Shop Til Ya Drop

I took Ushi out to town again today just like I did
Last time
Only this time, we had a little incident….

I was going to free run her today, but thought that might not be such a good idea because of all the fireworks and that, and didn’t want to risk it. There were none going off but still.

I decided to work her since our
Seems to have stopped thank god! So off me and her went, and we would meet dad and sis and little bro at the shop. I had explained to bro that he had to be a bit behind Ushi so as not to distract her. He was cool with that.

The walk went beautifully which was fab.

Our first stop after the shop was to get some chocolate, and sit down and basically kill time. She was grand and lay down. She did sniff a couple of times, but I corrected her. We were going to head into our local shopping centre after this. Ushi started pulling a bit as we were walking, but I thought it was more an excited pull. So i just told her to “steady” and eventually she walked nice and calmly again.

We were walking along nicely. It was slightly more busier than last time, but nothing major. We were just casually walking along, when I felt Ushi pull to the left like she was distracted. I told her to “leave it”, then dad announced that she was er, dropping her load. I didn’t correct her, but just sounded kind of disappointed and embarrassed! It was right outside a shop too, and in the middle of the centre! I was so so so embarrassed. We had to go get house keeping and all as we forgot to bring bags. (she is usually clean). My sister said that it wasn’t a normal colour, and that it was of a watery consistancy. Sorry if that’s too much info lol. So once it was cleaned up (I couldn’t help but appologise), me and my sister took her outside to some concrete out of the way (there was no grass), to see if she would go. She didn’t go at all though.

We decided that we would go home after this as I didn’t want another incident happening. On our way home we found some grass, so I popped her on the longer lead and let her see if she needed to go. There was a bit of a slope down, so I kind of pulled back on the lead as I didn’t really know where I was going and how steep the slope was. She just did a pee though.

I worked her for a bit on the way home, and she seemed grand. I took her out even when we got home just to see if she would do some more, but nothing. So I don’t know what was up with that little incident. It really just felt like a distraction, but it was her going. I don’t think she had gone this morning, but I don’t think it would have been that quick even if she didn’t go, and sometimes she doesn’t go but she is grand. I maybe thought that cause it was a longer walk, but she didn’t go last time. I gave her an opportunity before we went out to go.

Any thoughts on why this might have happened? I feel terrible. Did i give her enough time to go? Should I have taken her off the lead? (I kept her on as we were just about to go out). I’ll probably never know what the problem was, but I will deffinetly bring some bags with me!!!

On another note, I hope all guide dogs are doing okay with the fireworks. Ushi has just slept the intire time they have been going off. I would remind people though just to think of us guide dog owners, even if our doggies aren’t affected.

I would really appreciate some feedback on my little issue though. Still a bit sad really. I will deffinetly look for a spending spot just before we set off again after we are lying down or anything. But typically though there is no grass right in the middle of town!!

I’m taking her for her monthly weigh in tomorrow hopefully. (they recommend for the first 6 months to weigh the dog each month). And plus it has to go on the “guide dog owner report” I have to fill in each month and send to the district team. I will let you know what this week brings (regular instructor is coming out for an aftercare visit).

Thanks for any help though.

15 Comments on “Shop Til Ya Drop”

  1. Terri says:

    maybe she ate something without you knowing? its quite possible. Dont be embarassed it happens at least it wasnt inside! but yes always good idea to carry bags because you never know when you might need them. Its good you didnt correct her or shout at her as that could make matters worse. I always need them for Uma as she likes to go when she has had some exercise and has always spent on walks. Good job she can find gutters and bins!

  2. Torie says:

    It was inside!!! I was going to correct, but then remembered that if she had to go, she had to go. I just had you know that oice you use when you're disappointed? I hope it doesn't happen again!!! All I could really do was to stand there. Xxx.

  3. Terri says:

    oops sorry must have misread the post. Once is nothing lol, Uma went quite a few times indoors when i first had her, stupid food she was on but anyways. If i go into shopping centres now i just take her quickly to see if she needs to go!She shouldnt make a habit of it so you should be ok

  4. Torie says:

    Oh god don't tell me that!! I could always get her to go in the gutter before we go in next time, just to see if that will work. Should I just get her to go to the kerb, then put her on long lead? Xx.

  5. Michelle says:

    If the load wasn't a normal colour, it is probably a tummy upset. Troy has had a couple of tummy upsets where he does his business but it's more watery and stuff. At other times though, I make him kick the habit when it's a healthy bowel, because if the dogs start doing it when they're not sick, the things can go a bit haywire. But don't worry, if she was a bit sick, that's a different story. Lol you'd be running to the bathroom if you had bad tummy pains…Take careMichelle

  6. Terri says:

    hi, yes you do that but only in a quite road or between parked cars but only if you think she needs to go, with Uma she just likes going for the sake of it.

  7. Erin and Co. says:

    Don't be embarrassed, believe me as a puppy walker my dogs have accidents in public more times than I can count. I've just learned to carry clean up supplies with me all the time, until I'm positive of the dogs schedule. Even then we still may mess up a time or two. oh well. such is life. :smile:Erin and Guide Pup Pompei @ Pompei’s Progress

  8. Torie says:

    It's just embarrassing when it happens. At least pups sort of have an excuse! 21 month olds don't really!!! Maybe it was just tummy pains, but she only did it the once, and she didn't do any more.Thanks for the reassurance though. I wished there was a whole I could have crawled into that day though! Xxx.

  9. I wouldn't worry. During the eight years i had Freddie he did that twice. Both times were outside thank god but both times he was just feeling a little under the weather. As you already know giving out to the dog is really not a good thing to do so you did the best thing by telling her off in a quiet voice.Once the dog leaves the house I would never give it a chance to spend unless of course I was away for an extended amount of time. for example about eight hours. In that case, I'd let the dog spend after four hours but this would be a very unusual situation as the dog needs to know that once it leaves it's not going to get a chance to go until it returns.Of course, every dog is different. I don't mean to say that someone who spends their dog while working is doing the wrong thing, it's just not something I would allow a dog to do. I found that sometimes if I fed Freddie, left him for a while then worked him he'd need to spend after about five minutes. I noticed that if he had a quick play, only for a few seconds or so just before going to spend then he'd be much more comfortable. Keep in mind though that they strongly suggest that dogs don't get too hiper after feeding as it can have very unwelcome side effects. Have you ever considered joining the Irish guide dogs list? It might be the perfect medium for you to ask questions and get answers from some very experienced guide dog owners.

  10. Terri says:

    UK guide dogs teach us to take them atleast every 4 hours where ever we are, in a gutter or on concrete.I have a golden retriever cross and she goes quite often, not my choice but she has always been like that. I have set places for her to spend on my routes and she normally hangs on untill we get to each spot. Some times it cant be helped they need to go and i definately wouldnt make her hold on to it, as that would make the problem worse. She tends to hold it in when i try and get her to go in her pen, no amount of running her up and down, dummy runs playing or saying busy busy works!

  11. Torie says:

    It's amazing how poo can generate so many comments!!! Must write about it more often lol!!I think there is a UK mailing list out there somewhere, but i can't remember what it is. I was just so horrified. I have been giving her extra long to go before the walk, and just walk her about a bit until she goes. Sometimes she is stubborn though and won't go.And I would hate to play with her after feeding!!! Hyper dog after food =twisty stomach, and that is bad bad bad bad bad bad bad bad bad!!I'll prob never know what caused it, but it was prob just that she held it in all day, then plop. She only did it the once. She went this morning though, so I didn't have to worry thank god.I'm off to a social event on Thursday so hopefully she won't leave an unexpected present!!Thanks again for the reassurances, and I really hope that it never happens again. Xxx.

  12. Carin says:

    I always say that you haven't truly been initiated until your pooch takes a good ol' crapperoo in a place it shouldn't. My first dog left a smelly one in my bank. Luckily I had a bag…and these things are here to teach us stuff. Always have a spare bag in case of incidental spending needs, and…that's what the I gotta poop pull feels like!I wouldn't worry unless it becomes a chronic problem.

  13. Ro says:

    Yep I agree with Carin, you've been initiated lol. There's always a bit of shell shock after they do that. As you know, it's happened with jayden a few times, but I'm getting to know his system now. On days where there's more activity than normal, he's at more risk of needing to drop a load. That's just how his system is. He does that xact same pull that ushi did, exactly. Now we both know what to watch for lol. And this is why I never, ever, ever leave the house without a poop bag. I don't care if I'm taking him to do a pee, or get the mail or whatever. I always have a bag. If there's no pockets, I stick the bag in my shirt or my waist band lol. It's just comforting to know I'm prepared.

  14. Torie says:

    I think a very important lesson has been learned-never leave without a bag! Ever since Sunday though, she has done her load first thing in the morning, which is good, as it means that it's done and dusted. I wouldn't have thought that it would come out that quickly!!Thankfully it didn't happen when I was on my own-can't imagine how fun that would have been!!Yeah Carren it kind of did smell a bit. When it happened a guy walked past and was like "Oh my god! is that dog shite? Oh my god!". Felt like saying "No it's yours", but I was that embarrassed that I refrained.I'm going prezzie shopping for her tomorrow, as I think she is bored of her two toys, and just because I feel like spoiling her! Xxx, and I deffinetly think i should write about pooh more often! That's the longest thread i've had so far!

  15. Ro says:

    Don't let the morning poop fool ya. Jayden always poops in the morning, but has still had to go after lots of walking. So never feel like, oh she's empty, lol! And yeah, poop is important among guide dog handlers hahah!

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