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My Dog Won’t Pee in the Rain, What Do I Do? 4 Solutions That Can Help

Written by: Rachel Giordano

Last Updated on April 15, 2024 by Dogster Team

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My Dog Won’t Pee in the Rain, What Do I Do? 4 Solutions That Can Help

Most dog owners have dealt with the frustrations of their dogs refusing to pee in the rain. You try and try, but your dog says, no way. You look at your watch and realize you have about 5 minutes to spare before heading into the office, and your dog refuses to go. Now you’ll have to worry about your dog peeing inside and leaving a mess you’ll have to clean when you get home.

The truth is that factors come into play regarding dogs relieving themselves in the wet outdoors. Let’s break down possible causes as to why your pooch refuses to step a paw outside in inclement weather and what you can do to fix it.

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Why Won’t My Dog Pee in the Rain?

Let’s start with the basics and put yourself in their paws. Would you want to go outside in the rain to potty? Of course not, so why would you expect your dog to be okay with this scenario?

Dogs pick up on our emotions, and if they see you scrambling with the umbrella while out on a walk, they can sense that you’re unhappy with this wet stuff coming down from the sky. In turn, they may think of it as a negative event.

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Ways to Help Your Dog Feel Comfortable Peeing in the Rain

We think it’s fair to say that most dogs don’t like the feeling of having wet paws unless, of course, you have a Labrador Retriever or English Setter. Nonetheless, one thing you can try is feeding your dog on wet grass. Place their bowl on the wet grass and praise them when they eat. This helps them feel more comfortable with having wet paws and helps them associate wet paws with a positive act.

Another trick is to take your dog on a walk in the rain. Not in a torrential downpour, just a little rain. When your dog feels relaxed and comfortable, give a treat. Do this as much as you can, and the rewards will pay off.

1. Treats to the Rescue

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What dog doesn’t love treats? The key here is to let them know that rain isn’t a bad thing. Start small and have them go outside with you when it’s raining. We don’t recommend doing this during a downpour; remember to start small.

Once they are outside with you in the rain, give them a treat followed by a ton of praise. Do this any time you have the chance, and in time, your doggie will understand. We should point out that this works extremely well for puppies rather than adults. Puppies simply do not understand what rain is yet, and the earlier you train them to accept the wet stuff, the better.

2. Buy Your Dog a Raincoat

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Raincoats can come in handy and be a lifesaver when it comes to your dog peeing in the rain. Since some dogs simply don’t like the feeling of being wet, a raincoat will protect them to where they won’t feel it as much; therefore, they’ll be more apt to pee in the rain.

3. Buy Your Dog Booties

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Most dogs don’t like the feeling of something on their paws, especially shoes; however, if you can get your dog used to wearing shoes or booties, your chances of getting them to pee in the rain are greater. Remember when we said that most dogs don’t like their paws wet? Well, this will eliminate that issue.

Dog boots come in many colors and styles, so why not make it fun? Not only do dog boots help keep your doggo’s feet dry, but they also help to protect your dog’s pads on hot pavement or walking through rough terrain. In short, it’s certainly worth a try!

4. Build an Awning or Cover

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When all else fails, you can create a place for your dog to go, and building an awning, carport, or cover that keeps your dog out of the weather might be your only other option. You can also try to designate a potty area with gravel to help your dog’s paws stay dryer while they go.

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How Do You Train a Rescue Dog to Pee Outside?

When you rescue a dog, most times, you have no idea what they’ve been through in their life, and if your dog refuses to pee outside in the rain, it could be because of a bad experience from their previous owner or perhaps they were left out in rainy weather in the past. Whatever the reason, here are some tips to get your adult rescue to pee outside in the rain.

First, develop a command for pottying outside in the rain or a “cue.” But let’s back up a second; it’s best to introduce this training exercise while it’s not raining. By establishing commands or cues for your dog to potty, odds are it will help when it’s raining.

Try and teach them to potty quickly. For example, if you see your dog about to go, use the cue “hurry” or “quickly.” Once your dog has those cues down, then it’s time to try it when it’s raining. When you take them out in the rain, speak whatever potty command you used, and use it when they start to pee. Of course, give your dog a treat and plenty of praise when they pee.

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Final Thoughts

We know how frustrating it can be when your dog won’t pee in the rain. Hopefully, the above tips and tricks will help your dog overcome the fear of peeing in the rain, which will eliminate headaches and frustrations for you both. Remember to use positive reinforcement while training, be patient, and be sure to have plenty of treats on hand. Good luck and stay positive!

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