Activities For Dogs In Hawaii On Rainy Days

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Introduction

While Hawaii is regularly known for its gorgeous year-round weather, beaches, and sunny skies, many seem to forget that it is also one of the wettest states in the U.S., as it receives more rainfall than nearly any other. Because of it, that leaves quite a few days out of the year where residents and visitors don't get to enjoy the spoils of nice weather (although when it's that warm it's hard to argue that it's not still "nice"). Regardless, although the rain may change your potential plans, it shouldn't ruin your fun entirely, as there are still lots of ways to enjoy yourself, even if your puppy parade may end up getting a little wet (though most water-friendly breeds don't really mind).

Scenic drive

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Rainy Day
Cheap
Normal
20 - 120 min
Items needed
Dog-friendly harness
Activity description
Okay, so it's raining outside. You don't want to get too wet but you want something to do. Why not go for a drive? Out of most states, Hawaii has some of the most beautiful landscapes around, and what better way to take it all in than with a drive? Each of the chain's main islands have at least a few different routes to take and span everything from oceanside drives to crawls up nearby mountains and everything in between, leaving plenty of opportunities to grab your pooch and hit the road. Of course, you'll want to be safe since the roads will be a bit slicker, but if you're careful, you can get some great entertainment out of the experience with very little cost outside of gas. It's easy to do, takes little outside of a vehicle and a harness, and can last as long as your gas tank.
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Plan your trip
A drive in the rain can be as simple as you want to make it, but for anyone who will be driving more than 15 to 20 minutes, it might make the most sense to plan ahead. For the sake of ease, we recommend sticking to whatever island you are on so as not to complicate things with inter-island transport and fees. Do some research and figure out what kinds of things you'd like to see (rolling hills, mountains, ocean), then figure out which roads you can take to see everything and how long they are so you can make sure to have an appropriate amount of gas. If you'd really like to prepare thoroughly, check the weather and try to avoid areas with the harshest rain/weather to ensure your safety, or maybe even plan to find the first place the rain will pass so you can enjoy some sunshine after your rainy drive.
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Saddle up
Despite the classic image of the dog with its head out the window, Hawaii actually has a few laws on traveling with your dog that most don't know about. It's recommended that you at least harness your dog to the seatbelt unless you plan to risk additional danger and a ticket to boot. Getting caught with a dog on your lap can run $97 while having one unharnessed/loose in the car can still cost you $57. But even harnessed (and possibly with the help of a dog-specific booster seat), your dog should still be able to enjoy seeing out the windows and may not want to have their head out there anyway, given the rain. Once you've got them strapped in and your course set, get on the road! If you're feeling extra adventurous pack a rain coat and a waterproof camera cover so you can stop and get some great pictures that few others choose to capture (most seem to prefer the beaming sunlight).
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Vacation Rental

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Rainy Day
Expensive
Easy
12 - 24 hrs
Items needed
Leash
Internet-accessible device
Activity description
This may not apply as much to those who are just visiting, but it will most certainly apply to anyone who is a resident of one of the Hawaiian Islands. Many people feel trapped inside their own homes when it rains, mostly because going out almost guarantees that they'll get wet or that roads are less safe. But many also get bored because they are just plain bored of their living space, which is where renting a vacation spot, even just for a night, comes in handy. Although it's certainly not cheap, it can provide a nice change of pace, including access to amenities some may not have in their home, such as hot tubs, board games, and even covered patios, which are perfect havens on a rainy day. Many rentals like those on Airbnb are dog-friendly, and giving yourself and your pooch a new place to hang out could be the perfect remedy to the rainy day blues.
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Pick your place
The first step in picking the right place is finding amenities that will keep you entertained. If you want to cook out (yes, even in the rain), look for a place with a covered grill. If you want to listen to music or sit on a patio, look for somewhere with a covered outdoor space, possibly one that could double as a small play space for you and your canine companion. Make sure it's not too far (although the road trip is another entertaining time-killer activity you can do in the rain) and within your price range, then find somewhere that is available and takes same-day check-ins. Once you do, book it and pack whatever supplies you'll need for the next 12-24 hours.
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Get there and enjoy
Like in the first activity, try to enjoy your drive over. In the car you can take in the sights at your own speed (barring getting in the way of other drivers), and eat up a little time while you wait for the rain to eventually pass. Once you arrive at your new destination, you can unpack and settle in, then dive into whatever piqued your interest in the first place, even if it's as simple as plopping a dog bed on the floor of a covered patio and listening to the rain with your dog. Even the most regular things can seem more exciting or fun in a new place (and if they didn't, half of vacationers probably wouldn't go in the first place), so take advantage of having some options and find a cool new place to hang out for a day.
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Rain Swim

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Rainy Day
Free
Easy
10 - 90 min
Items needed
Swim suit
Towels
Ball
Activity description
Just because it's raining outside doesn't mean you can't be out there as well. In fact, in Hawaii, even on rainy days, the temperature is still considerably higher than most other places in the United States, making it far more tolerable to be outside when wetness is just wetness and not also coldness. So why not also go for a swim? As long as there aren't menacing winds or lightning in the area, you're already going to be wet from swimming, which means the rain will bother you that much less. All you have to do is leave a towel in the car instead and as long as you have a dog that doesn't mind getting wet, you should be good to go. Most plastic-based dog toys are already water proof, which means you can transfer your games from the sand to the surf and be able to enjoy both equally, even without the sunshine. After all, it's as easy as can be, cheap, and chances are you won't have to fight off other beachgoers for prime real estate!
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Quick research
Going to the beach in the rain is not necessarily a multi-step process, but it should be noted that you'll want to get some basic information beforehand. First, check to make sure the weather is safe for you and your dog. Rain can sometimes mean winds and lightning, so you'll want to make sure no warnings have been issued or lightning spotted. You should also look into what potentially dangerous animals are abundant in certain areas, as rain significantly reduces surface visibility in and around the water. Finally, check to make sure your dog is okay with the rain. There's nothing like traveling to a beach to find out your dog just wants to sit in the dry car!
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Get out in it
Once you've done your safety checks and picked a location, get on over there! If you drive, make sure to leave your towels in the car so you have a good place to dry off. Otherwise, hit the sands and have fun as you normally would (okay, outside of sun bathing or pumping your stereo, unless it's waterproof).
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Shopping Trip

Hawaii boasts plenty of indoor/outdoor markets that are dog-friendly, which gives you an excuse to walk them and something to do at the same time. Plus, if you find new dog toys, treats, or food, you'll have the perfect tester right by your side!

Dog-friendly Bar or Restaurant

Hawaii has loads of dog-friendly places to eat and drink, complete with outdoor patios with at least some semblance of shade or rain cover. Even if you don't want to fully get outside, at least you can get some good eats instead!

Conclusion

While rainy days in Hawaii are significantly warmer and nicer than most other places, getting stuck with them can still sometimes be a drag, especially if they infringe on any pre-made plans. But hopefully with this guide, you can find some fun and interesting alternate ways to enjoy being outside anyway. After all, while you may not have the sun, you can still have some fun!