No poop outside when it snows? What to do?
DogForums.com is the premier dog Forum on the internet. Registered Users do not see the above ads.
+ Reply to Thread
Results 1 to 11 of 11

Thread: No poop outside when it snows? What to do?

  1. #1
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Posts
    130

    No poop outside when it snows? What to do?

    Hey all,

    My doxie (pretty much house trained) will NOT poop outside when it's snowing (today). I even cleared an area for him to go in, with no avail. He pees and poos every morning automatically when he hits grass -- today he peed, but no poop.

    What do i do all day???

    Andrew

  2. Remove Advertisements
    DogForums.com
    Advertisements
     

  3. #2
    Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Location
    New Jersey
    Posts
    74

    Re: No poop outside when it snows? What to do?

    Since you said he urinated, I guess it's not too cold for him. Has he seen snow before? Is he afraid of it? Maybe you can introduce him to snow...

  4. #3
    Senior Member briteday's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Posts
    6,049

    Re: No poop outside when it snows? What to do?

    It's raining buckets at our house today and my dogs haven't pee'd or pooped. So they are staying in their crates, offered hourly chances to go out to do business. I'm keeping them busy in their crates with some kongs and chew toys.
    Being smart is learning from your own mistakes. Being wise is learning from others' mistakes.
    Cally- 14 yo papillon, Moose the puppy, McKenna 8 yo pomeranian grand-dog, and chickens

  5. #4
    Member ericav's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Posts
    42

    Re: No poop outside when it snows? What to do?

    Quote Originally Posted by briteday View Post
    It's raining buckets at our house today and my dogs haven't pee'd or pooped. So they are staying in their crates, offered hourly chances to go out to do business. I'm keeping them busy in their crates with some kongs and chew toys.
    I do the same thing if our 9 month old hasn't gone. She's usually consistent with going so if she doesn't go during her usual times, I know she'll probably go within the next couple of hours. Until she goes I have her stay in the crate.

    Andrew, I would suggest either crating him and then bring him outside every hour. If you don't want to crate him just keep a watchful eye on him and note the signs if it looks like he's going to poop. It stinks having to go in and out when they don't go, but it's important to be consistent. Sometimes they can really hold it in, so don't be surprised if it takes a while.

  6. #5
    Banned
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Location
    Middletown, NJ
    Posts
    749

    Re: No poop outside when it snows? What to do?

    I put Lola out this morning. It was also snowing here and the wind was blowing hard. On days like this I use the 20 foot leash so she can go out and I can stay inside the door where it is nice and warm

    Today when I put her out she wanted to come back in right away but I know in the morning she needs to poop and pee. Instead of letting her come back in I started throwing some treats on the ground near her. She ate the treats then pooped and peed.

  7. #6
    Senior Member Mac'N'Roe's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Location
    in the south (US)
    Posts
    2,135

    Re: No poop outside when it snows? What to do?

    Personally, I go outside WITH the dog and WAIT...

  8. #7
    Senior Member hulkamaniac's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Posts
    5,997

    Re: No poop outside when it snows? What to do?

    This is the main reason I'm trying to train my dogs to pee the very first thing when they go outside. So far I've had no luck at all whatsoever. Ticks me off as I once fostered a basset who had this habit down pat. It was sweet, I could open the door in 20 degree weather and he'd slip out, pee, poop and head straight back to the door. The whole process took a minute. It was a beautiful thing.

  9. #8
    Member ericav's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Posts
    42

    Re: No poop outside when it snows? What to do?

    I hope I'm not going to jinx myself now, but most often, Stella goes faster when it's colder outside. I think it helps to go outside with the dog to a specific area and say instruction words. For us, we take Stella to the same spot and say "OK Stella, Let's do business." If I think she needs to do more I say, "OK Stella, let's do more business." I think the most important thing is to keep your cool, because dogs will pick up on your mood if you're upset with them. Also, we put shoes and a jacket on Stella and while we're dressing her we say encouraging words like, "Stella it's time to do your business outside, are you ready?" I think the jacket and shoes help with the cold and making her comfortable to go faster. A lot of times it takes longer to get her dressed than for her to actually do her business, no complaints about that here. Then when she does it and we're inside, we give her "business cookies" and make a huge deal about it when we give her the cookie repeating the words "business, outside, and good girl" as much as we can.

  10. #9
    Senior Member briteday's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Posts
    6,049

    Re: No poop outside when it snows? What to do?

    Quote Originally Posted by hulkamaniac View Post
    This is the main reason I'm trying to train my dogs to pee the very first thing when they go outside. So far I've had no luck at all whatsoever. Ticks me off as I once fostered a basset who had this habit down pat. It was sweet, I could open the door in 20 degree weather and he'd slip out, pee, poop and head straight back to the door. The whole process took a minute. It was a beautiful thing.
    Consistency (using the same words, be sure you are giving food reward the second they stand up from a squat) will pay off in time. Just like any other behavior, practice makes perfect.

    My husband attached a flexi-lead right outside the door. On windy days (when the gates may blow open) I attach the dogs to the lead so they can't run off. Most often our dogs will stay in our yard / pasture. But....there's always the day when they follow their nose, or the school bus!
    Being smart is learning from your own mistakes. Being wise is learning from others' mistakes.
    Cally- 14 yo papillon, Moose the puppy, McKenna 8 yo pomeranian grand-dog, and chickens

  11. #10
    Senior Member KBLover's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Location
    In ur housez flippin' ur rugz
    Posts
    4,977

    Re: No poop outside when it snows? What to do?

    Fortunately, Wally will poop on snow (ice is a different story).

    He gets as much time as I feel like giving him (never really a problem, though if it's REALLY cold/wind chill out - it can be quick) and he'll just have to hold the rest.

    Sometimes, he'll be so urgent to go that he just doesn't care. That's when I praise him (well I always do) and we go on like it was nothing.

    Now, he's not so much caring (ice notwithstanding, and we don't get much ice, so really hard to get him used to it).

  12. #11
    Senior Member MaddiesMom's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    Southeast Wisconsin
    Posts
    125

    Re: No poop outside when it snows? What to do?

    I think you should go out with your dog and wait. Say some encouraging words and your dog will get the hang of it.

    When Maddie was a puppy rain was the one thing she did not like, but I stood out there until she did her business. The same went for snow.

    Now she loves both and you have to drag her in. Now that the snow is melting around here, she looks for patches of snow to do her business on, not grass. It is pretty funny when she's trying to poop on a tiny patch of snow, with grass all around her to poop on. I told you better get used to the grass again, because that's all you are going to have for the next 7 months!

  13. Remove Advertisements
    DogForums.com
    Advertisements
     

+ Reply to Thread

Quick Reply Quick Reply

  • Decrease Size
    Increase Size
  • Remove Text Formatting
  • Insert Link Insert Image Insert Video
  • Wrap [QUOTE] tags around selected text

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
SEO by vBSEO 3.5.2 ©2010, Crawlability, Inc.