Tips for Dogs Refusing to Potty in the Rain
Why Dogs Refuse to Potty in the Rain
Are your dogs refusing to go potty in the rain? Who can blame them, nobody really likes getting drenched. If you have a dog that doesn't like to go out when it's raining, the situation may be quite frustrating to deal with, especially on those days when there's a steady rain that never stops and your dog must go potty before going to bed for the night.
Why does your dog dislike rain so much? There may be several reasons. One of them is lack of exposure. Many dogs aren't used to being exposed to the rain when they are puppies so they grow up not being used much to the rain and the sensation of getting wet. Sometimes, the cause may be negative associations. If say, your dog one day is tentative in going out when it's raining and you get upset and scold him, your dog may start associating the rain with bad things. Another problem may be people who overreact to rain and make a big deal when getting wet. Some people avoid rain as much as possible when walking their dogs and avoid puddles like the plague.Not to mention, if we always get frustrated when our dogs won't potty in the rain, we can make matters even worse. Dogs easily pick up our moods and reactions, so they may learn that rain is bad and should be avoided at all costs.
For those who live in Arizona, things can be particularly problematic because dogs aren't too accustomed to seeing this much rain for a good part of the year, and then during monsoon season, here comes the rain non-stop for days at a time. Dealing with this problem first hand with my Rottweilers, I have come up with a nice list of tips to help your dog become more comfortable in going potty in the rain.
Read on for Tips to Help You Succeed....
Seven Tips to Help
1) Get your dog used to water
There are chances that domestication has spoiled our dogs. Dogs in the wild must get wet if they want to eat. Domesticated dogs rarely get wet nowadays. I recommend getting young dogs used to getting wet from a young age. I add getting a bit wet in my socialization classes. Get a garden hose and let your dog play with the water. Your dog will have lots of fun! I was reluctant to believe this at first but after being shy a few minutes my dogs had a blast playing in the water!
2) Feed on wet grass
Rain is often not the only problem with dogs who hate rain. Many dogs seem to also hate walking on the wet grass. Well, guess what? You can classically condition your dog to love wet grass, here's how. If it is has not recently rained, lightly make the grass humid with a garden hose and put your dog's food bowl down in the wet grass or toss some treats around. You can play a fun game of fetch on the wet grass. Your dog will start to associate wet grass with food or other fun things, or at least will learn that wet grass is nothing to worry about.
3) Let them walk
Walking stimulates elimination. Take your dog for a walk in the rain. Sooner or later the urge will come, so be patient. It may be tough at first but they will get used to the rain and gradually getting used to it will shorten the time to go potty.
4) Invest in a large umbrella
If you are looking for short cuts this may work. Doggy boots may be helpful as well as would a dog raincoat. But be aware: should one of these items be missing, your dog will go back to categorically refusing to go potty. Don't have an umbrella? Get your dog a nice rain coat instead!
5) Use a covered spot
It's not a bad idea to take your dog to a covered area to potty. Look for a tree with thick foliage, a car port under dirt or build an area that is covered but that has still dirt under that you can bring your dog to when it rains.Of course, if you're using a public place, don't forget to pick up after your dog!
6) Wait until your dog really needs to go
This may work in some cases. If it is raining outside, delay your dog's potty time. Let's say instead of 9 PM take your dog out at 10:30 PM or perhaps wait when your dog goes to the door. At this point, the urge to potty may override the fear of the rain.
7) Train a "Go Potty" Cue
This will help you dog generalize the behavior of going potty to different situations, places and scenarios. This is a very helpful cue your want your dog to learn as it can make going potty a breeze. Here are tips on how to Train your dog how to potty on command.
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© 2008 Adrienne Janet Farricelli
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