During the winter months, it’s not uncommon for many dogs to refuse to go potty outside when the weather is bad.
When dogs are initially house-trained, many are taught that they should not go pee or poop on household surfaces such as floors and carpets.
While this ensures that the dog only goes potty outside in grassy areas, it can be stressful for your dog – and for you – when they choose to hold their bladder, and refuse to go outside because of the bad weather.
Using a Piddle Patch inside of the house during bad weather
Using a Piddle Patch outside of the house during bad weather
- Keep the Piddle Patch, and a path to the Piddle Patch, clear of snow and ice.
- If your dog refuses to leave the house, encourage them to walk with you outside to their Piddle Patch. On arrival, use your usual command such as “do your business”, “hurry up”, “go pee” to encourage your dog to eliminate. Reward your dog with praise (or a treat if your dog is still being trained) to encourage this behaviour in the future. It is important to reward your dog immediately after they have eliminated, and not to reward them once they are in the house, to ensure they do not misunderstand what behaviour is being rewarded.