Dogs are creatures of habit and tend to use the same ares for toileting. Most dogs will become very distressed if they are not able to get outside quickly enough to toilet. In addition to noticing that dogs may start to have ‘accidents ‘ in the house owners may notice that their dog changes their posture for toileting or may start to walk as they try to pass a stool.

Top tips

● Ensure that there is a clear, non slippery ‘path’ for your dog to get from inside to outside ● Encourage your dog to go out a bit more regularly. This will ensure that they have more opportunity to relieve themselves at the same time as helping them not to become too stiff.

● Adequate traction, particularly on their hind limbs will help with stability, so attention to claws and foot hair will help. If this is not enough using boots, rubber paw covers or surfaces applied to the pads may help. Be aware that covering the dogs feet will reduce their awareness of the position of their legs, so monitor how your dog responds and do not use if they appear more clumsy walking.

● Support harnesses and slings will help to stabilise the dog but ensure that you are shown how to use these correctly as incorrect use may make it very uncomfortable/painful