Wish that I had known about the match/suppository deal a long time ago when
I took Mango, my collie cross on a ferry boat trip in S.Eastern Alaska once.
He stayed in the
car or his portable cage kennel the whole trip. Freqently in the day the
dog owners were allowed to walk their dogs down in the car deck and the
waste was hosed off. Mango would not go,although he did lift his leg a time
or two to urinate. He did not find that the deck was a suitable toilet. I
took him to the other doggy examples but he would not loosen up.
Boy was he a happy dog when we got to the first port where the dogs could be
taken off the boat 4 days later. He was so relieved to finaly be able to
go. We walked and pooped and walked and pooped. I never thought walking
your dog to do his business could bring so much joy.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Mara Riley" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Monday, May 13, 2002 11:27 AM
Subject: Re: Housebreaking Help Needed
> No, it's not an old wife's tale. I was told to use that method by
> the rescue from which I got my first dog, a Sheltie. She had been
> living outside for a while. She was so terrified of going anywhere
> 'wrong' that she would hold it and hold it until she couldn't any
> longer and then would go inside the house.
> The idea is that you put the match in to stimulate the need to 'go',
> and then praise the dog for going where you want it to. I haven't
> had to use the 'match' method for years, as our other dogs haven't
> had that problem, but it sure worked... Also worked to get stool
> samples 'on demand' for the vet's office.