Should we worry?
I ask this question here, because I don't think we should worry, and you more experienced owners might have some insight, and I don't think the vet will thank me for the query.
Maggie is her usual self, despite the recent episode with the toe nail. Full of energy, fun, etc.
Recently though I have noticed that she on occasion decides to take herself off to bed, just pops off up stairs and into her crate. This is fine, except she won't have been out for her last toilet time, so we have to convince her back downstairs.
she just does not want to go out to the toilet. She has started to pee in the rocky part of the garden rather than the grassy part, and seems reluctant to put her paws down on the ground, but only when she is out for toilet time. The temperature has dropped here and we've had a lot of rain, so she's very reluctant to go out...and often will stand at the door for 10 minutes while I try to convince her to go to the toilet. When she does go, she gets lots of praise and a treat, so it's not that....but I worry that she is 'holding' on. We also use the command, 'toilet time', which was working up to this weather change.
Same thing first thing in the morning, she used to bound out of the crate, and straight downstairs to get out for a pee....more recently, we open the crate, and she just looks at us, and goes back to sleep. This morning we had to really encourage her out of the crate, downstairs and out into the garden. She just stayed in the crate with the door open for an extra hour. once she had been out, and was back in the house, she was back to bouncing off the walls...but it seems that in the mornings, she's happy to just chill out, and stay in bed. This did start when she was restricted with her foot bandages, and we did think she was getting depressed, so we organised that she could go back to daycare, which helped, but this week she is in the full of her health, and yet still, reluctant to go out to toilet.
We now keep an umbrella by the back door for the heavy rain days, she will eventually be cajoled out into the garden under the umbrella. But seriously, should we worry, or is she just growing up, or is it just that she doesn't like winter coming? She'll be 1 in 2 weeks.