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Morning Walk Problems

Every morning before I rush off to work, Kip gets a 20-30 minute walk.

We tumble down the stairs and skid out of the building and carefully cross the street.  Ah! Grass!  It takes less than a minute for Kip to sniff out a spot where he wants to pee.  I let him sniff around a little more hoping that he will also poo but 8/10 times he simply will not squat.


So why don’t I stand there and wait for him to poo?

The goal of Kip’s morning walk is not only for him to relieve himself, but also to give him some exercise.  I only have a limited amount of time before I have to go to work so morning walks are power walks. Sometime my little terrier gets distracted by different smells or small birds and abruptly stops moving.  Usually I don’t notice and I almost trip backwards because he’s anchored himself to the ground.  Over time he has adjusted to the fast paced morning walks and the amount of stops has reduced.  It’s been a great relief until now.  Kip has started to squat mid-walk in the middle of the sidewalk.  Oh the horrors.

I hurriedly took the  plastic doggy bag out of my pocket and scraped it all up but there was a big smudge in the middle of the sidewalk. It was gross.  I couldn’t understand why Kip hadn’t gone in the grass just a few minutes ago.  These past couple days I’ve been lingering in the grass patch with Kip to see if an extra five minutes would help him go in the right spot.  Anxiously watching the time go by as he seemingly sniffed each blade of grass. Twice I was lucky enough to spot him attempting to squat mid walk and gently pushed him off the sidewalk onto some dirt where bushes grew.

Has anyone run across this problem?  I’m not sure how to fix it.


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