Like many things, simply describing the problem starts to explain the answer. We had helped the client work with his dog to understand about going potty outside. We had conditioned the dog to go on the dry grass during nice days and nights when it was not showering down on him. Now the outside is wet and muddy and he is trying to go potty while he is constantly getting wet. All in all, it is just not a potty experience to which he had been conditioned. Some dogs are OK with the wet and rain and some dogs just don’t want to potty in the wet and rain…
What my client’s dog was telling him was "No thank you, I won't go here, I will just wait until I get back inside. By the way, when is it going to be dry again?"
Rainy season lasts until November and there is no way that you want your dog pottying on your carpet until then. So, what do we do? The answer, as with most of my blogs, is pretty simple. What I always teach my clients is to first understand the situation when everything was working. After that, we need to find the moment when things began to all fall apart. From there, we simply need to analyze the divergent operating conditions between the situations and make the appropriate adjustments. Here we go:
- The first and obvious observation is that when the ground is dry, the puppy goes to the bathroom with no problem.
- When the ground is wet and mushy and it is raining, the puppy doesn't want to have anything to do with the "outside potty".
- The obvious conclusion rests on the wet grass and being rained upon.
- What we need to do is to find a place that is not mushy and is protected when it is raining.
- You must find a place that is out of the rain in your back yard. This can be a covered area off your cabana bath door, patio, etc.
- Go to Lowes or Home Depot and get two pieces of sod from the garden department. Place the sod in the protected area you have chosen. It would be a good idea to place a plastic tarp or plastic garbage bag under the sod so that it will be easy to remove it, when needed.
- Direct your dog to the sod whenever it is rainy outside or the ground is mushy.
- Change out the sod every few weeks so it doesn’t start to smell too bad.