Keeping Your Dog Entertained in the Rain

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It’s the time of year where rain comes almost everyday. Dogs can seem to get antsy in the rain. Sometimes, you might find yourself thinking ‘where can you go when it’s raining with your dog?’ Plenty of places. Here are some helpful ideas from your friends here at Ruffger’s. 

Go to a Friend’s House. 

A good way for you and your pooch to avoid cabin fever when it’s raining is to visit a friend—whether that friend is another dog or a favorite human. This doesn’t necessarily provide exercise, but it gives you both some variety and company.

Go Shopping at Stores that Allow Pets. 

Pet stores and pet bakeries are obvious places, but other stores (such as Pet Smart and Pet Co) allow pets too. Hardware stores are often pet-friendly and also have the advantage of wide aisles and a variety of smells (especially if there’s a garden center). Call ahead to check first if you’re unsure, as some chains let local store managers decide whether to allow pets. Do the fellow shoppers in the store a favor by remembering to bring your pet disposal pick up bags.

Visit an Indoor Dog Park.

Like outdoor parks, this is a place where your fluffy friend can run around and play—while you hang out, watch the action, and clean up dog poop as needed. You may have to show proof of vaccinations and flea prevention to get inside. Call or go to the park’s website to learn the rules; some limit the kinds of food and treats you can bring, and they all have behavioral guidelines. Make sure to abide by the rules as each specific park to avoid penalization.

Wander Around a Parking Garage.

While not quite as idyllic as your local park, parking garages do offer some covered space for pups who have a lot of energy and need to move around for a bit. Be extra watchful and keep your grip tight on the leash, since there will be cars backing in and out, not to mention speeding. Try walking closer to the top of the parking garage, since typically there is less traffic there.

Stay Inside and Play Games.

Maybe your furry friend doesn’t like the rain, or perhaps the weather is just too treacherous to go outside or go anywhere- that’s okay. There are ways to give your four-legged pal some activities and new experiences at home. Run up the stairs or down the hallway, set up an obstacle course, or play find-the-snack with some new treats, like these buffalo rawhide treats.

Go Outside and Enjoy the Rain!

The thing about getting wet? It’s only temporary. And sometimes it’s downright fun! Make sure to dry your fluffy friend off when they get inside, and bathe them if necessary.

Visit the Groomer.

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This might be the perfect day for your dog to visit the groomer and get pampered.  Especially if she’s just enjoyed some good old-fashioned puddle-jumping while engaging in the previous activity. Timing is everything.

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, feel free to contact us here at Ruffger’s. Have fun with your pooch and always remember- sometimes it’s more fun to dance and play in the rain.