Mattie and her 'Potty Strike'
#1
I have had an ongoing issue with Mattie and what I call the 'Potty Strike' when we travel.  Every time we take a trip I have the same issue.  This summer we took two trips and the pattern was the same.  I let both dogs out just before we leave home and then during the trip Mattie holds it and refuses to potty.  Both trips it took 34-36 hours to get her to pee and I had to walk her for at least 20 minutes (and this was after walking her multiple times).  She didn't poo until we reached our destination so she held it for about 55 hours.   I need to figure out how to fix this because I worry that it is harmful for her to hold it that long.  She will go on leash so I don't think that is the issue.
 
The only thing I can think of is when we are home is to practice.  I will take her out in the yard on leash and tell her "go potty" (what we use for Tasha) and then when she goes jackpot her favorite treat.  When she gets used to going on command then I could take her away from the house when I know she needs to go (I have lots of open desert near my home) and get her used to going potty away from the house.  Does this sound like a good plan?  Any suggestions?
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#2
Following this because... yea.

This is what I've been told to look for:

Potty texture preferences (grass, pine straw... in your case, maybe sand? Tongue )
Exercise (you're already doing that, Ember will also not go after 40 minutes of walking in a circle, we did that a few days ago)

And this was suggested to me:

Stick the butt end of a match up her butt (unlit, as was clarified to me Tongue ) when you feel the need to force the issue
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#3
The match trick works really well, BUT that is because the sulphur burns their anus, so only do this when it really matters that they go.
Gotta love 'em.
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#4
I was told about the match trick but it sounds like a mean thing to do and it doesn't solve the problem long term. I know it is stress from travel. Tasha goes less when we travel but always often enough that I don't get concerned. Mattie is better about going off leash so I guess we will just have to practice going on leash and see if that works next time.
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#5
I haven't tried the trick myself, I don't trust myself to not hurt her in some way. Let us know if that works!
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#6
I am wondering if in addition to the stress of travelling perhaps dogs also become a little dehydrated from the travelling in a car with air-con. I know long journeys effect me like this. Maybe more refreshment stops and adding something to the water to make it irresistible and encourage higher consumption than usual. ????
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#7
Or increasing fiber to make the intestines retain fluid.
Gotta love 'em.
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