How Do I Get My Dog to Go Potty in the Rain?

Teach your dog to be fast when she's going to the bathroom by delaying the reward until after she does her business. This may mean simply standing by the bushes (or wherever she likes to potty) and giving your pooch little attention until she is finished. As soon as your dog potties, the fun can start!

Without this training, picky pee-ers have little reason to go right away. You would be amazed how long a pooch can hold her pee, especially when faced with bad weather conditions. In addition, many pooches have learned to hold their pee because their owners have inadvertently trained them to delay the call of nature by teaching them that once they potty, the walk or game of fetch ends and they are taken back inside.

Find the Right Motivation

When teaching your dog to go to the bathroom quickly and on command, it’s important to identify what your pet really wants in order to give her the most motivational reward. I’ve taught my Pugs that when they go outside, the first thing they need to do is go potty. In good weather, their reward may be a stuffed food puzzle or treat, petting and praise, or outdoor playtime. On cold weather days, when both Pugs are reluctant to go outside in the snow or rain, they’ve been taught that only after they go potty can they come back inside the warm house. I also use treats on cold days to motivate them to get their business done in a speedy manner.

Finally, though it may sound silly, for dogs who are especially sensitive to wet or cold conditions, special outdoor gear may help. A rain jacket can make wet weather a little more tolerable, while dogs who dislike wet or cold pavement or grass can be trained to wear special booties to protect their paws.

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