Not all dogs will eliminate outside during bad weather. Here’s what to do if your dog is one of them.
During the winter months, it’s not uncommon for many dogs to refuse to eliminate outside.
For some dogs, especially smaller dogs, snow, ice and frost can be an unpleasant and confusing experience. When dogs are initially house-trained, many are taught that they should not eliminate on household surfaces such as floors and carpets. While this ensures that the dog only eliminates outside in grassy areas, changes to their outdoor environment caused by snow, ice and frost, can sometimes result in the dog being confused and refusing to eliminate in their new environment.
For other dogs, cold weather conditions or heavy rains, are simply an unpleasant experience which they refuse to endure, choosing instead to hold their bladder.
In these situations, it’s important to provide a suitable dog litter solution to ensure your dog eliminates and does not hold their bladder or have an accident in the house.
Using a Piddle Patch inside of the house during bad weather
Inside the home, Piddle Patch provides a natural dog litter 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 eliminate. 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.