My pug is holding her bladder?

I've had my new pug for about a week. I adopted her from the Mid-Atlantic Pug Rescue. She's 3 years old and totally housetrained. She has no trouble going #2 outside, but for some reason she rarely will go pee outside! She'll only go once, maybe twice, a day. We can't find anywhere in the house that she's been going (we keep a close eye on her) and she'll go to the door, but when I take her out, she just won't go! Sometimes we'll stay out for 15 minutes or more, walking around trying to find a good spot for her.

We do have two male Pomeranians, and I thought she might not want to go in "their" yard, so I take her to places where they don't go, and she still doesn't seem to want to go. Also, she doesn't show any signs of any health problems. Could she just still be adjusting to her new surroundings? Does anyone have any suggestions or similar experiences?


Brooke & Abby


RedRoss9 (over 6 years ago)

My thinking is that all Pugs are different.  Molly and Stan go 1 and 2 multiple times a day.  Charlie, however, usually only pees once or twice, and only poos once.  Do you feel that she is drinking enough water to justify multiple pees?  Does input equal output? 

It might be worth a call to the vet if you're really concerned.  In the meantime, I'll try to remember to e-mail or text Sarah and see how Abby's potty habits were when she was being fostered. 

brookekaylyn (over 6 years ago)

She drinks quite a bit, but when she does go, she goes a lot, so it does seem pretty equal. Maybe I'm just being overly worried, I was just wondering if anyone else's pugs had the same habits. I'll probably give the vet a call later!

RedRoss9 (over 6 years ago)

Charlie must have a 10 gallon bladder, I swear.  He'll pee for 2 minutes or so!  It's just crazy.  My feelings are that if she is peeing as much as she's drinking, and she doesn't seem to try to go but can't...there probably isn't much to worry about.  I tend to be overly worried about my babies, too.  If Molly so much as hacks and coughs once...we're off to the vet!  So I understand, totally.  Keep me updated on the little critters progress!

brookekaylyn (over 6 years ago)

I will! Right now I'm thinking she just won't go out because it's raining. I take her on the porch and she looks at me like "Seriously?" Haha.

KatB (over 6 years ago)

I agree with Red. I would keep watching her though. And may want to let your vet know if this continues. Wouldn't want her to get an infection. China Rose doesn't pee but about 3-4  times a day. And rainy days? Mine won't go outside. So I put the potty patch down just in case. If she isn't goin in the house that's good. Congrads on your new puggy girl. Thanks for adopting her.

aokrongly (over 6 years ago)

I'm a dog trainer.  Some dogs are "markers".  They really, really want to use their pee to mark while on a walk.  Very often I'll see where a dog won't go in the yard very well but if you take them on a walk around the block they will go 20 times.  Just a thought.

docand (over 6 years ago)

I think that this may be something that's common in all dogs.  I notice when my two dogs go outside to pee, one will squat, then the other will sniff that spot and pee on top of it.  It's the same on our hiking trail.  Both my girls will go the minute  they get on the  trail.HA!!   Many people bring their dogs on the trail just to's not right, but they do.  I pick up afterwards!!!!     Doc

Frankie2009 (over 6 years ago)

guess just like everyone said just keep and eye. Frankie..goes twice a day ussually unless we are on our walkies then it is every 5 minutes! lol  I have seen him have pee's that last minutes ! and I wonder how he holds it so long...but he does let us know when he has to go! but he is a priss. He doesn't like to get his paws wet and dislikes the it more of an effort we get up getting cold and wet just trying to get him to go. When we had the house it was not too bad to get him to go now that we are in an 3 floor walk up apartment it a diffrent story...but he had done very well about not going in the house unless his human staff...are not paying attention to his signals....keep us posted.

rumccormick (about 6 years ago)

I am having similar issues with Lucy our rescue of a month. She holds her urine for 12 or 13 hours. She is not quite 2 so I know her bladder is stronger at this point but I am going to call our vet today

JanandSass (about 6 years ago)

Just one thing that Doc reminded me of, actually. Don't worry about taking her away from the other dog's "go" areas. They do like to go on top of other dog's "gos". If she was in a cage all day at the rescue place, maybe she didn't have a chance to just go whenever, so she had to learn to hold it. She will "unlearn" that eventually. They have amazing holding power and I have seen Sass hold hers for 12 hours too. (She does NOT like to get out of her cozy blankie in the mornings, especially if it is cold out!)

KatB (about 6 years ago)

I am wondering? Maybe these rescues were use to being in cages and holding their pee. Not really knowing where they came from and all. Sometimes breeders keep their dogs in crates and cages for long periods of time. If it continues I would take her for a pee sample to to be sure she is ok.

cyndiecity (almost 6 years ago)

Pugs are new to me. I've never owned one or have ever known anyone who has one. ( : I have the same problem with my new 2 year old Pug LuLu. I adopted her from the animal shelter a month ago and after hearing her story of the horrible conditions she came from I knew it was gonna be a lot of work to potty train her. My concern as well is that she only pees once a day. She's never out of my sight and I crate her at night. She drinks water and eats good dog food. She gets tons of exercise playing with my other dogs. I take her out regularly. She's so busy wanting to play that sometimes it seems like she just doesn't want to take the time to pee ! I'm gonna give her another week and if nothing changes I'm calling the vet.

Sofezmom (almost 6 years ago)

Lots of good suggestions here. I don't know about crates and caging but Sophia definitely did NOT like to go out in the rain. Many a time I stood out there with an umbrella over her after she held as long as she could! But if she strains and not much comes out there is a problem. Good idea to keep watch and it never hurts to take her in for a check.

JanandSass (almost 6 years ago)

LOL - Sasha is bribable - If it's raining I tell her: "hurry up and make pee so we can go in and get a cookie!" Works every time - but I started when she was young with that line.

Sofezmom (almost 6 years ago)

I forgot to add that now that Sophia is blind she doesn't realize it's raining until she gets out into it. So she does it quickly...

amylynn1230 (over 4 years ago)

My pug hasn't peed since yesterday morning. It snowed quite a bit the other night and is very cold. I cleared a patch of grass for him which has worked in the past but he's not going. I've walked him a couple times and he finally pooped last night but still no pee. I'm thinking about trying the potty patch. Has anyone had any luck with that???
Btw...Rocky also doesn't go out in rain unless its an absolute emergency. He doesn't like to get his paws wet. I bought him a coat and boots but he won't keep the boots on.