3 Ways To Keep Your Dog Active On Rainy Days
Again, we bid farewell to a spectacular Pacific Northwest October and welcome another chilly, misty November. Many of us are wondering how we are going to maintain our active pets’ outdoor schedule as the weather turns more and more stormy and dark. As the days grow ever shorter and the air ever colder, putting our active pets’ needs first can be a bit of a tribulation. At the onset of fall, getting our active dogs into the woods for long nature hikes is an absolute joy, however, that joy wanes as those same trails become swampy, late Autumn mudflows. Use these tips to make those cold, dark, rainy walks bearable, and otherwise keep your pup active.
Seek out indoor dog parks in your community. Many indoor facilities offer pets all manner of dog park fun minus the muddy paws and soggy fur, and some even have clever indoor/outdoor play areas—outdoor lawns with awnings or slanted roofs to keep the rain out while satisfying Fido’s need for the wild out of doors.
Dress your pup in a rain slicker and brave the storms. Overlook any nagging insistence that you and your dog may look silly in matching rain jackets and go strut your sensibly dressed stuff. Many rain adverse breeds will happily brave wet weather when dressed appropriately, so talk to your vet about the best wet-weather gear for your breed.
Try the treadmill. Homes with indoor gym equipment, namely a treadmill, can have a modicum of success training their active pups to “walk themselves.”
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