Many parts of the country are currently experiencing the rainy season, and that means lots of longing doggy stares out the front door as well as drenched paws and fur when your pal does get outside. Being all cooped up inside the house on a rainy day isn’t any fun, but neither is trailing a mess indoors. With those problems in mind, we’ve compiled a list of tips for how to survive a wet day with your favorite four-legged friend. Take a look!
#1 Doggy Rain Gear
Sometimes you just can’t avoid taking your pup out in the rain, whether it’s for a brisk bathroom walk or you just so happened to schedule your pal’s annual vet visit on the wettest day of the year. The good news is that waterproof dog gear is a huge market, and you can find everything from jackets and vests to booties and rain hats (yes, hats!) If you choose to dress your dog in protective duds, just make sure they fit properly and don’t have any parts or embellishments that could cause harm.
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#2 Teach Your Dog to “Go” on Command
If it’s really coming down, you could skip your morning walk and let your dog out in the yard instead. However, some dogs love to putz around when they get outside — sniffing bushes and inspecting sticks — and this can mean that your furball is totally sopping by the time they get around to doing their business.
To avoid a dilly-dallying (and drenched!) dog, teach your pal to “go” on command. Choose a place close to the house so your dog won’t have to travel far and train them to go in one spot through positive reinforcement and treats. Lead your dog to the spot, wait for them to do their business, say something like “go potty!” when they go, and offer a treat. Repeat this over and over (ideally, when it’s not raining!) until your pup gets the gist. Then when it’s raining, you can give your dog the command and they’ll know right where to go and what to do.
Have a towel waiting inside to wipe down your pup’s paws and legs once they’re done.
#3 Bring the Bathroom Inside
Torrential downpour? Gusting wind? Lightning and thunder? You might need to wait it out, but that doesn’t mean that your dog can wait to go to the bathroom. Keep a stash of wee pads around and teach your dog how to use them. When in a pinch, your dog can take care of business on these highly absorbent and easy-to-discard pads.
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#4 Beat Boredom
A dog who is stuck inside all day can get cabin fever just like we can. Your dog might start pacing, post up near the front door, bark, whine, or even get into mischief (many bored dogs have found destructive ways to pass the time, like chewing up the sofa!)
Instead of letting your dog go stir crazy, beat the boredom with some fun indoor games. You could buy stimulating puzzle toys or come up with your own games, like hide-and-go seek, treat hunt (wherein you hide tasty and special treats around the house), or training exercises. That’s right — training can actually be fun. These 20 Dog Commands You Need To Know will certainly keep you and your pal busy when it’s coming down outside.
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