I live in -35 wheather and all cheech does is stand and shiver outside, he’s a short haired puppy and possibly the runt? He drinks tons of water but also only pees on the floor, it’s his first night home, what should I do?
Hello Katalin, I would do one of two things: 1. If you have an area outside/garage/patio porch that is significantly warmer than outside but won't be associated with the house for pup later, I would purchase disposable real grass pads and teach pup to go potty on the pad in that area outside that's warmer until things warm up. Real grass pad brands: www.freshpatch.com www.doggielawn.com www.porchpotty.com Option 2. If continuing with regular outdoor potty training, pup needs to be outfitted for the weather just like a person. Most designer doggie coats and outfits aren't going to keep pup warm enough and won't allow pup to go potty easily, but a high quality outdoor dog gear brand will be very functional and warm to insulate pup and still be cut in a way that allows pup to potty with the coat/boots on. Check out www.Ruffwear.com and Outwardhound.com. There are cheaper brands out there and those brands may not make coats as small as what you need but you can get an idea of what quality, materials, and cuts to look for for functionality. If you struggle to find a quality coat that's cheap enough you can also make your own potentially. Go to local thrift stores or look at your closed for quality coats that you no longer need or don't fit. If you have an old down-coat, windproof jacket with some insulation, or other high quality material that's significantly warm - you can cut, sew, and re-purpose that into a dog jacket. If the ground is very icy, pup likely needs dog hiking or rubber type boots also to protect paws - spend time letting puppy wear the clothes around the house and play games and give treats - interrupting any chewing of the clothes, to get pup used to wearing them before outdoor trips, so that the clothes won't be a potty training distraction outside. Not all dog clothes are just for looks - my own dogs have winter gear for backpacking and hiking in the winter - it's purely functional and they appreciate staying warm on the trail. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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