Hi I have a 1 year old, potty-trained female Chow that I keep inside my carpeted house. She has access (doggie door) to the backyard throughout the day for bathroom business. But about a month ago (when rainy season began here in California) she started urinating inside the house during rainy days, maybe she does not want to get wet. How do I stop her? thanks Chia
Thanks for your reply. I work during day time on weekdays, and she does her no.2 in the backyard so yes she does use the doggie door anytime she wishes. But she has never urinated in the house until recently, and she does it even when we are home as long as we are not around to see it. So I am suspecting that she doesn't like to go out when it is wet. Also she's not the only dog in the house. We have another male Chow mix and they get along very well. The male Chow never urinates in the house either, but after he saw his partner do it frequently, he started doing it also in the same area! Any suggestion would be appreciated :) Thanks Chia
I would suggest the following: When you are at work, keep her confined to the area around the doggie door, if possible. If it's in, say, the kitchen, put a gate up at the doorway(s) to keep her contained in there. Clean all the spots she has pottied with an enzymatic pet cleaner and deodorizer. They do the best getting the odor of previous accidents out. They are available at Petsmart and such. Dogs will go back to previous spots, they know by their scent left behind. That's why the male has started to potty there, too. Also, reteach housetraining. When you are home, for a while, keep her confined to where you are, tethered to you on a leash if you have to, and if she starts showing signs of pottying you can say "no!" and take her outside. When she goes outside go with her and give her lots of praise and a treat for pottying. She's learned she can potty when you are not looking, so the key is to be always looking. Supervision when you are home is a key. This is reminding her of the rules. I don't know your house set up, but if possible when you are gone keep her confined near the doggie door so she can go out, such as if the door is in a kitchen door. If it's a smaller space she may go outside rather than mess up the space she is staying in. About rain, I don't know, but off the top of my head maybe go out with her in the rain and play and give her treats? Maybe if she associates rain with something positive and gets used to it she won't mind it as much. Maybe take walks in the rain outside.