I have the honor of dog sitting my grandmother's 13 year old Lhasa Apso for three weeks while she visits her sister in California. I'm having an interesting problem with this dog. My grandmother give her a treat EVERY time she goes outside and actually goes to the bathroom. As a result, I believe this dog is only partially relieving herself outside, which I know a lot of people don't think a dog will do when it actually has to go to the bathroom, but none the less she does it.

First thing in the morning she will go outside and pee only a small amount only to be begging to go back outside in about 10 minutes, which will repeat for at least 4 trips outside. Problem is, I am trying to get ready for work while taking care of all of my animals' morning rituals and making breakfast for my wife and myself, so she typically ends up peeing on the floor while I am cooking breakfast. Which it is getting annoying having to clean the carpet every morning before work.

I don't think it is a medical problem because I know she has seen the vet more times in the last year than all of mine combined as she goes for the slightest problem, so I think it is just a behavioral problem. My understanding is she has been doing the partial peeing trick for a while now. So hopefully I can break her of it and her other behavior problems over the next three weeks. Any advice would be welcomed as I have never had to break a dog of an issue like this.I've introduced her to a crate, which is very annoying because my grandmother does not "like" crating dogs, and neither does the dog who is very vocal about it. I'm also working on getting her off the free feeding she does with my grandmother because none of my animals are free fed, which means she hasn't eaten anything since Wednesday evening when I brought her home. Her treats are being dramatically cut back, in fact I'm not giving her any until she at least eats some of her actual food.

I think she was living off treats with the food as a snack when she wanted it. Hopefully I'll be able to get her down to a normal weight in the three weeks, because right now she is way to stocky for a lhasa apso. Normally with getting her to stop peeing inside I would think crating with immediate trips outside followed by supervised time inside and then back in the crate when not able to be supervised. This would mean having to take her out repeatedly when supervising her which I don't think will help in trying to get her to actually fully go to the bathroom while outside in one trip.

Basically, I don't have any ideas on what to do to break this annoying habit, and I don't have time to repeatedly take her outside in the morning before work.
Thanks,
Nick
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I have the honor of dog sitting my grandmother's 13 year old Lhasa Apso for three weeks while she visits ... to be begging to go back outside in about 10 minutes, which will repeat for at least 4 trips outside.

It sounds like the dog needs a trip to the vet to me.
Problem is,
I am trying to get ready for work while taking care of all of my animals' morning rituals and making ... behavioral problem.It still may be an age developed problem. Elderly dogs do seem to go to the vet quite frequently.

Renal failure or urinary tract issues (both common in the older dog) or even hormonal issues can cause thqat. I would NOT jump to conclusions without seeing a vet.
I guess I can schedule an appointment then. She uses my vet so it won't be a big deal.
Nick
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I guess I can schedule an appointment then. She uses my vet so it won't be a big deal. Nick

Makes me feel better.
I've many times had a dog checked by a vet with a clean bill of health only to call another vet for a second opinion before even leaving the first vet's parking lot. And my instincts to double check were correct.

I've also left the vets with a clean bill of health, turned around and rescheduled an appointment with the SAME vet, and even seen the same vet as much as 4 times in the same day, until I got a satisfactory answer.

... and the dog fixed.
I tend to be persistant that way.
I have the honor of dog sitting my grandmother's 13 year old Lhasa Apso for three weeks while she visits ... this annoying habit, and I don't have time to repeatedly take her outside in the morning before work. Thanks, Nick

Incontinence can become a problem as a dog ages. I think more so in female dogs than males. One of my daughters dogs takes a pill for incontinence, so it could be the dog really can't help it?
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I've introduced her to a crate, which is very annoying because my grandmother does not "like" crating dogs, and neither ... to a normal weight in the three weeks, because right now she is way to stocky for a lhasa apso.

Ain't gonna happen.
Normally with getting her to stop peeing inside I would think crating with immediate trips outside followed by supervised time ... to break this annoying habit, and I don't have time to repeatedly take her outside in the morning before work.

Nick, I think this is one of those occasions where you can't have your cake and eat it, too.
Whatever you do for the next three weeks is probably going to be for naught, because your grandmother (like the dog) is probably going to revert to old habits upon her return.
If I were you, and you're 100% certain that there isn't a medical reason for this (and I don't know how you could, without a visit to the vet), I'd just find a way to go with the flow (no pun intended!).

I wouldn't try to "break" her of any of her "behavior problems."

I'd just find a way to accommodate them.
If you don't think your grandmother would disown you for doing it, take her to your vet and have them check her out.
Medication might help here.

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I have the honor of dog sitting my grandmother's 13 ... take her outside in the morning before work. Thanks, Nick

Incontinence can become a problem as a dog ages. I think more so in female dogs than males. One of my daughters dogs takes a pill for incontinence, so it could be the dog really can't help it? td

Hormone supplementation often helps. As does PPA and others.
On Sep 7, 1:27 pm, Handsome Jack Morrison
Nick, I think this is one of those occasions where you can't have your cake and eat it, too. Whatever ... it, take her to your vet and have them check her out. Medication might help here. Handsome Jack Morrison

Yeah, everyone is probably right, I'm just frustrated. She may be fine in their home with someone there every minute of the day, but my life just doesn't work like that. I am going to schedule a vet trip, no worries with getting disowned as I am the "Chosen One" in her eyes. Probably because I do things like take care of her dog for three weeks at a time every time she asks. I forgot how lucky I was with Yoda, who has only peed in the house three times since I got him over two years ago, and they were each my fault.
Nick