Q: I love walking and jogging with my Pointer, Rosco – when he's ready to run, he totally keeps me in shape! But, unfortunately he wants to stop all the time, like a couple times each block, to pee. Eventually if I start jogging, he'll run as well, but if I'm just walking him on a potty break or slow the pace even a little, he takes it as his cue to go. Umm, and after the first five minutes, nothing's even coming out anymore! What's up with this?
A: I can definitely relate as my male dog looooves marking things and does the leg-lift-no-liquid thing, too. When walking, start out at a slow pace letting the pup stop to go. After a while, you'll notice a routine and be able to calculate how many breaks he needs to finish. Once you notice that there's nothing left inside, simply give your "finish" command (whatever that word is for your pet) and gently move him along. You should soon be able to limit the subsequent stops and have a dog down to three to five "pee/mark breaks" per short walk. Good luck!