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Do you take your dog out for potty even if it's pouring outside?

We're in the middle of a severe thunderstorm/hail storm at this very moment and I just can't help but asking this question...

Do you take your puppy out for potty even if it is pouring out there? Can I let the puppy do his business inside the house on newspaper or potty pad? Would this set back the potty training?
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Yes, we do. We have a fenced in yard so "taking her out" in a storm equates to me opening the back door. I generally reserve walks for when it's not raining (although we love snow). However, we have lived in apartments in the past and I have definitely done the miserable storm walks before. I figured that both of us getting soaked was still easier than cleaning the carpet.
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Being from Washington, we FREQUENTLY have pouring rain. Our kids go out rain or shine. You'd think they would get quicker about doing the business in the rain, but not yet! Normally, if it is pouring - we will blow them dry when they come in.

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I would never, ever not take my dog out because of weather. It's rain, you'll dry. It would definitely set back housetraining to suddenly say oh, it's okay to pee inside TODAY but not tomorrow when it's sunny out.

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My dog would pee inside more than outside if we did that, hehe. But I can see how it wouldbe tough in a lightening storm!

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My friend was lazy about this with her boxer puppy, and now she is soooooo sorry. Whenever it rains, he fights going outside and wants to sneak upstairs to potty in the guest room! It is much better to suck it up and go out, than confuse the process.

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I concur with all that has been said. Goldens love the rain! I always take my dogs out, rain, snow or sun!

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Yes! It will set back your training if you don't.
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Isn't that what raincoats are for ? Yes, especially a puppy needs to be taken out and watched and praised. Older dogs can perhaps wait it out but not pups.

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