Activities For Dogs In Montana On Rainy Days

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Introduction

Montana is Big Sky Country, known for seemingly endless days of bluebird skies and long stretches of daylight. Even in Big Sky country dog owners have to contend with rainy days that leave their active pups indoors. What do you do with an energetic mountain dog when the sun is blocked by rain clouds? These owners have come up with clever activities for dogs in Montana on rainy days, that leave their pups happy, tired, and ready to play outside again on the next sunny day.

Puppy Play Date

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Rainy Day
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1 hr
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Rope Toys
Balls
Other toys
Activity description
Rainy days are a great excuse for Montana dog owners to get together and let their dogs wrestle and play until they are tired out. A good old fashion play date is one of the best activities for dogs in Montana on rainy days because not only do the dogs learn important social skills but they also expend all their energy while their owners get to talk and catch up. Playing tug-of-war, king of the mountain, and plenty of running and wrestling mean the dogs don't even miss their time running and playing in the mountains. When everyone goes home they'll sleep like they hiked the biggest mountain in Montana.
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Find the location
Even though the play date is an indoor activity, you want to make sure the dogs have plenty of space to run without knocking over items or running into anything dangerous. If you are hosting the play date, make sure to pick a spacious room like a great room or basement and clear out any lamps, tables or artwork that could get ruined. A playroom or garage is a great place to start.
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Stockpile toys
You want to make sure you have plenty of interactive toys the dogs can play with together. Rope toys are excellent for playing tug-of-war and are hard to destroy. They usually stand up to some ferocious tugging. Balls they can chase and pounce on work well too. If your pup has a favorite stuffed animal, make sure to hide it away so that it won't get damaged during the romp. Toys that are made from sturdy materials like Montana-based West Paw Design's Zogoflex are an excellent choice for dog play dates.
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Watch the play
Not only do Montana dog owners get to catch up with friends during these rainy day play dates, but they also get the bonus of watching their goofy dogs play. Though it's fun to watch them pounce and run and wrestle, there is also another reason to keep an eye on playing pooches. Sometimes dog play can get heated and turn into an argument. While it's a good idea to let them settle a small tiff on their own, you need to be there in case they escalate into more. Sometimes a fight over a ball can turn into a big vet bill, so it's important to notice their behavior and stop them before it gets out of hand.
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Find It

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Rainy Day
Free
Easy
30 min
Items needed
Treats
favorite toy
Activity description
Many Montana dogs are breeds meant to be outside, following their noses to help their owners hunt, track, or even search for lost people. One of the best activities for dogs in Montana on rainy days is to put their noses to the test for a game of "find it." In this game, you hide a favorite toy in a room or in various parts of the house. When you tell your pup to "find it" they have to use their nose to search out the toy. This game challenges to use their brain and will certainly tire them out before you know it.
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Teach the command
The first thing you want to do it teach the command. It's best to use a favorite toy that has plenty of scent on it. Make them sit and stay then show your dog the toy and put it a little bit away from them. Tell them to "find it" and when they do, give them praise and a treat. Keep practicing by putting the toy a little farther away or hidden behind a chair, but let them watch you place the toy there. After several times you'll be ready to play.
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Hide the toy
Now that your dog knows the command, it's time to hide the toy out of their view. Start with an easy spot, maybe in the open on the other side of the room or partially sticking out from under a chair. When you are ready, bring them to the room and say "find it." Your dog should start using their nose to search for the toy. When they find it, give them lots of praise, let them play with it for a few minutes before you take it to hide it again.
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Up the challenge
When your dog starts finding the toy easily, start hiding it in more difficult places. Put it in a laundry basket they have to reach into, hide it in a different room, get creative. If your dog has a very sensitive nose, you can drag the toy along the floor to leave a scent trail for the dog. Get creative and have fun. The challenge of searching for the toy is the perfect way to tire out your dog on a rainy Montana Day.
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New Trick

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Rainy Day
Free
Normal
30 min
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Treats
Clicker
Trick book
Activity description
It's never too late to teach an old dog new tricks, and rainy days in Montana are the perfect time to work with your dog on new skills. Spring and Fall often see plenty of precipitation, but finding activities for dogs in Montana on rainy days doesn't have to be a challenge. Pick up a dog trick training guide from your local bookstore and start teaching your dog tricks they can show off at your next BBQ. Whether you start with the standard "roll over" or "high five" or move on to more difficult tricks like playing basketball with you, you'll find plenty of time and motivation on rainy Montana days.
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Learn the basics
Before you can start teaching your dog new tricks, they need to have a solid foundation in basic obedience. Learning how to "sit" "stay" "come" and "lay down" aren't just important commands to use in everyday life. Basic obedience teaches your dog how to learn and you how to lead. If you haven't yet, invest in a good dog training course, so you know how to work with your dog, and your dog learns to work with you.
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Pick a trick
Pick your first trick to work on. Find one that is right at your dog's ability level. If you've just finished basic obedience, then choose something more straightforward like "shake" or "high five." Whatever you choose, be sure to break it down into easy steps and give clear praise and direction. You want your dog to feel confident and easily move through each step without getting bored.
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Put on a show
Take your time and don't train the trick for more than 30 minutes at a time. Depending on your dog and the difficulty of the trick, you could be ready to put on a show for friends and family before the rain stops and the sun comes out. After a few rainy day training sessions, you'll be able to put on a show for friends and family. Your dog will love the mental exercise and all the attention.
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Run in the Rain

Montana dog owners are tough, but their dogs are usually tougher. Many don't mind the rain at all and will be happy to splash through puddles with you for a muddy romp.

Head to the Bar

It's not uncommon to see dogs in bars in many parts of Montana. Call up your local establishment to see if they allow friendly pooches and bring them along for a refreshing outing. You might even treat them to a special alcohol-free beer for dogs.

Conclusion

When the weather gets stormy in the Big Sky State, dog owners get creative. There are almost as many fun activities for dogs in Montana on rainy days as there are ideas for sunny days. Though most dogs in the state are active mountain dogs, they all enjoy a little down time once and a while. Your dog can easily be entertained by indoor activities as outdoor ones, and they will still be happy to curl up on the couch with you when the day is over. Whether it's finding the right indoor games or enlisting active companions, your dog will be more than happy with any idea you come up with.