That’s a good early morning topic, right? We just went through our morning routine of trying to get Speck outside on a cool morning.
During the warm months, when the sunshine is plentiful, Speck has to go out at least a dozen times a day. I know he doesn’t really have to go out that much but who am I to say when he really has to go or when he really wants to just walk around in the sun. This is the first house we haven’t had a fence and I have to walk him on a leash so . . when Speck has to go out, someone has to go out with him. If it’s warm, he will walk around and just enjoy the sunshine . . as long as we let him. Every now and then, I’m daydreaming – not paying attention to what he’s doing and I look and he’s stretched out on the grass . . like he’s going to take a nap right there while I’m left holding the leash! Don’t think so . . get up and do something! When he’s finally ready to go in, he runs in and wants a treat, whether he’s done anything or not!
But, when it gets cold (and anything less than about 65 degrees is cold for Speck), I often have to pick him up to get him outside. The minute I say “Want to go out?”, he starts shaking. Then he rolls over onto his back so it’s almost impossible to pick him up. It sometimes takes much coaxing and even a treat to get him out the door and then he’s real quick about it!
There has to be some anatomical explanation why a dog has to “go” 12 or more times a day during the summer and 3 times a day during the winter is more than sufficient!