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Hello,My name is XXXXX XXXXX I'm a biologist with a special interest in pet health, and over 30 years experience training dogs. Some additional information will be helpful.How old is your dog, and has he lived on the boat his entire life?What exactly do you mean when you say the astroturf is well- seasoned?Has your dog ever urinated or defecated while on the boat?Are there any methods you have tried besides showing him the area? (I don't want to tell you about things you have already tried).Thank you.Anna
Thank you for the response. When you say "Dogs generally cannot hold their urine or feces long enough to cause actual health problems" HOW long is that? I mentioned he has held it > 36 hours and when let off the boat after that time he didn't seem rushed to go. How long could a dog hold it? Our dog is a pug/terrier and weighs 35 pounds. Also, if the dog is holding it and we are getting nervous is there anything we can do to help him go? Medications? Actions? Massage?? Anything that could help him along?