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My 17 week old GSD is almost completely housetrained now (thank god...it was a long struggle with her). However she hates going out in the rain to potty. The days that it rains, she tends to have a lot of accidents indoors because she just hates going out. I take her out...she just stands there looking miserable and won't go. Bring her back, put her in the crate. She whines and whines. Take her out again...won't go. She'll go the minute we are indoors. Any ideas on how to deal with it?...especially since we're in for a lot of rainy days this week.
 

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You'll have to put on a raincoat and stay there until she goes. Not much way around it, she's got to go outside no matter what
 

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Play with her in the rain outside...making the wet ground and the rain a non event should help her. I train Jake in the rain and have always made it no big deal. Now, I am not saying it's lovely for us...getting wet, they get wet and muddy etc, BUT in the end it will pay off! Do what Stosh says....put on a rain coat and suck it up. I would even make her do some commands in the rain....
 

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Reading this post gave me a chuckle. It reminded me
of the Dachshund my brother had years ago. He would
not even think of going outside if there was the slightest
chance a single rain drop might fall. He would hold it
and hide until he exploded rather than risk getting any
rain on him. You had to pick him up and carry him out
and set him down beside a tree and wait.

Contrast that to my old shepherd Mikey. He was an all
weather dog. Didnt matter if it was a driving rainstorm,
thunderstorm, snowstorm, ice storm or a sub zero arctic
blast when it was time to go out it was time to go.
And he wouldnt be hurried either. He always took his
own sweet time to find just the right spot.

You just have to take her out and wait for her to produce.
And when she does (finally) praise enthusiastically.
Your neighbors will think you've lost your mind dancing
around with your dog in the rain...
 

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You have to make going outside in the rain the best freaking time EVER!!!
This means you will end up with a VERY muddy puppy, but get some rain boots and coat and have fun! Trust me, she will get over this. Good Luck!
 

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Jolene takes forever outside when it rains. She would rather play than potty, and that's what I have the rain gear for.

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When Hondo was a pup, he didn't like to go out in the rain, and would potty on the concrete patio. I didn't want him to get into the habit of that, so when it was time to take him out I'd take him on the leash and for a walk. He'd be excited about going for a walk and the actual buisness of potty was just an after thought.

Now he loves the rain. The muddier it gets the better. He'll even take his kong and drop it in the water to make a splash (when it rains really heavily).

I get a messy, muddy, disgusting dog. But he has no accidents in the house. As he is now 92 pounds, I hose him off before he comes back in and he has to lay on a beach towel while I dry him off. The days of a quick rinse in the bath tub are long gone.
 

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i agree with the get a raincoat and suck it up comment lol. do what you have to do. They have to learn going potty inside, no matter what the weather outside is, is simply not acceptable. Make it fun.
 

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The good news is, as they get older they go less often and have better bladder control so you don't have to spend the next 12 years standing in the rain,....just now while the pup is still young.
 

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grab a rain coat, boots and have fun (meaning
wait it out). i took my pup out in all sorts of weather.
 

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I brought Karl home the day he turned 8 weeks old. For the first days we had him it rained some everyday. I would put on my long raincoat and grab my umbrella and take him to the area that I wanted him to potty at. He got real good at squatting down and going while I kept him dry.

Now fast forward to the first no rain no drizzle day. I tell him to potty and he comes over to me, stands between my feet, squats and goes potty. My DH and I about laughed our heads off as the poor boy thought that was how it was done at his new home. Needless to say I worked on that thought real quick.
 

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Now fast forward to the first no rain no drizzle day. I tell him to potty and he comes over to me, stands between my feet, squats and goes potty.
Haha! What a sweetheart!

This thread is full of good suggestions. I have to admit, I've rather started fancying a good morning run-about in the rain after being forced to do so many in the past week! Oh oh! Perhaps puppyness has made me crazy!
 
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