DDog and the snow

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Boffin9207 Fri 01-Feb-19 09:34:17

It has snowed fairly heavily here overnight. DDog hasn’t been to the loo since yesterday afternoon (wouldn’t go before bed) and is refusing to go this morning. I even cleared space in the garden for her to go. Any suggestions?

I need to walk her in a bit. Should this be a shorter walk than usual? She doesn’t have a coat.


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missbattenburg Fri 01-Feb-19 09:36:38

age? breed?

PositivelyPERF Fri 01-Feb-19 09:37:48

What kind of breed is she? If she’s one of the more delicate breeds, she’s going to be freezing, if you don’t get a coat for her. You need to go out with her and stand while she has a wee. Be careful with her paws, because the salt used by the council is dangerous for dogs, so make sure you wash her paws when you get back.

PositivelyPERF Fri 01-Feb-19 09:38:35

Actually try to sta6 well out of the salt, as it can cut her wee paws.

oreosoreosoreos Fri 01-Feb-19 09:40:02

If she's a fluffy breed then watch for snow getting impacted on the bottom of her paws too.

Boffin9207 Fri 01-Feb-19 09:49:50

Sorry - lab, three years old. She’s a rescue and not had her for very long!

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missbattenburg Fri 01-Feb-19 10:22:20

Ah, a 3 year old healthy lab should be fine for a normal walk out in the snow. That's assuming a normal walk for you and her isn't 10 miles across arctic fields grin

She shouldn't need a coat.

On toileting, my guess would be she's just not had the experience of peeing in snow before. I would be tempted to walk her out and about until she has to go.

Get her out there and having fun smile


BiteyShark Fri 01-Feb-19 10:38:28

Last year my dog was very much 'wtf' is that and we had to clear a path and encourage him to go in it.

This year he was bouncing about and tried to play fight my snow shovel.

Try and coax her out with food and stand out with her a bit until she gets her confidence that it's nothing to worry about.

Boffin9207 Fri 01-Feb-19 10:42:23

Thank you - I will take her out for a walk shortly and make a better path in the garden. She bounded our this morning but was definitely a bit wtf and scooted back in. Yesterday she wouldn’t toilet on the frost in the garden so I had to walk her down the road to a grassy patch to get her to go!

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PositivelyPERF Fri 01-Feb-19 11:10:14

Put a bit of tarpaulin, sheet of cardboard or sheet of plastic down, near the back door. A bin bag, cut open and held down with weights would do. That way you’ll have a first free spot for her.

P.S, this is Mumsnet, photos are compulsory. 😉😁

Poshjock Fri 01-Feb-19 12:57:21

Labs can be very fussy about where they go. Both of mine refuse to use the garden and prefer to stand in a bush or high grass. One in particular could hold it in for hours and hours until he was happy with his location. Is there a woodland nearby that won't be as affected by the snow, you can drive to?

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