Activities For Dogs In California On Rainy Days

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Introduction

Rain or shine, your dog is going to need some activity. Without it, there is a strong possibility your pooch will try and occupy themselves in other ways (like tearing apart your house). So when it rains in California, you may initially have some concerns. After all, if it is raining, just how will you help your dog meet their activity needs? Fortunately, there are a lot of things that you can do with your dog in the state of California when it is raining, ensuring that your keeps busy (and out of trouble), regardless of the weather!

Music Shopping

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Rainy Day
Free
Easy
15 - 60 min
Items needed
Waste Disposal Bags
Leash
Treats
Activity description
When rain is falling in California, it is the perfect time for you and your pup to go music shopping. The two of you can check out Amoeba Music, the largest independent music store in the world. Amoeba music has three locations in California: Hollywood, San Francisco and Berkeley. The store stocks all kinds of music and movies to include top 40, underground rock, hip-hop, soul, electronica, jazz (new and classic), world music, roots music and experimental music. Visitors can check out DVD's and vinyl LPs. The store accepts trade-ins of new and used music, meaning the stock changes on a daily basis. Live performances also take place at Amoeba music. The stores welcome canine customers so when the weather is not the best for outdoor endeavors, bring your pup to check out your favorite music!
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Plan your visit
If spending time at Amoeba Music with your pup sounds like a good idea, start planning your visit. Just how much planning is required will depend on where you and your pup are. If you are in the Bay Area or in the Los Angeles area, you likely won't need to do much planning. In fact, it will be easy enough to visit the shop once you realize that the sky won't be clearing anytime soon. If you are further away, there will be more logistics to figure out as with any out-of-town adventure.
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Head to Amoeba Music
Once you know which store you are visiting and when, encourage your pup to hop in the car and go for a ride. What you will want to have along with you will depend on the length of your drive. You will definitely want to bring your dog's leash, as it will be needed in the store, as well as to ensure their safety on the walk from your car. Waste bags are good to bring along also as your pup may need a bathroom break at some point. Also, bring along some treats; they will make a great distraction if necessary while you and your pup are exploring the music.
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Enjoy the music and the atmosphere
Each Amoeba Music is unique and will offer different items as a result of customers being able to trade in their music. You can enjoy each store's particular offerings, and perhaps even catch a show. Your canine companion will be welcome inside the store and can wander with you as long as you like while you explore the store's selection of music, movies, posters and even books. A trip to Amoeba Music will keep you and your pup occupied for as long as you like.
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Hall Ball

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Rainy Day
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30 min
Items needed
Ball
Activity description

Have a long straight hallway in your house or apartment? If you do, then you are all set up for a game of hall ball! The game is similar to fetch and is perfect for a rainy day in California. All you will need is a ball (tennis ball, baseball, any kind of ball). Accompany your dog to the hallway and give the ball a roll. Chances are that your pup will race right after it and may even bring it back. You can do this over and over until your pup wears themselves out. 

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Engage in the game
No sunshine? No problem! When the day starts out rainy or precipitation creeps up on you, you might have to get creative in order to be sure your dog gets the activity that they need. One of the games that will help your pup get some energy out despite the rainfall is hall ball. Since the game is simple with minimal rules, it is best to have what you need for the game readily available so that you and your pup can jump in. For a successful game of hall ball you don't need much, just a ball and a hall.
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Show your pup the ropes
Once you have your ball ready, find the best hallway in your home and lead your dog to the head of it. Show them the ball and then go ahead and roll it down the hall. Chances are that your pup will run right after it, pick the ball up and bring it back. You can then roll the ball down the hall again. And again.
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Keep it rolling
Keep rolling the ball for as long as you and your pup like. Your canine buddy may need a water break and head for their water dish. Once your dog returns, you can see if they are still interested in the game by rolling the ball down the hall again. Hall ball won't require a ton of energy on your part but it will help your pup get out quite a bit of theirs!
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Tricks Training

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Rainy Day
Free
Normal
10 - 60 min
Items needed
Treats
Information On Training
Activity description
In a place like California, where the weather is often very nice, both you and your pup may find yourselves spending the majority of your time outdoors, rather than spending time inside working on training. When it is raining and those outside activities are less appealing, it is an ideal time to work with your pup on learning new skills and remembering old ones. Not only will you and your pup learn some new things, your pooch will keep busy and the two of you will further enhance your bond with one another.
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Get ready for training
When you realize that the weather is less than ideal for some time outdoors with your pup, think about what tricks or skills you have worked on with your dog and what new things you would like to work on with your pup. You may already have some ideas in mind, or you might want to search online or in a book on dog training. Choose a few new skills that you would like to work on with your pup, as well as a few skills that your dog has previously mastered. And then grab some treats to reward your dog with as encouragement!
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Seek information
While you probably remember how you went about training your pup on the skills that they have that you want to refresh, it is likely you will need some guidance on how to work with your dog on the new skills. Books or the internet will offer you plenty of information that will help you to work with your pup on these new skills. Use whatever resource is most helpful to you. YouTube videos online can be a great way to see the steps involved in working with your dog on a particular new trick. And you can view the clip over and over as questions come up.
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Get started!
It is up to you as to whether you prefer to start with a review of tricks or skills your pup has already mastered or if you want to begin with new ones. For the old ones, you will know what to do and your pup should perform relatively quickly. Make sure to reward your pup with a treat for their effort. With the new tricks, it is likely you will need a lot of patience. Follow along with a video or written instructions and do your best to be positive with your pup, even if they don't seem to be getting a hang of the particular skills. Even when the learning is slow, working on training your pup is an excellent way to spend time together!
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Chill And Try Some Wine

When you are looking for a way to spend time with your dog while staying out of the rain, consider trying some wine. Located in downtown Paso Robles, LXV Winery and Lounge offers a tasting room that is a sensory experience for you and your pup. The lounge walls are a deep blue color and you and your pup can relax on day beds in vibrant colors with plush pillows. While relaxing you can taste different wines and enjoy your surroundings. There are plenty of wineries to enjoy throughout California that welcome dogs; choose one that is conveniently located to you.

Angel City Brewery

When going outside is not an option, check out Angel City Brewery. Dogs are welcome to join their people at this Los Angeles establishment. Check out their craft beer while relaxing with your special friend. Angel City Brewery also offers special events, like a paint night, open mic night and comedy shows. Dogs are welcome throughout with the exception of the brewing area. Your dog must remain on their leash while with you and you will need to clean up after them. Angel City Brewery is a great option for getting your pup out of the house when the weather is less than ideal.

The Original Paw Pleasers

Located in San Diego, the Original Paw Pleasers is the city's first dog bakery. Customers can choose from a full line of treats that are baked fresh and are preservative free. There is even a grain-free line of treats for pups! The establishment bakes all cakes to order (as well as makes ice cream) on site and can make a personalized cake for your pup for any occasion that you wish to celebrate. There is also a boutique that offers toys, leashes, and collars. Geared toward pups, canine and human customers are welcome 

Conclusion

When it is raining in California, you might feel at a loss as far as what to do with your dog. After all, the weather in California is often idyllic. There is no need to fret, however. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to keep your dog (and yourself) occupied on a rainy day in the state, both inside and outside of your home. It turns out that a rainy day offers an opportunity for you and your pooch to discover new things and develop new skills together.