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Question Rain and it's NOT "business" as usual....

Benji doesn't like to go outside to do his business when it is raining or when the ground is wet. He would not even step out on the deck. We have a covered outdoor ex-pen which is connected to the indoor ex-pen by a doggy door. We have kept a piddle pad in the outdoor ex-pen. He stopped using it once he turned about 5 months or so. He is 100 % house broken.

It started raining here this afternoon. All my tries to get him to do his business didn't have much success today. He peed when I carried him after the nth time but just a little. He couldn't find the right spot to potty and so he came back.

He couldn't hold it anymore and within a few minutes, he did potty inside the house. I can't blame him because he was holding #1 and #2 since 2 pm and he finally went at 8:45pm. He usully does potty around 6 -6:30pm and piddles a couple of times. It is hard to believe, but he has never pooped inside the house, not even when he was a puppy!

My question is, have you trained your furbabies to go outside as well as inside for potty? When it was pouring, I tried to get him to go on the piddle pad but he doesn't like it and will keep holding. Benji's breeder mentioned that his mom tends to hold it too when it is raining and wet. I would really like Benji to go on his piddle pad in the outdoor ex-pen like he used to when he was a puppy. Any suggestions, training tips to achieve this?


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I would really like Benji to go on his piddle pad in the outdoor ex-pen like he used to when he was a puppy. Any suggestions, training tips to achieve this?

When you take him out to potty you can say the word potty as he does his thing. Get him used to a word for it and then when you know he reeeeeally has to go, try putting him on a potty pad and telling him the word potty. Use a really upbeat voice so he knows it's a good thing. If you can get him to go on that pad, praise the heck out of him.

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Argh - I can sympathize. That one day it was really raining hard, Scout peed on my living room rug sometime around 5 am. Then he pooped in the family room. He just REFUSES to go out when it is raining, spoiled boy!

I pushed him out the dog door the next time it was sprinkling to get him used to it. I'm not sure how successful I'll be - it'll be a long winter though unless I figure out something soon!

Even if I put a pad by the door, he may or may not use it - he prefers the "big" pads....like my area rugs!

Good luck with Benji!

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where is his favorite spot to potty outside? Is it grass or dirt or paved?

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Gosh, Poornima, that is frustrating. Biscuit will pee, but has to be coaxed repeatedly to poo outside when raining. I took him out several times today before we hit pay dirt. I have always said the words pee/poo, then good boy, everytime he does it on command, and sometimes will treat, like when he finally did it today. I have to hold an umbrella over him, though! So I would advise taking Benji out a lot, and then treating him and praising him when it finally happens. Good luck!

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My guys will hold it for bad weather, but eventually they go outside. If they dont go, I usually just make sure to bring them out again sooner. Logan is such a pup, he loves the rain & could care less, comes in soaked. Lil and Lex will go if I refuse to let them come back in. We usually go out thru the garage on real bad days so they seem to know that they gotta do it quick and come back in. Now the snow is a different issue, they WANT to go out in the snow as often as possible!!

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I have the opposite problem, which I've never experienced in dogs. Gryff seems to like the rain. In fact, he seems to take extra long trying to find a suitable, muddy, soggy location to do his business. I wonder what it will be like in the snow!

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Jasper once held it 25 hours when it was really cold and covered with snow rather than use his potty room. Rain doesn't phase either of them.

Poornima, If the outdoor expen is covered, I would try (on nice days) to make a game out of it. coaxing Benji through the doggie door for a treat and then say do your biz as you place him on the pad. Even if he just squats-- praise, praise, praise treat!!! I found putting a pad in a tray helps them define the space a little more. We built a little room for their potty in part of the garage that they get to via a doggie door. They do both use it in an emergency- although they do prefer to go outside.

I think you can train him to do this- but it is going to be like going back to potty training for a while. Until he gets it that, that is where he should go I would not take him out to do his biz but take him to the pad.

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Jillee does not mind going out in the rain at all.....knock on wood I am excited to see how she does in the winter...I bet she will like it..I hope soo or it will be a long winter!!!

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Beamer will go outside in the rain no problem! It's actually me and my wife that do not like going out in the rain! hahahaha... So sometimes we might get a bit 'lazy' while bad weather is happening... But, Beamer will always find a pee pad to use if nessasary. (We still keep acouple down just in case...)

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