Activities For Dogs In New Mexico On Rainy Days

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Introduction

Unlike other states, New Mexico does not get a lot of rain. Because of that, when it rains in the state, some folks may choose to go outside and enjoy the precipitation, rather than stay inside and remain dry. If being outdoors in the rain is not appealing to you and your pup, regardless of it being an unusual occurrence, you will likely be seeking ways to keep your dog occupied. Fortunately, there are numerous things you and your pup can engage in that will keep your pooch busy (and out of trouble) and help further develop your bond with one another.

International UFO Museum

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Rainy Day
Cheap
Easy
2 hrs
Items needed
Leash
Treats
Activity description
Located in Roswell, the International UFO Museum and Research Center makes a unique destination for you and your pup when it is raining in New Mexico. Located in Roswell, the museum is open seven days a week and welcomes pups that are well-behaved. The museum is a nonprofit corporation that was created to inform the public about what is now known as "The Roswell Incident". Dedicated to collecting and preserving materials and information about the Roswell incident in 1947 as well as unexplained phenomena that are related to UFO research, you can enjoy spending time with your canine companion while learning more about The Roswell Incident and UFO studies.

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Plan your trip
How much planning will need to go into a trip to the International UFO Museum and Research Center will depend on where you are coming from. If coming from far away from Roswell, you might want to plan to stay overnight so that you can be sure to have enough time to spend at the museum and even explore the quirky city. Fortunately, the museum is open seven days a week, making it an option for you and your pup any day that you choose.
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Get packing
What you will need for your visit will depend in part on how far you are coming from. If you are close the museum, you will only need to bring your dog's leash and possibly some treats in order to reward them for good behavior. If you are coming from a longer distance, you might want to bring additional items, particularly if you are planning to spend the night in the area.
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Explore the museum
Once you arrive at the museum, it is time to explore and learn! The museum aims to gather and distribute the most qualified and up-to-date information on UFO's available and you can access this information during your visit. While you learn, you can spend quality time with your pup and keep them occupied. Remember that Roswell offers other UFO attractions should you be interested in seeing more!
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Indoor Agility

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Rainy Day
Cheap
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1 hr
Items needed
PVC Pipe
Hula Hoop
Kiddie Tunnel
Treats
Activity description
Agility activities are a great way to challenge your dog both physically and mentally. An added bonus is that you can design activities to meet your pup's skill level and increase the difficulty when your pup is ready. Just because it is raining, does not mean that you can't work on agility skills with your canine companion; just bring the activities indoors! You can choose the activity or activities that you want to work on with your pup and get started. Not only will the two of your be busy, spending time together on the activities will further develop your relationship!
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Choose a task
To get started, you will want to choose an agility activity or two to work on with your pup. You may already have some ideas in mind, or you can go online and research different options. Remember that whichever activity or activities you choose, you will want to start simple and increase the difficulty only as your pup becomes comfortable.
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Collect agility items
Once you know what activities you would like to set up for your pooch, its time to find the items you will need to prepare the course. For example, if you want to work on jumps with your pup, you can get a hula hoop, or some PVC pipe. Another use for PVC pipe is to create obstacles for your pooch to weave through. A kiddie tunnel is also a great option; your pup can run in and out of it as many times as they like.
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Set up And get started
Now go ahead and set up an agility activity and begin working with your energetic pal. Start with the basics; for example, put the hula hoop on the ground and encourage your dog to step through it. Once they step through it, reward your pup with a treat and have them do it again. You can slowly raise the hula hoop until your pup is jumping through it, rewarding them each time they complete it. Once your dog has gained confidence in more than one agility activity, you can create an agility course especially for your pooch, adding additional activities for an increased challenge.
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Hide And Seek

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Rainy Day
Free
Easy
30 min
Items needed
Treats
Activity description
Hide and seek is not just fun for kids; your dog will also enjoy trying to find you and will particularly love earning a treat as a reward! Even if it is raining, you and your canine companion can still enjoy playing this game; you will just have to move it inside. Fortunately, this will give you a chance to find new places to hide and for your pooch to find you. And when your pooch is getting too good at tracking you down, go ahead and add an extra challenge and have a friend (or two) hide as well!
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Get ready to play
The game of hide and seek is beautiful in its simplicity. Getting ready to play won't require much. Be sure to have some treats on hand so that you can reward your pal for finding you. Then, choose a spot where your dog will "stay" while you go and hide. If your pup is not good at following the command to "stay", include a friend in your game who will hang on to your pup while you go and hide.
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Hide and find
Once you have told your dog to "stay", go ahead and hide wherever you would like in your home. Of course, you will want to make sure that your dog will be able to hear you when you call for them after hiding. Once you are hidden, call out for your pup. If a friend is keeping your dog from running after you, this is the sign to let your dog go and find you. When you are "found", be sure to reward your pup with a treat!
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Play and repeat
Once your dog has found you, you can repeat the process. Have your dog "stay" while you hide. When your dog gets the hang of how the game works, you can add an additional element to the game to keep things challenging by having another person hide as well and then having your pooch seek both of you. Ultimately, you can add as many friends as you would like. Another variation of the game involves hiding your pup's favorite toy and having them track it down.
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Shop At The Antique Specialty Mall

Located in Albuquerque, The Antique Specialty Mall has 17,000 square feet of antiques and collectibles for you to take a look at during your visit. As long as your pup is leashed, they are welcome to join you as you browse the mall. Your pup will not only enjoy spending time with you while you shop, but will appreciate the treats and water that are available to canine customers. They may even make a few new friends. Even if you are not looking to make any purchases, the Antique Specialty Mall has many unique items that will be fun to check out.

Check Out The Andrew Smith Gallery

New Mexico is known for its clear blue skies. On a day when the skies are gray, you and your pooch can explore some art together. The Andrew Smith Gallery, located in Santa Fe, has fine art photography on display. Your pup is welcome to join you while you check out work by Ansel Adams,  Annie Leibovitz, Lee Friedlander and others. The gallery is located in a historic Victorian Home and offers an excellent way for you and your pup to spend time together out of the rain.

Visit Bookworks

When it is raining, it is tempting to relax on the couch with a good book. With that in mind, why not go out and find just the right book to read? On a rainy day in New Mexico, take your pup on a trip to Bookworks, an independent, pet-friendly bookstore in Albuquerque. The store offers a wide selection of titles to consider and you can browse while spending time with your canine companion. After you choose a book, take it home and enjoy some snuggle time with your best buddy while listening to the rain falling.

Conclusion

A rare rainy day in New Mexico is no problem for you and your canine companion. If you are not interested in frolicking in the rain with your pup, you will find that there are plenty of ways for the two of you to spend time together. You and your pooch will be able to enjoy one another's company and your dog will have the chance to expend some energy, while the two of you explore and engage in new things. Rather than dread the rain, worrying about how you will occupy your pup, you can be pleased with its arrival in the desert.