Activities For Dogs In Indiana On Rainy Days

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Introduction

Let's face it; when it is raining it can be tempting to give up on any sort of activity for you and your pup, and spend the day in front of the tv. Your dog still needs some activity, however, and some movement will benefit you as well. Fortunately, rainy days in Indiana do not mean that you and your pup are limited to being couch potatoes. In fact, there are plenty of ways that you and your pup can spend the day in Indiana when it is raining where your pup's activity needs will be met and the two of you will have the opportunity to spend quality time with one another.

French Lick Scenic Railway

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Rainy Day
Moderate
Easy
1 - 2 hrs
Items needed
Treats
Leash
Waste Bags
Activity description

A rainy day does not have to keep you from exploring! Located in French Lick, Indiana is the French Lick Scenic Railway. Together, you and your pup can embark on a 20 mile round trip ride on a historic train that will take you through parts of the Hoosier National Forest, the Burton Tunnel and limestone formations on the way to Cuzco, where you can exit the train and buy a snack before making the return trip. Dogs are welcome aboard on regular train tours as long as they are on-leash and well-behaved. Enjoy the scenery and learn some history, regardless of the weather!

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Plan your visit
First, you will want to plan your visit. How much planning you have to do will depend on where you are in relation to French Lick. The French Lick Scenic Railway has its schedule online on its website, making it easy to see what times the train is running. You can purchase tickets online as well. If you are coming from a significant distance, make sure to leave enough time to arrive at the station to look around before boarding. The depot and gift shop are open two hours prior to the train's scheduled departure.
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Prepare for the fun
What you will need for your visit will depend in part on how far you are traveling. A few things that you will need include your dog's leash, waste bags and treats. Bring along your camera, as you will find plenty that you would like to take a picture of during your adventure, including your dog riding on the historic train.
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Enjoy the journey
Upon arriving at the depot, if you have not purchased your ticket online, you can purchase one in person. Take the time to explore the depot as well as the gift shop. You may find something unique to purchase to remind you of your journey through history. When it is time, you and your pup can get onboard the train. Keep your pup close by and respect the space of other passengers on the train. Then, sit back, relax and watch the scenery go by while enjoying the companionship of your very special canine buddy.
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Painting With Your Pooch

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Rainy Day
Moderate
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1 - 2 hrs
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Leash
Treats
Waste Bags
Activity description
If you enjoy a little (or big) art project, a rainy day may be the perfect time for you to indulge in your hobby. At Paint The Towne, located in Richmond, Indiana, your pup is welcome to join you while you paint pottery or on canvas. This paint-your-own-art studio has over 400 pieces from which to choose (including bowls, plates, mugs and decorative items) and offers classes on canvas, clay and glass. While you paint, your pup can relax at your side, perhaps helping to inspire your work and making new friends.
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Plan to paint!
Paint the Towne is open from 10 am to 7 pm Monday through Saturday. On Sundays, you can make an appointment for a group of eight or more. Planning for some painting time won't require much effort on your part, though if you are coming from a long distance, you will want to be sure that you arrive with enough time to finish your project!
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Preparing for painting time
Not much is needed for a visit to Paint the Towne, though if you are coming from a long distance you might want to bring snacks along for yourself along with extra treats for your canine companion. Make sure that you bring your dog's leash as well as waste bags so that you can clean up after your pup as needed. As mentioned, treats will be essential to have on hand to reward your pup for good behavior as well as to provide distraction when necessary!
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Relax and paint
Upon arriving at Paint the Towne, you can choose what piece or canvas you would lie to paint. The shop even has wine available for purchase. Once you have chosen what you plan to paint, sit down and relax with your pup by your side. A trip to Paint the Towne will get you out of the house on a rainy day and is the perfect opportunity to do something that you enjoy while spending time with your dog.
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Hide And Seek

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Rainy Day
Free
Easy
10 - 30 min
Items needed
Treats
Activity description

You may have played hide-and-seek with your pup outside on a nice day. When it is raining, it can feel like such a game is not an option. It turns out that you and your pup can play hide and seek INSIDE when the rain is coming down. The game is no different than its outdoor version and is something most pups can engage in regardless of their energy level. Hide and seek, whether inside or outside, will allow your pup to expend some energy while spending time with their favorite person! You will enjoy some laughs while you are at it.

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Command and play
Playing hide and seek, whether indoors or outdoors, is typically pretty simple. If your pup is good at "staying" on command, you will have no trouble playing this game. If "stay" is a work in progress, include another friend in the game that can keep your pup back while you hide. Aside from possibly needing someone to hold your pup back, you will want to have dog treats available so that you can reward your pup for finding you.
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Set things in motion
To get started, encourage your dog to "stay" or have a friend hold your pup back. Then, go ahead and hide where you choose. You can then call for your pup, who will have to seek you out. Once your pup finds you, reward them with a treat. You can then bring your pooch back to the spot where they were told to "stay" last time. Tell your pup to "stay" and find another place to hide. Once you have hidden, you can call for your pup again.
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Keep playing...and add a twist
You can continue the game for as long as you (and your pup) like. After multiple rounds of the game, when you are confident your pup has caught on, go ahead and add an additional challenge for your pooch; have a second person hide! Your pup can then find both of you. As your pup further develops their skills, you can continue to make the game more challenging for them in order to keep things interesting.
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More Fun Ideas...

Visit Switchyard Brewing Company

Found in downtown Bloomington, Switchyard Brewing Company is a dog-friendly brewery that welcomes leashed dogs who are house-trained inside the taproom (with the exception of from 7 pm to close on Thursday, Friday and Saturday). In addition to beer, the Switchyard Brewing Company offers wine, craft sodas, coffee, pastries, cookies, hot pockets, frozen cheeseburgers, burritos and soups. There is even a food truck outside the taproom with additional food options. When it is raining outside, it is the perfect opportunity for you and your pup to spend time together at the Switchyard Brewing Company!

Stock Up On Treats At Bone Appetite Bakery

Running low on treats? You may not mind that or a rainy day when you can visit Bone Appetite Bakery. This unique establishment in Nashville, Indiana not only welcomes dogs, but caters to them too. Your pup can try free samples and will find that there is always water available to drink. Check out more than 20 flavors of premium natural dog treats that include grain free and gluten free options. Your pup will surely appreciate the chance to spend time with their favorite person while acquiring some appealing food items from Bone Appetite Bakery!

Check Out Moochie And Company

Located in Carmel, Indiana, Moochie & Co. is a store that can make you and your pup look forward to rainy days! The shop has all sorts of items for dogs and cats, to include treats, apparel and accessories. Shop for a new collar for your pup with a matching lead, high-end bedding or a carrier for your pup that has been approved for air travel. The store has a variety of toys that are perfect for your pup as well as some fashionable clothing items you can dress your pooch in. Moochie & Co. even offers items for humans!

Conclusion

There will definitely be some rainy days in Indiana; fortunately, storm clouds do not have to limit you and your pup's fun. In fact, a rainy day can lead to all sorts of new favorite activities for the two of you. Your pup can enjoy accompanying you on a shopping trip or a historical train ride among other things. And with a little creativity, you and your pup can get some exercise without having to leave your dry abode if you prefer to stay in. There is no need to fret on a rainy day in Indiana; opportunities for new adventures await both of you!