Taking Fido for a walk can be fun, but, at times, it is also a chore. If you are taking your dog out before heading out to work, or perhaps Fido has awakened you to take him out in the middle of the night—those trips to “go potty” seem to be endless.
Some dogs take forever to completely “do their business.” Pups who are learning to housebreak often take longer to “go” than their more mature peers. Occasionally, your dog will experience constipation, and this is another reason you should know how to make a dog poop rather quickly. We’ll take a look at ways you can get Fido to poop when she’d rather play as well as some remedies for dog constipation, which can increase the time she takes to do her business.
1. Use wipes.
Let’s just cut to the chase. We love our fur babies, but very few of us are excited about having to touch Fido’s “nether regions.” However, if you are running a little late for work or it’s late and you’re ready for bed, then this is an easy, albeit off-putting, method of getting your dog to poop rather quickly.
You may use baby wipes to do this, but, you can also use eco-friendly wipes to gently wipe in a circular motion around your dog’s anus. You may have to use multiple wipes to accomplish “the go,” but it is a safe and easy way to get your dog to quickly poop.
Keep in mind that this tends to work better if Fido is getting ready to poop anyway; this method is not recommended for pups experiencing constipation.
2. Provide consistent exercise.
When you work on housebreaking with Fido, getting him to urinate outside is fairly easy. Making a dog poop quickly is another story.
If it seems as if Fido just walks around in the yard, sniffs, goes “number one,” and is then ready to go inside, you may want to add some play to the routine of going outside. You may have to devote around fifteen to twenty minutes to playtime or walking briskly in the yard.
It is also a good idea to create a routine where your dog eats, then goes outside immediately. This is highly recommended when you’re housebreaking a dog. In time, your dog will automatically go to the door for a potty break.
So, feed your dog as you normally would. As soon as your pup is finished, then take him out. As usual, he’ll urinate fairly quickly. You may notice that he sniffs and “marks” his territory several times. This is the time to engage him in play. In fact, if you can get your dog to run—perhaps you can play a game of fetch or you can attach him to a retractable dog leash and the two of you can take a jog together—your dog will poop rather quickly.
Now, this is difficult to do when you are in a hurry to go somewhere, but, if you will add this to your mealtime routine, Fido will soon learn that he must do all of his business, so to speak, when he is outside after a meal.
3. The “water squirting” method—best for potty training puppies
This method of getting your dog to poop quickly can be messy. You can try this outdoors (remember, only take your dog outside to use the bathroom once he has completed all his vaccinations—about sixteen weeks), but, if you must do this indoors, set your puppy on a puppy training pad before you get started. You may need assistance if you have an active puppy!
It is best to use a squeeze bottle rather than a spritzer/sprayer bottle. You’ll fill the squeeze bottle with cool—not cold—water. Cut the tip-off of the squeeze bottle. While your partner is holding Fido, gently lift his tail and squirt around his anus. You won’t have to squeeze very much water before Fido is attempting to go poop.
Two things to keep in mind—first, this works best when you are training your dog. You CAN use this method as Fido ages to encourage him to go when you need him to go quickly, but this is not a good idea for older dogs. Second, this will not work well for dogs who are constipated.
It is also important to remember that if your dog shows any kind of stress, you should stop this method immediately. It is difficult for puppies to go through this stage, and you may actually do more harm than good if the dog associates stress with potty time.
4. The ice cube method
This method is going to require some patience on your part, and, there is a bit of a “yuck” factor involved. The ice cube method works very well, whether your dog is constipated or not.
Simply put, you’ll take an ice cube and place it on your dog’s anus. Be prepared for your dog to back off because the ice cub IS uncomfortable. However, hold it in place, and soon your dog will be getting into the proper position to “go.”
You may want to do this outdoors, but, if you must carry this method out indoors, then have puppy pads around for you to be able to easily clean up behind Fido.
5. Let’s talk about diet and constipation.
Most dogs don’t experience constipation very often. However, just as when humans experience the discomfort of constipation, your dog may experience stomach cramps, bloating, and pain due to the condition.
Diet is the chief cause of dog constipation. Dogs are just like us in that they must have two elements present in order to poop properly—fiber and water. Constipation in dogs is not simply the lack of producing a stool but it can be seen in a dog that produces very hard stools or strains to poop. It is important to remember that dogs can develop an obstipation—this means that the dog has so much stool in its system that is not being eliminated, and the dog may get to a point where she cannot poop at all.
If you notice that your dog hasn’t pooped AT ALL for a few days, Fido could be experiencing constipation . Another sign of constipation in dogs is hard, dry stools that look and feel like pebbles.
So, what can you do when your dog is experiencing constipation? You’ll need to first look at her diet. As previously stated, you’re going to want to make sure there is plenty of fiber in the dog food. Your dog’s food label may mention a percentage of “crude fiber.” However, you must ensure that your dog is getting the right amount of insoluble fiber in order to have great “gut” health. Look for ingredients such as beets and pumpkin. These are high in natural fiber, and they are very healthy for Fido. Foods with probiotics are also good at preventing constipation.
Things you should AVOID in dog food, as they CAN cause constipation (as well as a host of other health issues) include bones and bone meal.
Another thing you must do to help your dog’s digestive system work properly is to make sure she has access to as much water as she needs and wants. Like humans, dogs must get enough water to make sure their digestive system works properly. You may want to look into a gravity-fed water bowl and automatic dog feeder. This will help to keep Fido hydrated and fed while you’re away at work. Never leave Fido in the dog crate for several hours during the day without access to water. While puppies can and do tend to turn over their water and food bowls when they are left in a crate for some time, you can purchase bowls that attach to the kennel so that they can’t turn over their water or food.
Now, let’s take a look at other things that can get a dog constipated. Unfortunately, dogs tend to eat some things they shouldn’t. You may notice your puppy chewing and swallowing parts of a tennis ball or other toy you gave him to for play purposes. It is always important to purchase sturdy toys (unfortunately, as much as some pups love tennis balls, they are not made for sharp puppy teeth) so that they don’t fall apart when your puppy chews them. If you do notice your dog chewing a toy that is ripped, then take the toy away immediately.
If you have a cat in your home, it is a good idea to keep the cat litter box cover. Unfortunately, some dogs will eat cat poop or the litter itself. There are several reasons for this. Some dogs have vitamin deficiencies, and they will eat not only their own poop but Kitty’s poop too! Some dogs are simply curious, and they eat cat poop out of this curiosity. It is best to invest in a covered kitty litter box from the start. However, keep in mind that some smaller dogs will find a way to get into the litter box. If this is the case, you may need to store the cat litter box in an area that Fido is not apt to go.
Some dogs eat hair, plastic, pieces of furniture—you name it, Fido will chew it! You may need to crate your dog when you are away so that she won’t chew and inadvertently swallow these items and possibly have an intestinal obstruction later on.
Age is also a factor in whether a dog experiences constipation or not. Some elderly dogs don’t have bowel movements as often as they once did. Dogs that do not get a lot of exercises may find themselves with digestive issues. Dogs with anal gland issues, an enlarged prostate, or an electrolyte imbalance may also experience constipation. In some of these cases, a change in diet or more water will not solve the problem, and you’ll have to see a vet.
1. How do you make a constipated dog poop fast?
You can use baby wipes or dog-safe wipes to rub around your dog’s rear. You may have to use several wipes to achieve the desired effect, but, this should encourage your dog to poop. It is a good idea to make sure Fido has enough water and add fiber to her diet to combat constipation.
2. What home remedy can I give my dog for constipation?
Pumpkin is a dietary fiber, and it is an ingredient in many dog foods to add fiber to your dog’s diet. However, if you’re unsure about how to prepare a pumpkin for Fido, you can always use canned wet dog food to produce a bowel movement. The added water in canned dog food often prompts a successful poop.
3. What foods make dogs poop quickly?
Pumpkin is a natural dietary fiber that is safe for dogs as well as beet pulp. Both of these are included in some higher-end dog foods. Most vet-prescription dog foods are high in fiber as well. Canned dog food of any variety typically results in a dog having a bowel movement.