It’s not a good idea to leave your home if it is raining. Your dog will likely feel the same. If your dog is not trained to relieve itself in a particular house area in bad weather, it’s best to keep your pet inside. If your dog refuses to relieve itself in the rain, here are some things you can do.
Why your dog won’t go out in the rain?
Your dog may not want to pee in the rain because they dislike being wet or rained on. Walking on wet, squishy earth with mud in your paws must be awful.
Your dog might be young and not have been exposed to the outdoors enough. This could make them more resistant to getting to the bathroom.
Like the above, if your dog hasn’t been potty-trained, it isn’t yet capable of obeying you. They are more likely to avoid it if they are wet.
How to help your dog in the rain
These are three ways to help your dog get out of the rain.
- Make sure they are used to wet paws. It is possible to give your dog treats or even their food on wet grass (still in the bowl). You can make your dog’s wet paws less bothersome by giving them positive experiences, especially if you take the time to dry and clean them afterwards.
- Get the gear for your dog to be more comfortable in the rain. Rain boots, rain jackets, and large umbrellas could help your dog. Although the accessories might take some time to get used to, your dog may prefer them to get wet.
- Take your dog for a walk. This may seem inconvenient, but walking your dog through the rain might be the best and fastest way to get your pet out in inclement weather.
What about other types of weather?
Your dog may not be able to poop or pee in the rain and will likely feel uncomfortable outside when snowing or thundering. You may need to be more careful in these conditions.
Before you let your dog out in the snow, shovel a path. You may need to shovel some grass, too, so that your dog can recognize the texture of the grass and know where they are supposed to go.
According to the American Society for the Prevention of Animal Cruelty, winter walks can quickly turn dangerous if chemicals from ice-melting agents have licked away legs and paws. When you return home, they recommend that your dog wipe his paws and belly. In hail, your pet needs extra protection. A large umbrella is a great option. They may need shelter outdoors, such as a covered porch or carport.
Thunderstorms can cause anxiety in dogs. Reader’s Digest states that some dogs can feel the change in ions or static electricity and can sense these factors. You can try to get your pet to go outside when you see a storm approaching. If this fails, wait until the storm passes before taking your pet outside.
Remember that there are many other ways for your dog to relieve themselves in adverse weather. Litter boxes are not just for cats. You can train dogs to use them. Potty pads can also be used indoors, with different textural options like real grass.
Whatever reason your dog doesn’t like the rain, it is possible to train them with some patience and training.