Activities For Dogs In Iowa On Rainy Days

1k Views
0 Comments
0 Votes

Introduction

It can be easy to feel discouraged on a rainy day in Iowa. After all, your outside activities are limited (unless you want to get wet) and you may be concerned about how your pup will get their activity needs met. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways for you and your dog to be active together when it is raining in Iowa, some of which won't require either of you leaving your home. Not only will you and your pup have fun, your pooch will keep active and you will further enhance the bond you have with one another.

Spa Day

Popular
0 Votes
Rainy Day
Moderate
Easy
30 - 120 min
Items needed
Leash
Treats
Activity description
Humans are not the only ones who can enjoy an afternoon of pampering at a salon. On a rainy day, why not treat your pup to a trip to the spa? When it comes to places where your pooch can get pampered, Iowa has options available throughout the state. Choose a spa or salon near you and take your pup for one or more of available services, like a warm bath, hair cut, ear cleaning or nail trimming. Your canine companion will appreciate the attention from caring professionals who seek to make the visit a good one.
Step
1
Choose a spa or salon
If some grooming for your dog sounds good to you on a rainy day in Iowa, you will first want to choose a spa or salon to set up an appointment. The state offers a number of options; there is Yuppy Puppy Salon and Spa, which serves the Eastern Iowa Corridor from Cedar Rapids to Iowa City, Bark n' Bubble Dog Spa in Cedar Rapids, Kanine Klips Grooming and Spa in Marshalltown and Shear Pawfection Pet Spa in West Des Moines among others. Pick the location that works best for you.
Step
2
Mani-pedi
You can look online to find out what services each spa or salon offers or call the location directly. If you are looking for a same-day appointment, calling may be best so that you can find out whether there is availability for a particular service. Choose the pampering session that you would like for your dog and make an appointment. Will it be a mani-pedi? A trim of their luxurious locks? Whatever the chosen service, your pup is sure to look their best!
Step
3
Special attention
Once you have an appointment set, you can bring your pooch to the spa or salon at the set time. Make sure to bring their leash so that you can walk them safely from your car to the spa. Bringing along some of their favorite treats can also be helpful, particularly among pets that may be nervous in a new environment. Once you check-in, your dog will be ready for an experience! Depending on what services your pup will be receiving, you can decide to wait on site or get some other things done while your pup is pampered!
Love this activity?

Bass Pro Shops

Popular
0 Votes
Rainy Day
Free
Easy
30 - 60 min
Items needed
Leash
Treats
Waste Bags
Activity description
A rainy day in Iowa may be the ideal time to check out some items you have been considering purchasing for some future fun with your pup. Whether you are planning to browse or buy, Bass Pro Shops will welcome you and your pup to explore. With several locations in the state, you can choose a store close to you and check out all that they have to offer. Bass Pro Shops offers items for fishing, boating, camping, hunting and more. If the rain is keeping you from being outdoors, spending the time at Bass Pro Shops will help you get ready for clear days to come!
Step
1
Decide on the location
If browsing the wares of Bass Pro Shops sounds like a good way for you and your canine companion to spend some time on a rainy day, you will first want to choose a location nearby. In Iowa, there are stores in Altoona and Council Bluffs that will welcome both human and canine customers. Are you certain that your pup will be comfortable in this environment? You can always take them to a few small shops for the experience before the Bass Pro Shops day.
Step
2
Treats for the road
Depending on where you are in Iowa, a trip to Bass Pro Shops may require some driving. What you will want to bring with you will likely depend on how long you will be in the car. Your pup will likely appreciate some treats for the road and they will also be a good distraction for your pup while inside the store. Make sure to bring along some water as well as some waste bags for any business your dog needs to do during the drive. It is also necessary to bring your dog's leash, as they will need to be on-leash while in the store.
Step
3
Explore and browse
Upon arriving at Bass Pro Shops, you and your leashed pup can enter and begin exploring all that the store offers. If you have particular items in mind to purchase, you can easily find them in the well-organized store. Whether or not you have some purchases you know that you want to make, you and your pup can enjoy some time browsing the store and seeing all that it has to offer. This is a great way to get ideas for future outdoor adventures for you and your pup!
Love this activity?

Indoor Hide And Seek

Popular
0 Votes
Rainy Day
Free
Easy
30 min
Items needed
Treats
Activity description
Trying to come up with a way for your dog to be active indoors? Try a game of hide and seek! The game is simple and can easily be played inside your home. An added bonus is that as your pup gets the hang of the game, you can make things a little more challenging, say by having more than one person hide or by hiding objects that are interesting to your pup. Hide and seek will keep your pup busy and out of trouble while allowing for the opportunity for you to spend time together!
Step
1
Understanding "stay"
If your dog already understands the command "stay", then you are good to go. If your dog has not mastered "stay" you can start by working with them on understanding the command. If it seems that learning to stay is a long term project for your pup, you can also include a friend in the game who will hold your pup's collar while you hide, and who will then release your pup when it is time to find you.
Step
2
Search time
While your pup is staying in one place, you can find a suitable hiding spot. Once you have hidden, call for your pup. When your pup manages to track you down, make sure to reward your clever canine detective with a treat and some happy verbal praise. You can then repeat the game as many times as you would like.
Step
3
Taking it to the next level
As your dog gets comfortable finding you throughout the house, you can go ahead and make things a little more challenging for your pooch to keep it interesting. For example, you can have a friend or two hide in a different place from you, and encourage your dog to find everyone. You can also hide a favorite toy or one filled with treats, and have your pup track it down. Play for as long as you like and continue to reward your pup with small, healthy treats for their efforts!
Love this activity?

More Fun Ideas...

Puzzle Toy Play Time

Puzzle toys are great for keeping your pup mentally and physically engaged. Typically made of hard plastic or rubber, there are a variety of types of puzzle toys; you can choose one or try multiple kinds to see what is most interesting to your pooch. The toy can typically be filled with treats, kibble or something sticky and tasty, like peanut butter. Your pup will then work to access the food item. The toy will likely require that your pup manipulate it in just the right way in order to obtain their "prize". Not only will a puzzle toy keep your pup occupied, you will enjoy watching your dog as they attempt to solve the puzzle.

River Lights Bookstore in Dubuque

On a rainy day, it can be appealing to lounge on your couch with a good book to read. Since it is likely both you and your dog can benefit from some time away from home even when it is raining, before settling in, visit River Lights Bookstore to choose just the right book to read. Located in downtown Dubuque, the store welcomes canine customers to join their humans. You can browse the myriad of titles that the store has available until you find one that is just what you are looking for. You and your pup can hang out at the store or head home to relax together with your new book!

Visit Boneapatreat

On a rainy day in Iowa, Boneapatreat is a great place to visit. Located in Des Moines, this pet supply store welcomes both human and canine customers. You and your pup can browse the many products the store offers and the store's knowledgeable staff will answer any questions that you have about their products or your dog's needs. Visit the store for future ideas or to purchase items that you need for your pup. During your visit to the store, you are likely to run into other customers and their pups, offering an opportunity for your dog to socialize while you shop.

Conclusion

A rainy day in Iowa does not have to mean that you and your pup are out of luck when it comes to having fun. There are plenty of opportunities for you and your pal to spend time together, some of which don't even require you to leave the house. Your canine companion will be able to get their activity needs met,  while also enjoying some quality time with their favorite person...you!  Don't let rain cloud the day for you or your dog and use the time to explore new places and engage in different activities!