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    Dog won't go outside in the snow...

    We took on a 3-4 year old MinPin that has bounced around from several houses and she's very timid around new people.
    We've had her for ~6 months now and she is such a loving little dog, nothing makes her happier than to snuggle with my wife or myself.
    Everything has been great, and she has had a great life the last six months.

    Fast forward to Saturday and the first snow of the year.

    Took her out and she runs back to the porch.
    Thought nothing of it and figured she just didn't need to go...until we found #2.

    Okay, thinking that was a fluke, we took her out in the morning and nothing...
    She loves her kennel and is in there for the morning while we were at work.
    Got home at lunch and let her out and the same thing...

    As we were making her lunch, she peed all over the kitchen floor.
    Couldn't have been 2 minutes after we got her back in.

    We normally just let her out and she runs and does her business, but we now take her on a leash and make her stay there until she goes...

    Any ideas of what we can do?

    I'm thinking this is the reason she has bounced from home to home

    Thanks for the help, and sorry for the length of the post.

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    Re: Dog won't go outside in the snow...

    If you shovel a large patch of grass, and a path to it from the porch, that may solve your problem.

    Aidan enjoyed playing in the snow, but did not want to desecrate it, so I had to do that. Luckily, we didn't get much snow and it melted quickly.

    Also, if it is cold outside, your dog may be more comfortable wearing a sweater or waterproof coat. Aidan won't leave the porch if it is raining or very cold. I put on his coat or sweater, and that solves the problem. On rainy days when it is not cold outside, Aidan is happy to play in the rain ... so I think it is the combination of cold + wet.
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    Re: Dog won't go outside in the snow...

    I do the same thing ... shovel a path ... my small dogs get too cold to want to run through the cold white stuff. In fact my one little dog used to just fall down in the snow and lay there until I rescued him and picked him up and took him inside. I also use a sweater on the little ones.


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    Re: Dog won't go outside in the snow...

    My cousins' dachshund and chihuahua won't go in the snow either. Try shoveling a patch and path for your pup to go.

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    Re: Dog won't go outside in the snow...

    Already shoveled a large area and she wears jackets all the time.

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    Re: Dog won't go outside in the snow...

    I'm not an expert, but I would start from square one again. Pretend she's not potty-trained anymore. Every two hours, take her outside on a leash to the shoveled area until she pees, praise her and give her a treat, and let her back inside.

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    Re: Dog won't go outside in the snow...

    Quote Originally Posted by bsmith View Post
    Already shoveled a large area and she wears jackets all the time.
    How long are you guys outside? I agree with Sloth. Take your pup out often, and give LOTS of praise when she goes.

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    Re: Dog won't go outside in the snow...

    Quote Originally Posted by Sloth View Post
    I'm not an expert, but I would start from square one again. Pretend she's not potty-trained anymore. Every two hours, take her outside on a leash to the shoveled area until she pees, praise her and give her a treat, and let her back inside.
    Agreed. This is what I would do. Good Luck with your little one.
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    Re: Dog won't go outside in the snow...

    Quote Originally Posted by Sloth View Post
    I'm not an expert, but I would start from square one again. Pretend she's not potty-trained anymore. Every two hours, take her outside on a leash to the shoveled area until she pees, praise her and give her a treat, and let her back inside.
    That's what we did.
    We would take her out every couple hours and we took her on the leash.
    The only time we leash her is if we go for a walk, so she wasn't happy about that.


    Quote Originally Posted by marsha=whitie View Post
    How long are you guys outside? I agree with Sloth. Take your pup out often, and give LOTS of praise when she goes.
    Generally out for a few minutes, and she wants to go back inside.
    One night, she peed on the kitchen floor a couple minutes after we came back inside.

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    Re: Dog won't go outside in the snow...

    We went as far as to have a neighbor bring their dog over to pee, thinking that she couldn't smell any scent with the snow on the ground.
    It was a tough week, watching her constantly...but I have a new theory.

    I think she was trying to tell us that she didn't feel good...the only way she knows how.

    Took her to the vet Friday after work and they said she likely has a virus. The desk lady and the vet both said that she has a sore throat. Timing works out that she was around other dogs about 10 days ago...which was what she said the incubation period would be.

    It's weird.
    As soon as we got home, she was acting more "normal" and running around the house. Like she knew that she was going to get better.

    Hopefully 10 days of antibiotics and she will be back to normal.

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    Good to know she's on her way to getting better!

    Another thing to consider, though, is maybe her paws are getting cold in the snow? I know my dog hates to step in snow or icy cold water. Maybe buy or make her a little set of fleece dog booties and see if that helps? Though it might take a little training to get her used to them, most dogs don't really like boots!


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    Re: Dog won't go outside in the snow...

    My labX was going out in the snow to play, then coming back after a couple min favouring a paw. I got him some booties and he LOVES them. They have pleather pads on the bottom and they're slippy on the icy sidewalk. I actually watched him go skating on purpose a couple times after he realized they were slippy. He can go for nice, long walks and come back feeling just fine. I want to get him a nice, warm coat too for our extra long walks.

    Soo, if your dog doesn't want to pee in the snow, definitely consider some booties. You can try out cheap ones from a dollar store (ours were $2) before you invest in a better quality pair.

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    Re: Dog won't go outside in the snow...

    Its good to hear she is getting a little better.
    If you could invest in some booties like others have been saying that might help.
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    Re: Dog won't go outside in the snow...

    Quote Originally Posted by Damon'sMom View Post
    Its good to hear she is getting a little better.
    If you could invest in some booties like others have been saying that might help.
    I would love to see photos of your Miniature Pinscher.
    I really think she was just trying to tell us she didn't feel good.
    After only 2 days of the antibiotic she is acting better.
    I took her out this morning and we ran down the alley and she was bouncing in the snow that was as deep as her legs are long.
    I don't think she minds the snow after all.

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    Re: Dog won't go outside in the snow...

    Don't have many hosted online of Missy:




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