Just a few days ago we moved from West Virginia to Texas. In West Virginia we had a small apartment without a yard. Therefore, we would hook our Havanese on a leash and let him go out in the front yard to use the restroom. He was very lively and energetic, and seemed to be a very happy dog.
We have now been in Houston for four days (still lots of boxes around) and things are different. One of the reasons we picked this town home is it has a back yard where he can go out to relieve himself. However, he won't. If I take him out front on a leash he will relieve himself, or he will do it on a walk, but he won't in the back yard. The back yard was initially without grass, so I purchased some sod and put that in a couple planters as well as on the concrete, just to give him some grass. Still no dice thus far.
He also hasn't been eating or drinking much at all, his urine is a darker yellow than normal, and he has been moping around the house quite a bit. He seems depressed, definitely not his normal lively self. We have tried to do extra walks and other fun things, but it has been hard with the oppressive Houston heat and the need to get things done before my job starts next week.
Do you all have any thoughts on both how we can help make him happier as well as how we can get him to go to the bathroom in the yard? I plan on giving the grass more time, but is there something we could spray on the grass to attract him and make him want to use it? We have also thought about hooking him on a leash to go out into the back yard. Our thought was that perhaps he thought the back yard was part of the house since he didn't have to wear a leash back there. I have had him out a few times with a hand-held leash, but he always just wants to go on a walk (not that I can blame him).
It has been a hard few days on all of us because we got this place with him in mind. I am hoping that it is just a funk because of the move, and that in a few days he will be more in his element. However, if you have any suggestions to improve doggie mood or help him use the back yard I would love to hear them! Thank you in advance for taking the time to help!