Activities For Dogs In Kentucky On Rainy Days

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Introduction

Some people look forward to rainy days. These are the days when you can curl up on the couch with a good book or watch a movie. Kentucky seems to have its fair share of rainy days and when you have a four-legged kid at home, keeping them entertained during these days can seem daunting. However, some dogs have no problem being out in the rain and would love to spend some time playing in the yard in the middle of a downpour. Other dogs may not be so enthused about having to step foot outdoors if it is raining. Keep a list of rainy day activities handy so you can be ready during the next wet spell in Kentucky. 

Play in the Rain

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Rainy Day
Free
Easy
30 min
Items needed
Toys
Rain
Dry Towels
Activity description

Rainy days in Kentucky can be a frequent occurrence, especially in the spring. Your dog will probably hate being cooped up in the house during rainy days, so you will want to find activities that they love. If your dog loves water, chances are they will love spending time racing around the yard in a rain shower. Next time it rains, step outside with your dog and engage them in a game of fetch or hide and seek. They will love spending time with you and the wet play time will be refreshing. Put some dry towels by the back door before you head outside so you can both dry off when play time is over. This is a free and easy activity for you and your dog. Be safe when playing in the rain and do not go outside if it is storming and lightning is present. 

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Get ready
When rain is in the forecast, start getting ready for some fun in rain with your dog. Gather some toys that you do not mind getting wet or muddy and put them by the door. Put some dry towels by the back door for when you come in from playing in the rain. Your dog may not be too keen on heading out in the rain, but once they see you have toys and treats, they just might find the exercise exciting and enjoy spending time playing in the rain.
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Enjoy your shower
Get out in the rain and laugh. You will feel better and your dog will love spending quality time with you. Play fetch or tug-o-war with your dog. You can even play hide and seek. Just like with children, any time you spend with your dog is making memories that will last a lifetime. Be safe when playing in the rain, do not go out when it is storming and also avoid getting a chill. Only play in the rain on warm days. This will keep you and your dog from getting sick from your outdoor shower.
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Clean up
Once you and your dog are done playing in the rain, you will need to collect all the toys and clean up your yard. Put the wet and muddy toys in a bag or box to keep them from dripping all over your house. Towel dry your dog before letting them into your home and then dry yourself off and change into dry clothing. Put toweling and washable toys into the washer and go sit down and put your feet up!
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Indoor Dog Park

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Any Day
Moderate
Easy
1 hr
Items needed
Collar
Leash
Treats
Activity description

In Louisville, Kentucky there is an indoor dog park as a part of the Pet Station Country Club. If you are near the Louisville area, this is a great option for rainy days. Your dog can enjoy the indoor dog park that is laid with special K9 grass that has been designed for dogs. This place is heated and cooled and provides plenty of open space for dogs to run and play. There is even specialized pet playground equipment for your dog to enjoy. Membership fees to the Pet Station Country Club will apply but this is a great way to enjoy your rainy day without getting soaked.

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Research dog parks
For people living near Louisville, Kentucky, there is an indoor dog park for your dog to enjoy during nasty, wet weather. This is a great option to keep them dry and comfortable while they get to run and play with other dogs. It is also a great way for you to meet new people and enjoy watching your dog being silly with their new friends. Hop online and research other indoor dog parks in your area and have a list ready to go when the weather turns rainy.
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Plan your trip
Once you have found an indoor dog park and it is raining outside; take some time to plan your trip. Bring along a collapsible water bowl so your dog does not have to drink out of the community dog bowl. Pack some snacks for you and some treats for you. If you are safety conscious you will probably bring a first aid kit along in case there is an accident while out.
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Enjoy the day
The most important thing to remember when visiting an indoor dog park with your dog is to have fun. Introduce yourself to the other dog parents and get to know them while your dog makes new friends. Plan on spending about an hour at the dog park but keep a watch on your dog. If they seem to be getting tired or irritated, it is time to head home. Too much of a good thing can happen and you can always visit again another day.
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Spa Day

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Any Day
Moderate
Normal
1 hr
Items needed
Shampoo/Conditioner
Nail Clippers
Nail File
Nail Polish
Hair Accessories
Activity description

Doggy spas are becoming popular across the United States and instead of a day at the dog groomer, your dog can experience V.I.P. treatment at a doggy spa. Doggy spas, however, can be pricey. If your dog is well-behaved and enjoys being pampered, you can have a spa day at home. When the weather turns rainy in Kentucky, have the items on hand to spend time pampering your pooch just like they would get at the doggy spa. Sweet smelling shampoos and hydrating conditioners should be used when bathing your dog. Add some fun hair accessories when styling their fur. A pedicure will be in order to complete their spa day. A splash of color on their toenails will be a fun way to finish the day. After they have been pampered, let them relax while you pamper yourself to a luxurious bath as well. 

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Shop for necessities
You probably do not keep all the necessary items on hand for a successful spa day with your dog. When rainy weather is in the forecast, take the time to shop for all the things you will need to pamper your pet. While shopping, you may want to pick up a few special treats for your dog that they will love.
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Set up the spa
Pick a room that is easy to clean after you are finished pampering your dog. A large bathroom would be ideal. Set out the items you plan to use, put the shampoo and conditioner near the bathtub for easy reach, and place some dry towels nearby for after their bath. Put their hair accessories and brushes near their grooming table. If you are planning to include a pedicure, have the nail clippers, file and polish close by so you do not have to leave your dog alone on the grooming table.
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Pamper your pooch
This is not simply a bath and blow dry kind of day. This is a spa day that is to be relished. Do not rush through their bath; follow the instructions on the shampoo and conditioner to ensure your dog’s coat is shiny and clean. Some dogs may not appreciate a bath or having their nails filed; take the time to comfort them. You may even want to include a doggy massage throughout the spa time to help your dog relax.
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Go Shopping

When it is raining outside you just do not want to do much, however, this is the perfect time to take your dog on a shopping trip. Visit a specialty pet store and let your dog browse through the selection of toys and treats. Let them pick a new toy to take home and treat them to a snack while you are out. 

Trick Training

Trick training can be done anywhere; therefore, it is an excellent activity for a rainy day in Kentucky. Have plenty of treats on hand and start small. A simple handshake is easy to teach and once your dog learns to shake your hand, you can teach them other fun tricks. Your friends will be amazed that your dog can perform tricks.

Conclusion

A rainy day does not mean you are stuck in the house with nothing to do. Your dog will enjoy spending time with you no matter the activity you choose. Spending time out in the rain is ideal for dogs that love water; however, your dog may not think that being in the rain is a fun time. For dogs that prefer to stay dry, there are plenty of activities that will keep them out of the rain but also keep them entertained.