We all think our dogs are adorable, don't we? And, they are - well, when they're being good anyway...
Dogs are the most popular pets for a reason. They're little personalities all of their own, and they're totally loveable. We really could spend all day cuddling and playing with them.
And then the inevitable happens...
Dogs can be gassy creatures - if you know, you know - and it's usually a sign that they need to go to the bathroom. In instances like these, it's a case of 'the sooner, the better'.
Of course, it's only natural - we all have bathroom needs. However, while we take ourselves off to the bathroom, it's our responsibility to take our dogs out to do their business.
Here's what you need to know about your dog's bathroom needs:
For some reason, we get really hung up on our dog's bathroom routine. Why? It's bizarre, really, but we're always worrying that they're going too much or not enough, or that it doesn't 'look right'.
On average, your dog should be going to the bathroom one to five times per day, and this varies based upon age, diet, lifestyle, exercise, and health. We know, it's really broad, and that's why you shouldn't worry too much.
You know your dog better than anyone, and the main thing is that they're in a routine.
Another thing to consider is the age of your dog. Puppies go to the bathroom far more than older dogs, and this is completely normal. However, it is important that you keep an eye on your pup - if they're still going excessively once trained, something else could be wrong.
What Affects My Dog's Bathroom Routine?
Once your dog is settled, you'll find that they soon get into a bathroom routine, making it easier for you to keep an eye on them. However, it only takes something small to make them break their routine.
Here's are some of the most common factors that can influence your dog's bathroom habits:
Diet And Food
If your dog's bathroom habits change, it's likely to be the cause of something that they've eaten. And, it's likely that it's something you didn't even know they'd eaten...
Of course, if you change their diet or try out new treats it could affect their stomach. It's far more likely, however, that they've eaten something off the floor that's not agreed with them.
More often than not, it's nothing to worry about. It's likely that they only ate a small amount, so it's just a case of waiting for it to pass through them.
If it does persist, we recommend seeking veterinary advice, just to be sure.
In the same way that it takes us time to adapt to change, your dog will likely be affected by a major shake up of their environment.
Moving home, for example, means a whole new set of scents and surroundings for your dog, which could unsettle them initially.
Give them time to adapt, and their toilet habits will normalise once again. Remember, if they go inside, they're trying to mark their territory. Get them out of the habit, but be sympathetic too.
If bathroom problems persist, we advise that you seek veterinary assistance. While temporary problems can be quite frequent, they may also be the symptom of a larger problem.
So, use your best judgement - if it's a long running problem, or your dog has persistently irregular bathroom habits, it's best to be cautious and seek help.
Irritable Bowl Syndrome, Colitis, and Internal Parasites are all conditions that could affect your dog's bathroom habits, and should be treated as soon as possible.
So, What's The Norm?
Well, we hate to be vague, but there really is no universal bathroom routine that we could consider the 'norm'.
Instead, it's all about knowing your dog. Within a few weeks, you'll soon notice patterns - when they go, how much there usually is, etc. You'll realise a benchmark, which will be your dog's 'norm', and the baseline for the future.
As we say, the main thing is to ensure that your dog is consistent, and that you seek help if not.
If you work full time and need someone to walk your dog throughout the day, perhaps Tailster can help? We have a range of approved walkers across the UK who are available to walk your dog as and when required. For more information on our full service, click here.