Tips To Get Your Dog to Go Outside In Rain or Snow

Don’t want your dog urinating in the house because of bad weather? Check out these dog potty tips!

By | Posted: Nov 26, 2012, 12 p.m. EST

Dog in a RaincoatIt’s raining, it’s pouring … and your dog has to go to the bathroom. You open the door, your dog takes one look at the rain, sleet or snow, and he turns around and walks away. You need to save your floors by keeping your dog from urinating in the house, so what do you do to convince your dog to go outside? These tips will help you and your dog get through stormy weather.

  1. If the weather is dangerous (strong gusting winds, hail, lightning), keep your dog inside. You don’t want your dog to be swept away, hit by flying debris, hail or lightning or encounter a downed power line. You need an indoor dog potty, pee pads, a potty patch or some other indoor potty solution. Remember, just because your dog has one, you still have to teach your dog how to use it. Also, keep pee pee pads with your emergency items so they are readily available in case you need to evacuate. You don’t know where you and your pets may end up if you are evacuated, but you can be sure that he will need an indoor potty.
  2. Train your dog to go outside to pee or poop in all kinds of weather starting as a puppy. Teach your dog a "go potty” command word or phrase.
  3. If your dog refuses to go outside, go outside with your dog. Sometimes holding an umbrella over your dog while your dog pees or poops will help. If your dog doesn’t do his business right away, don’t give up, wait him out. Sometimes he needs to know how serious you are about him going potty outside rather than inside.
  4. Create an outside area in your yard that has some type of overhead covering. Your dog is more likely to go outside if he knows he will be covered from rain or falling snow while doing his business.
  5. Cover up your pet. Put your dog in a raincoat or rain booties if your dog dislikes getting wet or the snow and icy conditions are too much for him.
  6. Use positive reinforcement. Praise your dog for going outside or give him a treat as a reward.

Check out the following advice from dog owners on DogChannel.com’s Facebook page on how to get your dog to go outside and pee or poop when it is raining, sleeting or snowing:

  • Tracy Carter says you have to go outside with your dog.
  • Lisa Barile holds an umbrella over them when they are pooping.
  • Stephanie Blanchard says a lot of her clients use the potty patch for rain or snow or if the dog needs to go inside or on their balcony.
  • Maureen Keeley puts paper down for her dog to pee on if it is dangerous to go outside.
  • "The sounds of rain drops are really loud to a dog’s ears,” points out Richard Ruffert. Most of the time his service dog Military Millie will go out on her own, but he will walk outside if she doesn’t.
  • Carole Pivarnik puts them outside and gives them the "Go pee” command.
  • Julie Anderson Copeland recommends that you train the dogs from the very beginning to go the bathroom outside in bad weather just as you would in sunny weather.
  • Franklin Oliver and Diane Gorham walk their dogs outside to a covered area in bad weather and give them positive reinforcement by telling them they are "good puppies.”
  • Krystine Perry recommends using treats. "Hook them up when they listen,” she says, "and life is good.” 
  • The Cavalier’s Boutique sometimes entices them with little treats and an umbrella to get them to go to the bathroom under a big tree.
  • Purebred Pomeranian-Pamper Pets says, "Some dogs make you prove that you mean it enough to stay out with them till they get the job done. One time I stood around in the rain for half an hour with my dog giving me her puppy dog eyes, then suddenly she gave up and went, and back inside we ran. She never tested me like that again.”

 What do you do? Leave a comment and let us know how you get your dog to potty in the rain.


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Lizette - 203665   Sacramento, CA

11/29/2012 4:48:57 PM

My 6 month old puppy hates to get his feet wet. So, I purchase disposable foot coverings for him. I get two sets in a package and they are reusable. He also loves his little red raincoat!! I also trained him to potty on my balcony with potty pads. I live on the third floor and he has no problem scratching on the screen or barking for me to let him out. I found potty training bells on the PetSmart website. You train your dog to slap the bells as they hang on your patio door to let you know he/she wants to go outside.

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Lizette   Sacramento, California

11/29/2012 4:33:17 PM

My 6 month old puppy hates to get his feet wet. So, I purchase disposable foot coverings for him. I get two sets in a package and they are reusable. He also loves his little red raincoat!! I also trained him to potty on my balcony with potty pads. I live on the third floor and he has no problem scratching on the screen or barking for me to let him out. I found potty training bells on the PetSmart website. You train your dog to slap the bells as they hang on your patio door to let you know he/she wants to go outside.

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player   Anaheim, CA

11/28/2012 10:20:20 PM

good info

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Melian and Tiny   E, CA

11/27/2012 11:52:52 PM

Good advice. And never give up! I like the last one the best. So true!

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