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Walking Dog in the Rain: Tips for Keeping Your Pup Dry and Happy

As fun as rainy wet days can be for our dogs, they can be challenging for us dog owners and our dogs.


The Disadvantages of Walking Your Dog in the Rain

A dog walking wearing a raincoat.

  • Walking in rainy, wet conditions can be dangerous due to lack of visibility, slippery surfaces, contaminants and pollutants.

  • A wet dog can mean all sorts of health concerns, from a simple cold to even hypothermia, which can be dangerous for your puppy.

  • Mud and dirt can result in washing your dog more often than recommended, which can strip off natural oils from your dog's skin, causing dry, itchy skin and other skin conditions.

  • If you are a fluffy dog owner, this can also mean ruining the expensive groom.


Often, we ask ourselves if we should take our dogs on their walkies on a rainy day.



 

Walks give our dogs the exercise and mental stimulant that is harder to fulfil by other activities. Some dogs would refuse to relieve themselves until they are taken outside.

 

So, let's explore some tips on how to make rainy days much more enjoyable for you and your dog.





Tips for Walking Your Dog in the Rain


Choose the Right Dog Raincoat: A simple umbrella won't be able to protect you and your dog. Tall, wet grass and muddy puddles can get your dog wet quickly. A dog raincoat can be a game-changer, especially if you have a fluffy dog. Ensure the raincoat you select fits your dog properly and covers their entire body, including their full legs, tummy, and head. It should be made of waterproof material and preferably contain reflective strips to increase visibility.




Protect the Paws: Rain can result in slippery sidewalks, and puddles may hide hazards. Consider using doggy boots to protect your pup's paws from potential injuries and contaminants in the water. Once you are home, apply paw balm to help heal their paws.


Watch for Signs of Discomfort: Pay attention to your dog's behaviour during the walk. If they start shivering, lifting their paws, or seem distressed, it's time to head back home.


Treats and Positive Reinforcement: While some dogs might love rainy walks, for some, it might not be the favourite, so use treats and positive reinforcement to motivate them and make the experience more enjoyable.


Keep Walks Short: On particularly rainy or stormy days, consider shorter walks to minimise exposure to the elements. Try to catch a break in the rain because no amount of cover will be good enough in severe weather. It's essential to prioritise your dog's comfort and safety and take care of yourself.


Stay in Known Paths: Rain can cause road obstructions and other hazards that could be dangerous. Muddy puddles with unknown water sources might pose a leptospirosis risk. So please keep your dog on lead, don't let them drink dirty water and stay on a known road so you are both safe from hazards.


Dry Off Before Returning Home: When you return from a rainy walk, use a highly absorbent microfibre towel to dry your dog off, paying special attention to their paws, belly, and head. This prevents them from shaking off excess water inside your home. If you have a fluffy dog or are susceptible to cold, dry them with a hair dryer to avoid hypothermia.


Enrichment Activities at Home: While rainy day walks can be quick and short, your dog's exercise doesn't have to be too. You can use indoor play, training and obedience, puzzle toys and other enrichment activities to provide much-needed mental stimulation to your dog.



While walking your dog in the rain can have cons, it is necessary for some dogs. We hope these tips will help to make the rainy day walkies a breeze. Remember that every dog is unique, so adapt these tips to your dog's specific needs and preferences. By taking steps to ensure your dog stays dry and cozy and being mindful of the potential drawbacks, you can make rainy day walks a safe and enjoyable experience for you and your furry friend.

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