Walking your pup on a bright sunny day is a breeze. Your dog gets exercise while you talk to neighbors or enjoy a leisurely stroll around town. It’s not even a chore. However, dogs and rainy weather is an entirely different story. There are days when getting your dog to relieve himself can be an all-day (miserable) affair. Here on the east coast, we have had more thunderous downpours than I care to remember during these couple weeks of May. Perhaps we are making up for the lack of rain in April.
Lately, I am paying extra attention the weather forecasts focusing on what time the rain is supposed to start. If (and this is a big if) the forecasters are correct, I try to put my dogs out in the yard an hour before the rain comes because every pet owner knows that dogs and rainy weather can be an unfortunate blend of bad scent and filthy floors. It’s not always possible, but when it works, it’s a lifesaver. The times I can time it perfectly, my dogs are relieved and can happily snooze through the thundershowers, avoiding the whole wet mess.
Of course, there are those days when it rains all day long or rain comes quite unexpectedly. Consequently, I have gathered some helpful ways to care for dogs in rainy weather which have worked for me.
Here are ten tips to help you and your pup get through the messy spring showers:
ALL WEATHER WALKS
It can be easy for us to not think about the fact that our dogs might have to go, now, even though it’s pouring, especially when we have our nice indoor bathrooms right in our homes. But our pups don’t have such luxuries and still need their walks. With a little preparation (and proper gear), they can be a little more pleasant. The key is when dogs gotta go, they gotta go!
If you have a patient dog who has grown accustomed to dog booties in the snowy weather, you might want to consider getting puppy water boots, particularly for dogs with lots of fur on their paws.
As you can see, some puppy raincoats cover just about the whole body which can priceless in downpours Then just a quick cleaning of the paws is needed upon returning home.
KEEP THE TOWELS HANDY
A quick rubdown with a towel (or even a wad of paper towels) can help dry off a soaking wet dog, thus avoiding any more water on your floors and furniture. More importantly, it will help them feel more comfortable and not catch cold.
FUNCTIONAL OR JUST CUTE?
But remember, rain gear and any doggie gear for that matter has its functions, but some products are made just to make the dogs look cute and don’t protect them from rain or cold. Make sure your gear does both.
My dogs get bored pretty quickly if they can’t go out in the yard and run around (about a million times) each day. I now keep bones and treats for them to chew out their pent up energy when they have to stay inside.
JUST LIKE KIDS
What do toddlers and puppies have in common? Among other things, there is not a puddle they cannot resist plunging into. For pet owners, that means looking ahead and steering your pup clear of any large puddles, and when that’s unavoidable, checking their coat for any debris or critters that may have become stuck during their splish-splashing fun.
WALK IN THEIR PAWS FOR A MINUTE
Some dogs and nearly all puppies just will not be able to wait out daylong rain showers to relieve themselves. On top of that many dogs will just refuse to go in the rain. My chihuahua will go unless it’s torrential and my black lab will usually wait until the rain stops. Remember that every dog is different and some will have accidents. Forgive, clean-up, and move on.
It may be tempting to send your dog out alone when it’s pouring out but if your yard is not properly fenced in, a big bolt of lightening followed by a thunderclap can send your dog off and running. Out of fear, he may keep running and get lost. So leash up your pup and go with him.
It goes without saying that the place for a dog is inside during bad weather. Every dog should live indoors, fully protected from poor weather conditions — all year round.