My Dog Won’t Poop in the Rain! (Here’s What to Do!)

“My dog won’t poop in the rain!” If you’ve been trying unsuccessfully to get your dog to do their business outside during rainy weather, you’re not alone. In this article, we’ll explain why your dog won’t poop outside in the rain, how long they can hold it, and (of course) how to get your dog to poop in the rain so you can end all of the messes and frustration.

We’ll cover multiple methods that will help your dog get more comfortable with going outside in wet weather, as well as addressing what to do if your dog has accidents in the house when it’s raining outside. And if you’re dealing with a puppy that won’t poop in the rain, we’ve got specific information for your situation too. Let’s get started!

My Dog Won’t Poop in the Rain

Dog Won't Poop in the Rain

If your dog won’t poop in the rain, this behavior can be due to discomfort with the wet conditions, dislike of the sensation of rain on their body, or simply the change in routine that rain brings. Understanding the reasons behind this reluctance and finding ways to encourage your dog can help ensure they stay comfortable and relieve themselves even in less-than-ideal weather conditions.

Why Won’t My Dog Poop Outside in the Rain?

Your dog won’t poop outside in the rain due to a variety of reasons, such as the unfamiliar feeling of raindrops, the scary sound of rain, or the overall discomfort of being wet. Some dogs may also be more sensitive to changes in their environment and prefer the comfort and predictability of their usual, dry toileting spots.

Dog Won’t Poop in Rain, How Long Can They Hold It?

How long a dog can hold its need to poop varies depending on the dog’s age, size, and health. Generally, adult dogs can hold their bowel movements for up to 8 hours, but it’s not comfortable or recommended to force them to wait that long. Prolonged holding can lead to health issues or accidents indoors.

How to Get Dog to Poop in the Rain

Encouraging your dog to poop in the rain requires patience and positive reinforcement:

  1. Use a waterproof coat or umbrella: Keeping your dog as dry as possible can make them more comfortable with going outside in the rain.
  2. Create a sheltered area: If possible, find or create a partially covered area where your dog can go that’s protected from the rain.
  3. Stay consistent with commands: Use a consistent command such as “go poop” to encourage your dog to poop, and praise them when they do, rain or shine. Take them out frequently while training the command, including first thing in the morning, after mealtimes, and play. Be patient.
  4. Gradually acclimate them: Start with short outings in light rain and gradually increase the duration to help your dog get used to the conditions.

Your dog refusing to poop in the rain can be managed with understanding, preparation, and training. By making the experience as positive and comfortable as possible, you can help your dog overcome their reluctance and maintain their regular bathroom schedule, regardless of the weather.

It’s important to remember that any underlying behavioral issues (fear, anxiety, stubbornness, etc.) that may have been causing all of this to begin with will still be present. And until you address those, any positive changes you see will only be temporary.

“Well, how do I make these changes last?”

By getting your dog to truly choose to follow your direction, that’s how. I tried many times to write out how you can do that before deciding it made more sense to just link you to the free video series that explains it better than I’d ever be able to.

The series is by a man named Dan who is one of the world’s leading dog obedience trainers. In it, he teaches you how to put an end to things like your dog refusing to poop in the rain and all other misbehavior using his fast and easy-to-follow methods.

In the first video, Dan will reveal to you why the two most common methods of dog training only doom you to failure. You can watch the video now by clicking here. Follow the proven system he’ll show you in his series and you’ll never have to spend another second worrying about why your dog won’t poop in the rain ever again!

My Dog Has Accidents When It Rains

My Dog Has Accidents When It Rains

A dog having accidents when it rains is not unusual, as many are reluctant or afraid to go outside and poop in wet weather. This common issue can stem from a dislike of getting wet, the unfamiliar sensation of rain, or a disruption of their regular routine.

My Dog Poops in the House When it Rains

When your dog poops in the house when it rains, they’re seeking the comfort of indoors over braving the rain for their bathroom needs. This behavior can lead to accidents inside the house, particularly during bad weather.

The key to managing this issue lies in understanding your dog’s discomfort and gradually helping them to become more accustomed to going outside in the rain. The “go poop” command, which you can learn now in the first section, will help.

This will also involve slowly introducing your pet to the wet conditions in a positive and supportive manner, ensuring they feel safe and secure even when the weather is less than ideal. For especially reluctant dogs, you may need to ease them into things by training your dog to pee in the rain first.

Establishing a comfortable and familiar routine around bathroom breaks can also play an important role in preventing indoor accidents during rainy days.

Puppy Won’t Poop in Rain, Is It Normal?

If your puppy won’t poop in the rain, yes, it is normal. Puppies are still learning about their environment and may be especially sensitive to new and uncomfortable sensations, such as rain. With patience and positive reinforcement, you can teach your puppy that it’s okay to go outside, even when it’s wet.

You must be gentle and understanding during this process, as puppies are in an important stage of development and learning. By gradually exposing them to the rain in a controlled and positive manner, you can help your puppy overcome their reluctance and ensure they are comfortable going outside in all types of weather, even thunder.

Dog Won’t Go Outside in Rain, What Do I Do?

When your dog refuses to go outside in the rain, it’s important to approach the situation with empathy and patience. Here are some strategies to encourage your dog:

  1. Introduce waterproof gear: A waterproof coat for your dog or a large umbrella can help keep them dry and more willing to go outside.
  2. Use positive reinforcement: Reward your dog with treats and praise when they brave the rain to go to the bathroom.
  3. Create a covered area: If possible, provide a sheltered spot outdoors where your dog can go that’s protected from the rain.
  4. Be patient and consistent: Keep a consistent bathroom routine and slowly acclimate your dog to wet conditions with short, positive outings.

Successfully managing your dog’s reluctance to go outside in the rain for bathroom breaks often requires a blend of understanding, preparation, and training. By making rainy bathroom trips as comfortable and stress-free as possible, you can help your dog overcome their reluctance and prevent any pooping or peeing when you leave.

Introducing these practices gradually and consistently can make a significant difference in how your dog perceives going outside in the rain, ultimately leading to a happier and more comfortable experience for both of you during inclement weather.

You’re probably ready to get going now that you have all of your questions about why your dog won’t poop when it’s raining outside answered, so I’ll let you begin. Good luck, and thanks for reading our article “My Dog Won’t Poop in the Rain! (Here’s What to Do!)”.

The Author

KB Williams

KB Williams

Hey there! I'm a dog behavior expert and lover of travel. Since 2016, I've been sharing my knowledge of dog training and behavior while exploring the Pacific Northwest with my two rescues.