If your dog doesn’t like to go outside in the colder weather to go potty, here’s a great tip shared by the Wisconsin Humane Society.
“Does this story sound familiar to you? Dog goes outside. Dog sniffs around. Dog finally seems ready to do his business. Then Dog’s paws get too cold and he runs inside before going potty… If your dog won’t wear booties, try putting down a layer of straw in an easily accessible area of your yard and guide them to it. It still feels and smells like a natural potty place for your dog, but the insulating straw provides a much warmer surface for their sensitive paws. The best part is, you can use any leftover straw for the same purpose when your yard gets muddy in the spring!” –Wisconsin Humane Society Behavior Program Manager, Natalie Zielinski, CBCC-KA, CPDT-KA
If this is something you’d like to try, the Cedar Bend Humane Society has bales of hay available for $5.