Activities For Dogs In Colorado On Rainy Days

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Introduction

The state of Colorado offers a variety of weather. While it is easy to be active with your dog on a beautiful day, it can feel a little more challenging when it is raining. Some dogs (and people) don't enjoy getting wet and a wet dog can often mean a muddy dog. Fortunately, there are plenty of things that you can do with your canine companion when you are facing a rainy day in Colorado, both inside and outside of the home you share. Neither you nor your pup will have to worry about being bored on a rainy day in Colorado.

Board the Train

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Rainy Day
Moderate
Easy
45 min
Items needed
Leash
Treats
Waste Bags
Activity description
Located in Cripple Creek, Colorado, is the Cripple Creek and Victor Narrow Gauge  Railroad. Your pup is welcome to join you aboard the train for no cost beyond your ticket. You and your canine companion will experience a ride on a steam locomotive that is a century old, while also learning about the history of the gold-mining area. Even in the rain, the scenery will be beautiful. Your pup must be well-behaved to ride on the train and must remain on leash. This is a great opportunity for you and your pup to spend time together while trying something new and even taking in some history!
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Plan your ride
How much planning is necessary will depend on how far away you are from Cripple Creek, a town located west of Colorado Springs. If you are not far away, you can easily decide to take a ride; a train leaves every 40 minutes from the depot. You and your pup can get a ticket and hop aboard. If you are further away, a bit more planning may be involved, however even with a longer drive, you merely need to show up to enjoy this activity.
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Pack for fun
In addition to not requiring much planning, this activity does not require that you bring a lot of things with you. Make sure you have your pup's leash so that you can ensure that they can get from the car to the train safely. Your pup will also need to be on leash during the train ride. Waste bags are key so that you can clean up any mess that your pup makes. And don't forget some treats! They can be helpful to distract your dog if necessary or to reward your pooch for good behavior.
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All aboard
Once on board, you and your pup can sit back, relax and enjoy the ride. The old steam engine will produce smoke and you will hear the sounds of steam and working steel, while you view the area's beautiful scenery. In a sense, you are embarking on a trip back in time, getting a taste of the experience of the miners who rode the Midland Terminal roadbed years ago.
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Brewery Exploration

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Rainy Day
Moderate
Easy
2 hrs
Items needed
Leash
Waste Bags
Treats
Activity description

There is no need to stay home on a rainy day in Colorado. Instead, enjoy a beer tasting with your canine companion at your side. Crazy Mountain Brewing Company, located in Edwards, Colorado, offers tastings seven days a week. The establishment does not serve food; however, you are welcome to bring food with you or order from an area restaurant. Several brewery dogs reside on the property, so your pup must be with you at all times and on leash for their safety. You and your pup can chill out together in the tasting room and you can try one of the year-round or seasonal hand-crafted beers offered by the brewery.

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Take a drive
Not much planning is necessary to visit Crazy Mountain Brewing Company, making it an excellent option for a rainy day. After all, sometimes the rain can be unexpected and you are faced with having to come up with something to do on the fly. Enjoying this activity is simple; put your pup in the car and get in yourself and head on over! Tours are available; however, your pup cannot join the tour. Bring a friend who can chill with your pup while you enjoy a short tour of the brewery and then you can trade places.
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A few essentials
You won't need to bring much on your visit to Crazy Mountain Brewing Company. It is necessary to have your dog's leash and some waste bags, and it is a good idea to bring treats for your pup. Other than that, you can choose to bring along some food for you to enjoy with your beer if you desire. Since it is raining, you will probably not want to use the grill that the brewery offers for visitors who want to cook their own food; unless of course, you bring an umbrella!
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Time to chill
Upon arriving at the Crazy Mountain Brewing Company, keep your pup with your for their safety; remember, that there are several brewery dogs on the property! You and your pup can head straight to the tasting room where you can sample the beers the brewery offers, while enjoying some quality time with your canine companion. A trip to the Crazy Mountain Brewing Company is a great way to enjoy the rain without getting wet!
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Indoor Agility

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Rainy Day
Cheap
Normal
20 - 120 min
Items needed
PVC Pipe
Hula Hoop
Kids Tunnel
Treats
Activity description
With mountains and parks throughout the state, Colorado offers plenty of outdoor activities to keep dogs in the state active. Of course, when it is raining, dog's will still need some activity, which may require that you get creative. A great way for you to help your dog expend some energy is to set up agility activities for them to participate in; when it is raining, you can set these activities up indoors! You can start with one activity and keep it simple, increasing the difficulty as your pup accomplishes the task. As your pooch masters several agility activities, you can put them together to create a personalized agility course for your pet. Not only will this keep your pup mentally and physically active, it is a great opportunity for you to spend time together!
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Consider the course
First, think about what agility activities you would like to create for your pup, and then what you will need to get these activities set up. Jumps are a popular agility activity for example, and PVC pipes are great for setting up jumps for your pup that can be increased in height. Another option for jumps is a hula hoop. Collect the items that you will need for the activities that you plan to set up and make sure you have some treats for your hard-working pooch!
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Start training
Choose one activity to start with and get it set up. An easy activity for your pup to get started with is jumping through a hula hoop. Stand the hula hoop up on the ground and encourage your pup to walk through it. Once your pooch appears comfortable with that, raise the hula hoop slightly off the ground and encourage them to walk through it. Keep raising the hula hoop so that eventually, your pup is jumping through it. Be sure to reward your pooch with a treat each time they go through the hoop. Once your dog has shown they are comfortable with this activity, choose another and work with your pup on that activity.
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Create the course
Once your pup has shown confidence in a few agility activities, you can create an agility course for your pal. Start by putting two activities together, having your pup complete one and then the second back to back. Once your pup has that down, you can add a third activity and so on. As your dog gains confidence, you can even mix up the order of things to keep it challenging for them. Continue until you and your pup are ready for a break.
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Present Your Pup With A Puzzle Toy

A puzzle toy is a great option for exercising your pup physically and mentally. And on a rainy day, this is a great way to keep your pooch busy! These toys are made of rubber or hard plastic and provide a place to put food or treats. Your pup then has to manipulate the toy is such a way as to get the treats or food to come out through a hole or holes in the toy. Not only will this keep your pup busy, it will provide you with some entertainment as you watch your pooch try to figure out just how to access what is inside!

Stop At McGuckin Hardware

There are two reasons to visit McGuckin Hardware; you need to do some shopping or your dog is looking to socialize (and acquire treats). Located in Boulder, McGuckin Hardware offers a large variety of merchandise, including a vast selection of healthy food and treats. Staff at the store are friendly and welcome human and canine customers. Your pup will enjoy looking around the store for treats, often available in the pockets of store staff. McGuckin Hardware offers a great opportunity for your pup to be busy and socialize, despite the rainy weather. And you can even get your shopping done.

Visit Ouray Dog Company

Located in Ouray, Colorado, the Ouray Dog Company is a fun shop in a beautiful place; the town is surrounded by mountains. If you are nearby on a rainy day, it is a great opportunity for you and your pup to check out the shop together. The store offers dog food, treats, toys, collars, leashes and harnesses, as well as gifts and art. Dog boarding is also available if you are seeking a little down time for your pup on a rainy day. The Ouray Dog Company is open every day except for Wednesdays and human and canine customers are welcome! 

Conclusion

While a rainy day in Colorado may thwart your plans for some outdoor adventures with your pooch, it does not mean that the two of you will be bored. There are activities that you and your pup can enjoy together at home that will help your pup meet their activity needs, and the two of you can also visit some interesting places throughout the state that will keep both of you out of trouble. In addition to being able to keep busy, you and your pooch will also have the opportunity to spend time together and further enhance your relationship!