So, it's another Benny thread!
We got Benny a little over a month ago. We've been working on his training and he's done well with most things! He now gets into his crate, sits, and lays on command. He loves the cat and they are best buds. We are working on heel and come, which he somewhat understands, and we're working on him listening on command when we have new and exciting people over.
Well... except for his pooping issue.
We've been getting used to each other's schedules. At first he wasn't pooping at all but after a few days he did. Then he was only pooping once a day- morning or night. It seems random. Every now and then he poops twice a day; again, it seems random. We feed him the same amount once a night now and things have settled out some.
Except for the fact that he won't poop in the yard. He likes to go in the house. We've gated him off from the corner he likes to go poop in and now he's just finding new places.
The thing is, if we take him for walks around the streets and neighborhood he'll poop outside but he absolutely refuses to do so in our yard. We don't have a backyard I can let him out in by himself to go so on the leash and in front it has to be. He pees in the yard but he just won't take a shit.
The obvious solution is to walk him around the neighborhood but we're trying to get him to use our yard because of my schedule. When Quid starts deploying I'll be taking care of the dog solo and if I work a night shift I'm not home till sometime between 11PM-12AM. If Benny hadn't pooped that morning I'm really not comfortable walking all around the streets that late, even though it's not a terribly unsafe neighborhood.
Or sometimes it's raining.
I'm not sure what the hell else to do.
He pees in the front. We reinforce him with treats. We decided our new tactic the past few days was to not talk him for long walks and instead walking him all around the house, front and back, multiple times a day. I've been out there 10 minutes or more with him at a time so he can get his exercise and maybe work his poop out. Nope. He refuses to go. He didn't poop for two whole days of this before he finally couldn't hold it any longer and did it right behind my husband's computer chair... while he was sitting there.
This morning after two 15+ minutes periods a piece of being outside in the yards and peeing he wouldn't poop. And then when I was up taking my shower he did it in the living room.
I'm not sure how to properly take care of this. He won't poop in his crate so now it's back into the crate when we're not near him/home. I feel bad for him but I'm tired of dealing of this. He likes the crate! He's like "Oh, look, time for a nap!" when he's misbehaving and goes in there.
What do we do?
tl;dr: Dog will poop around the neighborhood and inside my house but not in our yard. He pees in the yard fine. Taking him for walks around streets is not optimal at 12 AM when I am alone. How do we get him to poop in the yard?