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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???

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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.
 

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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.
 

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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 :D

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.
 

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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.
 

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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.
 

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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!
 

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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).
 

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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!
 
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