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Potty training and the rain

It rains almost daily here. I read that Havanese do not like to get wet. My Cavalier was never happy to go out when raining but would go out if he needed to.

Don't need rain to interfere with potty training but can't make puppy wait. One website about puppies suggested having a small area covered and protected from rain. Not sure how I would do that. A child's old plastic playhouse frequently seen at curb for garbage truck? Or will that feel too confining to new puppy.
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I find a golf umbrella works fine. As long as the rain isn't hitting Molly in the head she is usually ok. I have a rain slicker for her also if I need it. Do you know what surface the puppies were used to pottying on at the breeders? I have an emergency indoor area in an expen in case the weather is just too awful for Molly to go out in.



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Umbrellas pretty useless here. Rain driven sidewise with strong wind (horizontal rain). All my umbrella's have been broken by wind. Rain isn't usually continuous. It pours for 30 minutes, then stops for 10-15 minutes. I watched for those rainless windows to let my dog out but grass was soaking wet and even puddles on top of ground under grass (clay here doesn't absorb water much so just sits there until sun evaporates it).

So back to "fort" idea. Do dogs NOT like enclosed area for potty? I haven't had this issue come up with previous dogs. Also, could make it hard to walk dog for potty time if he gets trained to have enclosed "outhouse". If thundering, then I obviously need backup plan in house. My previous adult could hold it until the "bad cell" passed.

Are those artifical grass indoor "potties" any good? Or just use pee pads?

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My dogs donít like rain either, but it is the wet surface they really hate. What if you put out an expen tall enough to strap on a tarp as a roof. If you bought a really tall expen it wouldnít feel quite so confining to your pup. I donít know if this would work, just an idea.







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Tarps get blown down so easy. My neighbor's patio table umbrella was closed and flew into my yard. People with swimming pools have to chain down chairs and lounges or they blow into pool. It is usually only that windy during frequent thunderstorms or occasional hurricane from Gulf of Mexico.

Maybe I just need to teach new puppy that light rain and wet grass is not so bad. My previous dog got used to it and I had a towel by door to dry him off when he came in wet after going outside to potty.
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It rains almost daily here. I read that Havanese do not like to get wet. My Cavalier was never happy to go out when raining but would go out if he needed to.
There was a previous discussion about "wet Havanese". I think it is more an individual dog trait than a breed "thing". I know that Skye loves to go out in the rain and snow. Much more so than I when I have to go out and chase him back into the house.

I have one of those fake grass puppy potties. He used it a few times when we first brought him home but he won't use it any more. If he is by the door waiting to go out and I put him on the potty he jumps right back to the door. Even if it is pouring down rain.

We just keep towels by the door to dry him off and keep the Swiffer at the ready to clean up paw prints.
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I think the issue for some might be more that rain is a distraction. Snow is a HUGE distraction for mine. Rain can be, but itís more that it takes him a minute longer to find the right spot, and depending on his mood heíll beg for a walk!

Is it rainy season now in your region? It might be more inconvenient for you than for your puppy because with small dogs I think it often takes longer to reach the point where you can let him out instead of actually taking him out yourself. Personally Iíd focus on making sure your own rain gear is accessible. Since it sounds like rain is really common, heís much more likely to adapt to going in the rain, but youíll want to be comfortable in case it takes him a while to go at first!
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It rains almost daily here. I read that Havanese do not like to get wet. My Cavalier was never happy to go out when raining but would go out if he needed to.

Don't need rain to interfere with potty training but can't make puppy wait. One website about puppies suggested having a small area covered and protected from rain. Not sure how I would do that. A child's old plastic playhouse frequently seen at curb for garbage truck? Or will that feel too confining to new puppy.
How old is your baby?

If you have a very young Havanese you can train them to use an indoor potty tray. But, you need to ... first.... train them to exclusively use the indoor potty before outdoor training. Later they will naturally go outside to do their job. After they've learned to use an indoor potty tray, during bad weather or when you have them confined to the home or a room because you're not home, they will use the indoor potty tray. And, you won't have to worry about rushing back home to let them out. Unless you have a doggie door, allowing dogs to go in and out as needed. I've always had a doggie door for dogs and it's a wonderful invention.

If you have a puppy I can give you info on how to indoor potty train.

You really have limited options during bad weather if you don't indoor potty train your dog. You might try confining them in an ex-pen with a potty tray during bad weather. Build an outdoor covered area. Put the dog on a leash stand with them outside under a big umbrella. You can rub pee on the artificial grass. However, if you little one isn't trained to go on a potty tray or pad you may not have any luck doing that.
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It is rains year round but the worst is from April to Oct with thunderstorms often. I pick up my new baby after Apr 30 when it is a sunny day for long drive up and back. That is why I am trying to have everything ready and have solutions now. He will be 12 weeks old.

I really would rather have him going outside from day one. I can try to avoid the worst downpours as there are breaks for 15-30 minutes between downpours. But puppy can't wait if no break. The wet grass will likely bother him. Sometimes it rains everyday for days in a row so can't even mow. Grass gets tall. So tall, wet grass will be hard on little guy. My Cavalier was never happy to go out in tall, wet grass. That is why I was asking about a little playhouse where grass would be dry inside and I could keep grass clipped inside. Grass wouldn't grow much or even die slowly being deprived of sun.
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I'm just problem solving, because I think the playhouse idea is cute. I'm just not sure how you'd get him to go potty in it. I know you aren't interested in indoor potty, but what if you used a potty tray in order to train him to go on that, and then moved the tray into a covered structure? That way it doesn't feel like a den to him? I did train my Hav to go potty in a certain part of the yard, but it was a larger area.
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