From the Desk of Sharda Baker
Good day and welcome everyone!
This is Sharda with another potty train newsletter.
Let’s get to extreme potty training methods useful for your puppies!
Here we go!
Extreme climates that are very wet, windy or cold may pose their own challenge to potty training a dog or puppy.
Most pets, like humans, prefer to stay indoors on cold, wet, snowy and rainy days.
Some breeds, especially miniature breeds, toy breeds, small dogs and those with very short coats or single coats will not want to go outside on those nasty days.
If you know that you live in a cold or wet climate and are planning on getting a puppy or dog, an excellent bit of advice is to try to time the arrival of your new dog or puppy with the best possible weather conditions.
This usually means purchasing the puppy in the late spring or early summer, hopefully leaving you several weeks to get the potty training completed prior to bad weather setting in.
However, this is not always possible, and often puppies or dogs come home in the worse weather conditions for potty training.
Below are some potty training tips and strategies for potty training in cold or poor weather conditions:
- Try to make potty training outside as short of a time period as possible. Take the dog out and then return them to the house and reward and praise indoors, especially if the dog does not enjoy being outdoors.
- Don’t assume because you don’t like the weather the dog doesn’t. Many terriers, small dogs and even miniatures enjoy being outside for brief amounts of time in the snow. Most breeds of dogs do not enjoy the rain but again, some breeds do.
- If your dog is extremely unhappy about going outside in the cold or rain consider an alternative toilet area of cold weather. Perhaps paper or litter training in the garage or carport area if you have a covered area may be more suitable and less out of the elements. Potty pads may also be an option in cold climates and rainy conditions.
- Be reasonable with regards to the temperatures your breed of dog can stand. Chihuahua’s simply cannot tolerate cold or wet so expecting this breed to go outside under bad weather conditions simply will not work and can cause the dog to become ill if it is forced to stay outside.
- Litter box training for small dogs may be an option for these small dogs even if it is only used on bad weather days.
- Use the best possible weather to take the dog outside. You may have to adjust feeding schedules over the winter months, to allow your pet to eat and then eliminate when it is the warmest temperature. This is usually in the mid to late afternoon.
- Perhaps consider a warm doggy coat if you are crate training or potty training and have time to get the dog dressed to go outside and do his or her business. They will need to adjust to having the garment on, and may initially take some time to get used to it, particularly puppies.
Potty training in extreme climates is often just as difficult for the owner as it may be for the puppy or dog. Keep to a schedule as much as possible with feeding, exercise and play.
Avoid changing your dogs brand of dog food over this time, as changing feeds can often result in diarrhea and other stomach problems that will increase the dog’s need to make trips outside.
I hope that you learned a lot from today’s potty train newsletter
All the best and take care