Activities For Dogs In Mississippi On Rainy Days

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Introduction

Rain can get in the way of the outdoor activities that you have planned with your dog, something that can be disappointing for both you and your pup. And of course, your canine pal will still require some activity, for their health as well as to keep them out of trouble. So just how can you and your pup keep busy on a rainy day in Mississippi? It turns out that the state offers some cool indoor opportunities and you can create your own at home as well. There is no need to panic on a rainy day; in fact, a day of inclement weather is an opportunity for you and your pup to try some new things together!

Stage Photos

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Rainy Day
Free
Easy
10 - 60 min
Items needed
Camera
Treats
Props and Costumes of Your Choice
Activity description
On a rainy day, you and your pup can keep busy and have fun staging unique photos, either of your pup or of the two of you together. This will be a great way to make some memories and have some photos to remind you of the daily fun and the special connection that you have. Let your and your pup's personality come out as you decide on costumes and props to use for your photos. Be as silly or as serious as you would like in your photos as you further develop the bond you have with your canine buddy!
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Decide on a theme
If staging photos with your canine companion sounds like fun, you will want to first decide on a theme or two for your photos. When it comes to choosing a theme, the sky is the limit. You can decide on something simple or get as complicated as you like. For example, you can decide on a Beach theme, a Wild West theme, or a Rock Star theme. Whatever you choose, it will be a great opportunity for the personality of your pup to shine.
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Choose props and costumes
Once you have a theme in mind, you will want to choose appropriate props and costumes. Let's say you decided on the "Rock Star" theme, for example. Select some cool shades, find a funky wig or two and grab ahold of a guitar. Get as creative as you like when it comes to deciding on props and costumes for your photos. Be courageous and crazy!
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Photo time
Once you and your pup have the costumes and props that you need for the photos you plan to take, you can get dressed in the items you have found and then help your dog do the same. You can then arrange any props that you have chosen. Once you are ready, either set up your camera on a timer to allow you the opportunity to change your pose or have a friend be ready to take some pictures. Help your pup settle into different positions and take the opportunity to ham it up!
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Search And Sniff

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Rainy Day
Cheap
Easy
10 - 30 min
Items needed
Treats
Activity description
Looking for a way to keep your pup busy on a rainy day? Search and sniff is an easy activity that will keep your pup occupied both physically and mentally. An added bonus is that you can make the search and sniff game as challenging as you choose. The game involves hiding treats throughout your home and then encouraging your pup to sniff and search them out. Start simple, with the treats in plain sight so that your dog gets the hang of the activity. You can then increase the challenge by hiding the treats in more and more difficult places, requiring your pup to hone their nose work skills.
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Introduce the game
While your dog is otherwise engaged or taking a nap, hide some treats that will be easy for them to find. This may mean just placing the treats on the floor or on a low table that your pup can reach. Then, lead your pup to the first treat and encourage them to keep going, using their nose to find other treats placed around your home. This will help your dog get the idea of the game.
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Take it to the next level
Once it seems that your pup has grasped the idea of the game, you can increase the challenge for your pup by making the treats more difficult to find. This will require your pooch to use their strong sense of smell to gain their reward. Not only will they be occupied (and stay out of trouble), you will enjoy watching your pup try to track down the treats. Praise them with a smile and pat when they succeed!
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Keep playing
You can continue the game with your pup for as long as you and they like. One of the best things about the game is that you can control the level of difficulty for your pup. You can make the game as challenging as you would like as well as fit it into the timeframe that you have available. The game can easily be played for just a few minutes between activities, or for a longer period of time.
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Pet Store And Grooming Salon

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

Located in Starkville, Mississippi, Starkville's Pet Store and Grooming Salon is a fun place to visit with your pup and canine customers are always welcome. The store offers supplies for numerous types of animals, including dogs, so your pup can check out potential toys and other items along with you. The establishment also offers grooming options and boarding for your canine companion; why not have your pup get their coat groomed on a day when they have to be indoors? A rainy day is the perfect time for some pampering, as well as to check out what the store offers and either purchase any items that you need or get ideas for future items to purchase for your pup. 

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Plan your visit
If a visit to Starkville's Pet Store and Grooming Salon sounds like a good way to spend some time with your pup on a rainy day, you will first want to decide whether you would like your pup to be groomed. If so, call the salon before your visit, to see if there is a spot available for your pup to receive services. You can then schedule an appointment - be sure to arrive a few minutes prior to the appointment time. You can then do any shopping you had planned on before, during or after your dog's appointment. If you are not planning to have your dog groomed, you can choose a time that best works for you to visit. Be sure to check the shop's hours so that you arrive with enough time to explore the store.
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Prep for fun
You won't need to prepare and pack a lot of gear for the visit to Starkville's Pet Store and Grooming Salon. Your pup will need to be on-leash, so it is imperative, though, that you bring your leash along with your dog. Treats are also good to have on hand, so you can reward your dog when appropriate and distract them if necessary.
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Explore and enjoy
If you have an appointment for grooming for your pup, you will want to bring them early so that you have plenty of time to check your dog in. Doing so will also allow your furry pal to get used to the sights and smells of the salon. While your dog is being groomed, you can enjoy looking for items of interest on your own. When exploring the store with your pup, be sure to keep them on-leash It is also wise to have treats available that can be used as rewards for good behavior.
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Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World

A rainy day is the perfect opportunity to shop for the outdoor gear and sporting goods you have been considering, or to get ideas for future purchases. Just where in Mississippi can you do this with your canine companion? Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World in Pearl, Mississippi welcomes canine customers to accompany their humans in the store. As long as your dog is leashed, they can explore the store with you, checking out all sorts of items for future adventures. Visiting Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World is a great way to not only spend time with your pup, but to get ready for future adventures under clearer skies!

Practice Agility Activities Indoors

Agility activities are often practiced with pups outdoors, where there is more room to run around. But these activities can be brought inside as well, providing the opportunity for your pup to get some mental and physical activity while you spend some quality time together. Choose an agility activity or two to work on inside and then seek out the items that you will need to work on the activity with your pup. Jumps are easy to set up using a hula hoop or PVC pipe for example. Remember to start simple and reward your pup with a treat when they accomplish the task. You can then increase the difficulty of the activity as they get the hang of it.

DiY Doggie Wash, LLC

Perhaps you don't have the space at home to wash your pup easily or hate cleaning up the mess that is made when you bathe your pooch at home. When outdoor activities are not feasible because of rain, you can spend some quality time with your dog completing a necessary task; giving them a bath! DiY Doggie Wash, LLC, located in Hattiesburg, is a self-serve dog wash. You don't need an appointment so on a rainy day you and your pup can just show up and clean up. The establishment has shampoo, conditioner, brushes and dryers available. You will have what you need to bathe and groom your pup. 

Conclusion

A rainy day in Mississippi does not have to mean there is nothing for you and your pup to do together. There are plenty of ways for you and your pup to spend time with one another, whether inside your own home or elsewhere in the state.  It turns out that when it is raining, you have the opportunity to engage in activities with your pup that you have not considered before. With new ideas in mind, you won't have to dread a rainy day in Mississippi; in fact, you can look forward to one!