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Old 02-01-2015, 02:32 PM
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HELP - need advice with potty training.

Douglas is now 10wks old. I've been taking him outside as part of his potty training. I live in Northwest PA & we are getting slammed with snow. I believe we already have a foot or so. I just got home from work & took Douglas outside - I put him down on the ground & the snow is up to his belly. Douglas is a little pomeranian/shih tzu & is VERY fluffy. He did go pee but when I picked him up afterwards, he had balls of snow in his fur. Is it safe to continue to take him outside? We're only suppose to get more snow with winter storm Linus hitting us. When I baby-gate him in the kitchen, he pee's on the puppy pad that I have laying down in there but rarely poops on it. But when he's free in the house, he pee's on the carpet. What should I do for today? Should I try making him pee on the pad? Or will that confuse him? Note: he's not fully potty trained.
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Douglas is now 10wks old. I've been taking him outside as part of his potty training. I live in Northwest PA & we are getting slammed with snow. I believe we already have a foot or so. I just got home from work & took Douglas outside - I put him down on the ground & the snow is up to his belly. Douglas is a little pomeranian/shih tzu & is VERY fluffy. He did go pee but when I picked him up afterwards, he had balls of snow in his fur. Is it safe to continue to take him outside? We're only suppose to get more snow with winter storm Linus hitting us. When I baby-gate him in the kitchen, he pee's on the puppy pad that I have laying down in there but rarely poops on it. But when he's free in the house, he pee's on the carpet. What should I do for today? Should I try making him pee on the pad? Or will that confuse him? Note: he's not fully potty trained.

So long as your only spending short periods of time outside it's safe to take him out there. In the long run it'll be easiest to stick it out this winter and just train him to potty outside. To help with that if you can set up something to keep the snow off a small area (like a lean to), or clear the snow from a small area, it may help him to not mind going outside so much. You can get him a little water proof coat to help keep the ice off of his fur if you think he's getting to cold. He's double coated though so a short trip outside shouldn't bother him to much.

If you ultimately want him to only potty outside then letting him potty inside on puppy pads will just make things harder in the long run. You'll end up having to break that habit which can be hard to do.

He shouldn't have any freedom in the house unless he's just pottied outside, that'll cut down on those accidents. If he's consistently peeing on the carpet then you'll need to keep him off of it until he's reliably housetrained, or if you let him on it watch him like a hawk.
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I think you need to start crate training or you're going to have a problem on your hands. He shouldn't be given enough free access to the house to be able to pee on the carpet. Which method you want to use? Potty pads or outside? Dogs thrive with consistent schedules, so you have to be consistent or you will confuse your dog.

Edit: I totally agree with Rain. "Pee outside ONLY!" is so much more concrete and so much easier to understand than, "Peeing outside is preferable, however you can pee inside too but ONLY on this certain piece of paper." I would stick this winter out. I'm training a puppy in the winter too and I agree it sucks. Luckily, she hasn't had an accident inside yet and that's a manifestation of crate training and supervision.

Teaching your dog to potty on command will save you lots of time, that way when she goes outside she knows what to do.

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