Post # 1
How do you handle dog walks when it rains? Do you go? Do you not?
My challenge is our new adult dog has NOT learned where to potty in our backyard. And, I’ve been making the problem worse by taking her out for lots of walks where she does her business instead of forcing her to potty in her ‘spot’.
It’s suppose to rain this weekend and I’m realizing I have no idea how I’m going to handle this!
Would love any ideas, tips, or suggestions for this newbie pet owner.
Post # 3
I’m up walking my dog every morning at 6 am regardless of the weather. I have a good rain jacket, rain pants, hat and hiking boots I wear, and keep a towel by the door to dry the dog’s feet before he comes in the house.
Post # 4
@oracle: Supposedly they like to go where it smells like them. If you leave some of her poop in her “spot” (as in pick it up from where she goes and move it to where you want her to go) then it will smell like her and she will start wanting to go there. I couldn’t try this with my dog bc we have a shared yard and I think the neighbors would be pretty upset, but I’ve heard good things from other dog owners. If your dog circles before she goes, you can try forcing her to walk in circles when you take her to her spot to encourage her to go. (This worked with our dog who has to circle before she goes.)
Post # 5
No, I don’t. She is small dog. If we can’t go out due to weather she gets PLENTY of play time in the house for some good exercise. 🙂
Oh, you are talking about potty runs, not exercise walks. haha
Hmmm, what I do is use puppy pads. But I am sure others would not.
Post # 6
I live in the city and don’t have a yard, so we have to go on “walks” everytime, rain, snow, whatever. But I make it quick walks when it’s bad out. I’m lucky because my dog doesn’t like being outside in the rain, we walk only about 1-4 houses away until she finds a spot, and as soon as she goes she turns around and is ready to run back inside.
On the occasion that she wants to go a bit further and I’m not having it I just basically force her to pick a close by spot and go. I’ll direct her to a grassy spot, and stand there until she goes. The leash is only so long so she gets the hint eventually. You could probably do that in your yard to help her get used to it.
Post # 7
We house trained our dog when he was a puppy on pee pads so when it rains we just put a pee pad down by his old spot by the door when it rains. The pee pads have some scent that attract dogs? He’ll do his business, but he’ll still get all antsy and want to go outside and follow me and give me puppy dog eyes that scream “hey lady! you forgot to take me out today!” at least I think that’s what he’s saying…
Post # 8
We go. Me with my umbrella. She gets wet.
My dog also will only do business on a walk. I’m fine with that. Keeps the yard clean.
Post # 9
@cvbee: Lol I used to try keeping my dog under the umbrella. She didn’t understand it, so she gets wet too.
Post # 10
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I take an umbrella, and we go out in the rain. If it’s really pouring, he doesn’t want to go out unless he is covered. In those cases, we put on his water-proof coat.
Post # 11
My dog will not go out in the rain. There’s a little spot under the cover of the roof (still outside obvi) that she’ll pee on. She HATES getting her paws wet.
We actually have more of a problem with getting her to poo outside when it’s raining or snowing. She just hates it. She’s otherwise very well trained, we just notice issues when it’s raining/snowing.
Post # 12
We go out rain, shine, blizzard, and 60km/hr winds (which usually means horizontal rain/snow.. the joys of Atlantic Canada). We live in an apartment and she needs to go out to do her business. I put on my rain pants and a good jacket (she wears one too) and we’re on our way.
Post # 13
We go outside. Depending on hard its raining if its hard he wants to go back inside as soon as its done. And we both love the snow so if its snowing we r out there for a while. Keep puppy wipes by the door for muddy paws and a towel for drying.
Post # 14
My dog really dislikes being out in the pouring rain so we don’t go on our normal walks but I live in an area with extreme weather so heavy rain is about the only thing he won’t tolerate, even with his slicker on! It might sound silly but I put on my rain boots and a coat and carry my (small) dog out to the bushes where he likes to tinkle and then carry him back inside. As far as number two, well, he will hold it for a LONG time and then eventually, once he can’t hold it anymore, he’ll drop one when I carry him out. (He normally poops on our walks.) It rarely rains hard enough that it comes to that but it works because he would never poop in the house. Not all dogs are like that, though.
Post # 15
We put our dog on a leash when we take her into our yard to go potty, it helps her to know that its not play time its potty time, then it also establishes the place that she goes (so both you and her know where it is). However when its raining hard she really doen’t like to go out so we normally just take her out under our patio and if she really has to go she will run out and go QUICK.
ETA: We only still walk her if its not raining hard because like I said she does not like the rain, its not her paws getting wet that bother her though, its her head. Plus she’s small so i worry about her getting to cold, I should invest in a raincoat…..
Post # 16
My dog HATES the rain so we don’t go on real walks when it is raining. She honestly would probably not walk anywhere if I tried. So we just go quickly out to the yard, she does her business, and back in we go.