When the rain comes......

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  1. Val_theAussie

    Val_theAussie New Member

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    ........they run and hide their heads............well, just like our former Aussie (RIP Mathilda), our new Wow puppy Val isn't a fan of rainy weather. He was almost completely housebroken and now whe it rains, he doesn't seem comfortable doing his "business" outside. My former girl didn't get shy about rain until she was much older, as I recall.

    Is this a puppy thing for this puppy? Anyone have any suggestions to help with a not so happy wet puppy? By the way, he just turned 3 months on 3/30.
     
  2. MericoX

    MericoX Roos, Poos, & a Wog!

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    Take him outside in the rain and wait until he does his business. Then run inside.

    Mine have learned that if they go outside the quicker they potty the quicker they get to come inside.
     
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    Makes perfect..wet...sense!!!
     
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    wat o_o
     
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    Okay, it's raining cats and dogs (not exactly) here. I knew it was going to be "one of those days" with Val. He is almost housebroken but these rainy days are killing us. Please assure me that he will outgrow his problem with doing his business outside as he gets older.

    I took Val outside and he managed to do his pee but came inside and of course, did his poop. I know that I recall that my girl Aussie (rip) didn't have this much trouble with the rain or housebreaking, in general. I hear tell that the girls are easier than the boys in this department.
     
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    MericoX Roos, Poos, & a Wog!

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    No, you need to keep him outside until he poops. If he doesnt, bring him back inside and crate him for 10-20 minutes then repeat. Reward with a bit of play when he comes back inside.
     
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    He doesn't really like the crate anyway, so I guess I will try it, after his next meal tonite. The little guy is snoozelying peacefully now.

    We keep him in the kitchen at night and when he needs to calm down. I shampooed the carpet near where he goes; bless that Bissell 2X.

    The breeder of our dog said that she has her dogs have their meals in their crate, so to get them to like being crated, but she shows her dogs, and I don't expect to be showing this handsome little guy, but I just don't have the heart to put a puppy in his crate for his meals. I guess I am an ole softy.
     
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    I stand out there with them. And supervise them like a hawk.
    Wise Dogs has fast potty training tips.
     
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    THe crate should not be used as a punishment. If he is not comfortable in the crate, your first order of business should be to get him comfortable in the crate, before using the crate for potty training.

    Crates are very important for many reasons. Most dogs learn to like their crates, it is pretty much the only space in the whole world that is THEIRS alone, that no one else bothers with. This gives them a great sense of security, which is very important if you ever travel with him or need to board him somewhere; he will be much more comfortable, even though traveling is uncomfortable for most dogs. If he ever gets hurt or needs surgery, he will have to be on "crate rest," and you do NOT want that to be the first time he has had to be comfortable in a crate, that would be extremely stressful.

    Plus, of course, crates are very helpful when potty training. Most puppies will not potty in their crates (especially if you feed them in there!), so you can put him in the crate and know that he's not going to have an accident in the house. This will help teach him bladder control - you can't just "go" whenever you feel like you need to, you have to hold it sometimes - as well as provide you with a "babysitter" for when you cannot supervise him as closely as you need to. Every time he potties in the house, he is practicing that bad behavior and it will become a habit. Every time he potties outside, he is practicing that good behavior and IT will become a habit. If he potties inside, that's one less time you can reward him for pottying outside.

    Dogs learn, too, that on nice days when it's comfortable to go outside, he should only potty outside; but on rainy or uncomfortable days, it's ok to potty inside. So even if you go a long time without an accident in the house, every time it rains you are going to have a mess to clean up, if you don't get serious about the problem as soon as possible!
     
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    Like I said on another thread, he likes to use a part of the carpet that our former Aussie, Mathilda, used as an area if she wasn't feeling well. Dear Mathilda passed away in early February; I don't want to think about her, it's still a fresh pain in the heart, at age 14.2. I think that even though the carpet has been shampooed plenty of times, that he smells her scent and thinks it's an okay place for using as a bathroom!

    He is very smart, but that spot keeps him coming back to use as his personal bathroom. I told my hub that we have to seriously think about ripping up the carpet. There are hardwood floors underneath anyway, and we've already taken up the dining room and front hallway carpet.
     
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    It's probable that the smell has permeated into the hardwood floor underneath the carpet as well. It might help to pull up the carpet, but it probably won't completely solve the problem. Like I said on the other thread, you could try feeding him meals in that spot. I'd also suggest keeping him away from that spot - as long as you're supervising him closely, you can see when he's particularly interested in that spot and then run him outside to potty before he goes inside.
     
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    Val is being a very bad and defiant puppy!! He is peeing in the house and he knows better. He was defiant with my hub this morning and he went back into his crate and into the kitchen.....and then outside again and peed and came back in the house and peed at the same spot. I had to drag him out from under the coffee table! He was smiling and laughing with his Aussie smile! I know you wouldn't believe that this dog is doing this "on purpose", but he has a purpose and I think he wants to be the alpha male of the house. Boy dogs are badder than the girls!

    He had his breakfast at the spot and it made no difference. I even laid down two large pieces of kydex thermoplastic over the spot and he is peeing half on the plastic and half on the carpet!

    He is back in his crate and then he goes back into the kitchen. No living room for Val today!

    Good thing he has a vet appt., for his shots today, anyway! I will certainly discuss this problem with the vet!!
     
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    Dang.....Val poo'd on the floor inside, just after I'd taken the little critter outside. He was almost flawless yesterday.

    Back to the drawing board.

    :yikes:
     
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    Like others suggested, get the umbrella out and go stand in the rain for a while!

    Honestly, if you catch him IN THE ACT, there is nothing wrong with correcting him for it.
     
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    He has trouble with things tonite; we had terrible thunderstorms and heavy rain.....I couldn't expect the puppy to be able to hold it during the storms and he didn't; eh, tomrrow is another day!
     

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