During the winter months, it’s not uncommon for many dogs to refuse to go potty outside when the weather is bad.
For some dogs, especially smaller dogs, going out in the heavy rain or snow, can be an unpleasant and uncomfortable experience.
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.
If your dog routinely refuses to go outside to pee during bad weather, Piddle Patch grass can help provide a real grass toilet solution.
Using a Piddle Patch inside of the house during bad weather
Inside the home, Piddle Patch provides a natural dog potty solution made from fresh grass.
Unlike alternative dog litter solutions, such as dog training pads, Piddle Patch is made from natural materials and eliminates any potential confusion as to which surface your dog should use to do their business. Unlike pads, Piddle Patch is made from fresh grass and dogs quickly learn that grass is the right material on which to go pee. Furthermore, Piddle Patch provides a comfortable area indoors in which dogs can eliminate during snow or extreme rain conditions.
Using a Piddle Patch outside of the house during bad weather
Try the following steps if your dog is refusing to use their outdoors Piddle Patch due to snow, ice or frosty conditions:
- 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.