Re: 8 wk house training in winter

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Hello all, we just got a 8 wk black and tan and she hate the outside cold.  We have some snow.  I have been attempting to place her on a schedule but when we take her out she runs to the door and within minutes it seems like she empties in the house.  We then bring her directly back outside.
Has anyone encountered this with there babies?  Does anyone have any suggestions.
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I think that if you can get the pup to go outside on a lead with you and get her accustomed to the snow this could work out in your favor.  If you see that she is starting to potty in the house get her quickly and take her to the spot where you want her to go.  put her back down and let her finish her business.  Don't let her finish in the house as this could tell her that it is OK to do so.  When she starts to look like she is crouching to go, say NO and immediately take her to the potty spot.  Good luck

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Are you going outside with her?  Puppy will be a lot more comfortable with company.  You also need to be making sure she is walking around as walking stimulates gastro activity. 

I had to housetrain my first Doberman puppy in fairly severe winter conditions, and it was awful.  It's really a rotten time to get a puppy. 

How bad is the snow?  Are you shovelling an area for her?  Is there a protected area nearby where you can take her? 

It sounds like you're letting her in before she has eliminated in which case she's bound to have accidents.  You've really got to make sure she has gone before letting her in, as long as it's safe for her to be out without freezing her. 

In severe winter conditions, some people set up an ex-pen in their garage with shavings so puppy can eliminate there.  I used to have a 8 X 10 greenhouse on my patio that I filled with shavings for such problems in the winter. 

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My wife and I have been taking her out to her area, witch i clear from snow, every time she wakes up, eats, drinks, any change in activity.  We have been going out with her and have learned that she just needs some time and with lots of encouragement and she will do her business.  we bought her a sweater and that seems help when we are all outside. 
She is getting better, and so are we at getting her out when she needs to go.
Thank you for the help!

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Even though I am from S. Georgia, I can empathize with you. Last January I picked up my red female in S. Michigan and started back, spending the night in Covington, Ky. At the first rest stop in Ohio, there was at least 6" of snow on the ground and Princess was not overjoyed, but did her business. Of course I made a big fuss telling her what a good girl she was. Taking her out at 3AM at the Motel when she woke me up (she was in her crate and wanted to keep it clean) with it being about 15 degrees, both Princess and I were shaking by the time she was done. She got to ride back into the Motel tucked in my heavy jacket. I was rewarded with appreciative licks.

I promised her I would take her out of that terrible land of ice and snow, and since it's 60 degrees down here at noon today, I have been able so far to keep my promise. No ice and no snow (so far).

rgreen4 wrote:

Even though I am from S. Georgia, I can empathize with you. Last January I picked up my red female in S. Michigan and started back, spending the night in Covington, Ky. At the first rest stop in Ohio, there was at least 6" of snow on the ground and Princess was not overjoyed, but did her business. Of course I made a big fuss telling her what a good girl she was. Taking her out at 3AM at the Motel when she woke me up (she was in her crate and wanted to keep it clean) with it being about 15 degrees, both Princess and I were shaking by the time she was done. She got to ride back into the Motel tucked in my heavy jacket. I was rewarded with appreciative licks.

I promised her I would take her out of that terrible land of ice and snow, and since it's 60 degrees down here at noon today, I have been able so far to keep my promise. No ice and no snow (so far).

I will be experiencing this with my winter litter that I have right now. It gets terribly cold here and I dread to start the process. I find if you take them out with purpose though they go rather quickly and learn it they want to get back in. I train my dogs to go in one section of the yard and they learn the word for it so they actually train rather quickly. I also go out with them so as soon as they do the duty I tell them good potty make a huge dancing production out of it tell them what a good potty lol and we run back to the house as fast as we can.

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Yes, it seems the more of a silly fool we make of ourselves, the better they like it and the faster they learn. If ever the difference of a Master Breeder and a backyard breeder was ever needed, the fact that the pup comes at least accommodated to crates and exposed to going potty outside versus no training whatsoever, is it.

Looking back of all the Dobes I have owned, only 5 were not bred by me. Of those, the first was 4 months old when I got her, and Princess came crate trained to the point on the first night on the road she woke me up to go out - in the snow. Of the other three, one (my first male and second Dobe) was home raised so he was partly trained. The others wer definitely not prepped, but Red was easy to train although the first time I took him out he didn't know why.