I just got a new puppy for Christmas. He is only 8 weeks old and needs potting training. But outside is cold and the snow has turned into ice. Do I take him out anyway or can I train him inside? Any suggestions? Thanks
Clear a small area outside for him. Just don't leave him outside for too long.
five minutes shouldn't hurt him - do it immediately after his meal and don't forget to praise him whatever he does.
go outside with him. I would train him to go outside personally, even if it means standing outside in the cold
Charlie (foster) and Rocky
Agreeing that you MUST go outdoors. You don't want to delay on this and allow the puppy to use pads indoors as that will send him a mixed message. The puppy will be fine outside - has a fur coat. You certainly do not want to leave him outside alone - dress warm, go out with him and when he pees/poops praise him (big party) so he gets the message that going outdoors is what you want. He'll pick up on this in a few weeks.
I got my younger dog in February and he did fine going outdoors in the bad weather.
Sharon, Blaise and Diesel.
I agree, start outside training. It sucks training a puppy in winter. We got Cinder in December and both of us froze our butts off but (in my experience) training a big dog is much easier than training a little dog so your pup should get the hang of it pretty quickly.
Yep...your puppy will be fine in the cold....just don't be outside long.
Sophie DOB 04/13/2011 6 mo
Sophie 15 months, with Skye
Only thing I will add is do watch for signs of his paws becoming sensitive with the ice & snow, some dogs (even some Labs) can't handle bare paws on freezing cold surfaces for long. Also watch for rock salt used to melt ice as it can cause chemical burns, or get stuck in between the paw pads & be very uncomfortable.