until the morning. This dog is an 8 year old collie.

What is your experience with this? I know that humans often need to go to the bathroom after eating, and a final chance to go at night is good for my dogs..but maybe he's right..if a dog is used to it, maybe it's not needed? This dog does have "digestive difficulties" from time to time (fairly common), seems to me that letting him go potty before bedtime would be a simple thing to do to help the dog have an easier time of it. What are your thoughts and experience? Thanks in advance, Sarah
Someone I know feeds their dog in the evening around 6 pm but will not let the dog out to go to the bathroom afterwards.

Every dog is different and your acquaintance knows his dog best. There are a lot of factors: amount of exercise after the last meal, general health of the dog, type of food, how early the dog gets out the following morning ...
That said, my dogs make pretty good use of their evening excursion.

Matt. Rocky's a Dog.
On 14 Aug 2005 18:46:38 -0700, "bugsy" (Email Removed) spewed forth
I have a question for all you experts out there. Someone I know feeds their dog in the evening around ... the bathroom afterwards. The last time of day that the dog gets walked or let out at all is 3:30pm.

I'd be asking the man how frequently he takes a leak between 1530 and bedtime.
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I have a question for all you experts out there. Someone I know feeds their dog in the evening around ... to help the dog have an easier time of it. What are your thoughts and experience? Thanks in advance, Sarah

My first take is, that's pretty strange! Why won't he take the dog out for an evening potty break? What does he do if the dog has an "accident?" Does he punish the dog? (Jeez, I hope not!)

Many critters - humans and dogs - find it increasingly difficult to "hold it" for long periods of time as we get older. I wonder if your acquaintance can hold it for that long!
I have a fenced yard, so giving my dogs potty breaks is no problem. They get them on demand, and always after meals and before bed. But when I didn't have a yard, I took my dogs out after each meal, at bedtime, and in between if they asked. I would view giving them any less as cruel.
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I have a question for all you experts out there. Someone I know feeds their dog in the evening around ... to help the dog have an easier time of it. What are your thoughts and experience? Thanks in advance, Sarah

wow, that seems like an aweful long time to not get to go out. I am curious as to why the owner won't take him out later that 3:30? It just seems weird.