To our friends who reside in sunny Southern California (both human and four-legged) we are about to embark on a rare phenomenon: rain. If the weather gurus are correct, this year’s El Nino weather patterns are bringing in substantial amounts of rainfall. For a drought-soaked state, that’s going to take some getting used to –especially for our pets.
Rain does roll around occasionally in SoCal, but we’re about to be greeted record-breaking precipitation. We’re here to help prep your pooch for rainy potty time. Obviously Californian’s are in the minority, so this information applies to anyone with a rain-resistant canine. Take a moment and check out these seven tips for training your dog to potty in rainy weather.
Start ‘Em Young
For puppy owners, the oncoming rainy season is a blessing in disguise. Teaching your pet at an early age to potty in the rain (or the snow) is an attribute they will carry with them into adulthood. Get them outside and playing in the changing weather, assuming it’s safe. Don’t go outdoors in dangerous conditions. For owners of older dogs and rain-resistant pups, keep reading.
Make It A Team Effort
Don’t just shoo your pet outdoors to brave the rain alone, show solidarity and go with them. This will give your pet a sense of comfort and you can help redirect them if they decide to hide out under a porch or overhang.
Give A Raincoat A Chance
Apparel is not meant for every pooch, but it’s worth a shot. Give a doggy raincoat a chance; even dogs who resist Halloween costumes or sweaters may tolerate a raincoat if means keeping dry.
If a doggy raincoat is out of the question, try using an umbrella for your pet. This may sound far-fetched, but if your dog is particularly resistant to going potty in the rain it may be an ace in the hole. The only downside is that while you’re shielding your dog from the rain, it will be coming down on you. Time to grab a raincoat for yourself!
Keep It Quick
Don’t linger in the rain. Teach your pet that as soon as they do their business they’re rewarded with going inside to be warm and dry.
If your pet continues to struggle with using the restroom in the rain, try pre-walking them. If you have the space inside your garage or an enclosed patio, take them out and walk them around the area for five minutes or so. This will get them going and release some of their energy before going out in the rain.
Once your pet has gone potty outside, reward them with a very special treat. Purchase a particularly delicious bag of morsels and only distribute them in reward for going potty outside. Follow up with a great amount of verbal and physical praise.