4 Tips For Taking Care Of Your Dog on a Rainy Day

4 Tips For Taking Care Of Your Dog on a Rainy Day

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 isnโ€™t any fun, but neither is trailing a mess indoors. With those problems in mind, weโ€™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 canโ€™t avoid taking your pup out in the rain, whether itโ€™s for a brisk bathroom walk or you just so happened to schedule your palโ€™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 donโ€™t have any parts or embellishments that could cause harm.

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#2 Teach Your Dog to โ€œGoโ€ on Command

If itโ€™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 โ€œgoโ€ on command. Choose a place close to the house so your dog wonโ€™t have to travel far and train them to go in one spot through positive reinforcement



. Lead your dog to the spot, wait for them to do their business, say something like โ€œgo potty!โ€ when they go, and offer a treat. Repeat this over and over (ideally, when itโ€™s not raining!) until your pup gets the gist. Then when itโ€™s raining, you can give your dog the command and theyโ€™ll know right where to go and what to do.Have a towel waiting inside to wipe down your pupโ€™s paws and legs once theyโ€™re done.

#3 Bring the Bathroom Inside

Torrential downpour? Gusting wind? Lightning and thunder? You might need to wait it out, but that doesnโ€™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. Thatโ€™s right -- training can actually be


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20 Dog Commands You Need To Know will certainly keep you and your pal busy when itโ€™s coming down outside.What do you do with your dog on a rainy day? Leave a comment and let us know, and consider signing up for PetPlus, a benefit program for pet owners that provides member-only access to medications at wholesale prices, plus discounts on food, supplies, vet visits, boarding and more.
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