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Going potty in the snow

We had our first snowfall....urgh...in November...way too early.

So, turns out Fionn loves snow, so that's great. But, he doesn't like to go potty in the snow. When we go outside to potty we go in my backyard. I just took him out and he just sniffed sniffed sniffed the snow and was frantically digging. He did eventually pee (he still squats) but it took about 15 minutes and it was only after I stomped down an area about 8' x 8' so he could walk around a bit. I don't know what's going to happen when he has to poop.

Are there any tricks or tips I should know of about dogs and going potty in the snow?

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We received so much snow last year that my husband actually shovelled the back grass so Cooper had a place to use, otherwise he would have been 3 feet over his head in snow. Pain, I know, but that's all we can do where we live.

Unfortuantely, Cooper decided that the back porch (it's cement and about 20 feet long) was a better place to potty. So in the spring, we power washed the porch. It was easier than trying to make him go down into the snow.


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AAAhhh the joys of winter. Yeah I have to shovel twenty feet of deck so Molly can reach the grass. Try to have it accessable or they might go on the deck. I shovel about a twelve by twelve foot square area of grass besides the deck for Molly. Once they find their way to the shovelled area they should be alright. Only once during a blizzard did Molly pee on the deck. Yep I shovel more snow for her than I do in the front of the house. What we won't do for them ehh?

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Yeah, you just need to be patient and persistent at first, and as other have said, make sure they have an area where the snow is shallow enought that they cAN potty. We have a large property, and a snow thrower on the front of our tractor. dH uses that to carve paths around the property for Kodi. If it's not just snow on the ground, though, if it's snowing hard, we make him use the "indoor potty".


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We just went out and I knew he had to poop. I now have a fairly large area where I've trampled the snow down so I tried to get him to go in that space (he's pee'd there twice) but he kept trying to get to the corner of the yard where he normally poops. After 2 attempts going outside (15 minutes both times) I gave in and went to that end of the yard with him, and he did his business. Fortunately the climate here fluctuates a lot so after a snowfall we normally get warmer temps and rain so the snow doesn't stay around long....it's going up to plus 13C this weekend so it will all be melted in a day or so! I'll have to try and work out some sort of system for him though....could be a looooong winter!!
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Yes, Brody is experiencing snow for the first time. It's been snowing the past week or two (and it's been VERY cold). Brody likes the snow, but doesn't like cold feet. At home he goes indoors so it's no big deal, but at work he needs to go outside. The first day I forgot to bring his boots. He was miserable. We probably spent a good 2-3 hours outside trying to do potty breaks with him refusing to go and he didn't go until nearly 4 PM! The next day I remembered his boots and he was sooooo much happier. They're hard to keep on (but I'm getting better with them), but he was way happier with them on his feet and he actually went to the bathroom and pranced around in the snow. He likes to stick his nose in the snow. And how the heck can he smell and FIND and dig up his last pee spot when it's -30C and it's been covered up with 2 inches of more snow!??!

I'm still not sure why at home and inside he can run over and do his business lickety-split, but outside he has to fart around for ages and heaven forbid something distract him! "Hurry up, it's -30 for pete's sake!"

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Nothing like bonding time. I still go out with Molly half the time, even when it's cold as the beejeepers. She loves to pinch a loaf and see the steam coming off of it. When she goes out alone ,she usually is quicker. In Canada ,I call it the Celcius Law Of Effect. Dump time is in direct relation to temperature and spectator's degree of shaking.

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Tracy, you said...."And how the heck can he smell and FIND and dig up his last pee spot when it's -30C and it's been covered up with 2 inches of more snow!??"

Two inches, peanuts , here's a tidbit on SR dogs ability.

"Although efficient, trained dogs are not infallible. Surface conditions, snow conditions, capabilities of the particular dog and scent diffusion all play an important role in how deep the victim can actually be buried and still be located. There have been confirmed reports, in optimal conditions, of a dog in Austria locating a body at approximately 12 meters of snow. (40 ft. for you Americans) In the U.S. there has been a confirmed find at 10 meters.

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That's amazing, Dave. And I guess that explains why tonight once Fionn got to his regular corner he was good to go despite the foot of snow between him and the grass.
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