How To Get Your Pup To Go Potty in Cold Winter Weather

February 11, 2019

This post was graciously provided by Jessica Benoit RVT, CPDT-KA, Fear Free Certified Trainer of Companion Veterinary Clinic, Edmonton. Cold Weather Bathroom Blues It’s no secret that getting your precious pups to ‘use the outdoor facilities’ during winter’s colder months comes as a challenge. Today, we’re sharing some helpful tips to encourage your dog to maintain their housetraining habits even during the cold winder months. Let’s dive in! 1. Bundle Up Have your coat, boots, gloves and treats ready to go outside with them. This way we can ensure they are going to the bathroom and it gives us the chance to reinforce this behaviour. 2. Bundle Your Dog Up Have their boots and coats ready, too! Some dogs would prefer to bundle up to go outside. If this makes your dog more comfortable and more inclined to go outside, it really is best for you to take the time to do this. 3. Shovel a Path It sure can be daunting for us to look at the snow piling up outside, but can you imagine if you are only a couple of inches off the ground? Making a path will not only help keep your dog’s paws dry and less cold, but will encourage them to go outside. 4. Avoid Punishment Do not punish your dog for accidents in the house. This will only…

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