Activities For Dogs In Oklahoma On Rainy Days

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Introduction

Unlike many states that see much of their rainfall in the form of spring showers, Oklahoma gets its most significant precipitation in three of its five hottest months: May, June and September (as well as October). For those who aren't excited to get out in the rain, it can often feel like it ruins a perfectly good summer or late fall day, but it doesn't have to be that way! From a simple sprinkle to a total downpour, the Sooner State offers plenty of rainy day activities if you know where to look and we're here to help you find them.

Already Wet Sports

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Rainy Day
Moderate
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1 - 3 hrs
Items needed
Dog Bags
Leash
Doggy Life Jacket
Towels
Treats
Activity description
Oklahoma can have particularly brutal summer heat and without a ton of natural shade, people out enjoying themselves are often at the mercy of direct sunlight, especially those on the water, who also deal with reflecting rays. But then again, if you're the adventurous type, you can actually avoid both. By choosing to book a dog-friendly water sports trip on a rainy day, you'll avoid direct sunlight, the day will be cooler, and hey, you're already on and in the water, so chances are you're not going to get any wetter than you would otherwise! As long as there's no lightning and the weather isn't too harsh, rainy days can be perfect for this kind of activity.
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Find and book
While many outdoor sports companies are dog-friendly, there are still ones that aren't, so you'll want to start by finding one close by and canine compatible - one of our favorites is Boathouse District in Oklahoma City, but you can find others as well. You can look online to find rates, but we recommend you call ahead to see if there are any weight or size restrictions for dogs if yours is particularly large. The staff may even be able to provide extra insight beforehand given your dog's size and personality. Once you find an appropriate time, book it. Just make sure to keep the rental short if they've never gone before in case they're not a fan. And don't forget to ask if they have a doggy life jacket the right size. If not, you'll have to buy one yourself - which is easy enough and another great rainy day activity anyway.
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Test the waters
Rainy days won't be the easiest days for first-timers (dogs), but if you've deemed them capable, it's always worth a shot. Once you arrive, check in, then get yourself and your dog secured in their floatation device. When you're ready, it's time to introduce them to the paddle board. Make sure to start slow and ensure that they are comfortable and stable. If need be, try climbing on yourself first so you can stabilize it as they climb on (and show them it's okay). Some dogs will prefer it in reverse, as they like to get settled first, but you'll know your dog and be able to gauge their comfort as you go. Use treats liberally if need be, just make sure they're comfortable before you go or you both might take an early spill.
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(Doggy) paddle away
Once you see they are settled and comfortable, you can get out on the open water! Double check the weather before you depart to make sure there's no lightning, but otherwise, you can paddle and swim to your heart's content! If they prove that they do well with this kind of activity (especially in uglier weather), chances are they'll be up for even more rainy day adventures (let alone others).
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Ruff House

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Rainy Day
Moderate
Normal
1 - 2 hrs
Items needed
Leash
Dog Bags
Vaccination Records
Activity description
Sometimes it's just too messy or harsh to get outside, no matter how hardy you are, which can be a real issue for those who need consistent exercise (or have the propensity for boredom). If any of these scenarios are the case, consider finding yourself the saving grace of all weather conditions: an indoor dog park. While there have been training facilities and other indoor spaces in Oklahoma before, Annie's Ruff House is the first to take it big. They offer thousands of square feet of play space in a perfectly climate-controlled environment - and they even offer comfortable boarding as well. So if you need a moderately-priced way to beat the rain that won't take much more than a few steps, this is the best way to go. And if it takes off, rest assured plenty more will soon follow.
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Paper hoops
Of course, joining in on this activity means you have to be within a reasonable proximity. Luckily, Annie's is near the middle of the state, meaning it's rarely more than 3 hours from anywhere within the state borders (minus the handle), so even the most desperate of dog parents won't be excluded - plus, a drive is another good rainy day activity. Before anything else, you'll want to get in contact with the staff and find out how to send your dog's vaccination records over and how long they take to process. Chances are they can be sent by fax or email, but it's always better to get that part done before driving all that way to find out it takes a day to process regardless.
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Demeanor test
You'll also want to inquire about the demeanor test, which is also required for dog park use. If you're far away, they may make an exception and allow it to happen the day you plan to visit, but call ahead and get all details first. The demeanor test itself is a lengthy appointment in which the staff is introduced to your dog, allowed to interact with them, show them around the facility and see how they handle the other dogs, the staff as a whole and the facility itself. It may be required that they receive a full day or appointment for this alone, but don't be discouraged. Once you/they pass the test, you'll have a great rainy day option with far fewer hoops to jump through.
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Go play!
Once you've gotten all of your paperwork filed and the demeanor test handled, it's time to play! Take advantage of the time and space to tire them out and make new human and canine companions. Plus, if you need daycare or boarding down the road, you can always inquire about that as well.
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Oklahoma City Tour de Jour

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Rainy Day
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1 - 4 hrs
Items needed
Leash
Dog Bags
Umbrella/Raincoats
Towels
Activity description
While many people are hesitant to take their dog out of the house on rainy days for fear of mud, stink or just plain having nothing to do, we encourage you to ignore all that and take a rainy afternoon (or morning or evening) to yourselves and enjoy. The best way to do so is to do a dog-friendly city tour. While there are plenty of places to go, Oklahoma City has the most dog-friendly spots in the state, which makes it the perfect option. There are places to eat, shop and pamper them (and yourselves), so putting together a mini tour will keep you entertained for hours all at a cost you're comfortable with and without compromising time you could be outdoors on a nicer day.
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Prep work
Before you hit the town, you'll first want to outline all of the dog-friendly places you're interested in visiting. For those who appreciate shopping, there are plenty of chain stores from outdoor or sports spots like Bass Pro Shops to clothing stores and even Barnes and Noble. Of course, we couldn't forget all the doggy boutiques and pet store too, so you can pamper your pooch with some new toys, treats or food as well. There are also dog-friendly restaurants with covered patios to keep you out of the rain and even canine compatible hotels to stay at if the drive home is too far. Make a list of the places you're interested in going.
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Lay it out
Once you've identified some good places to stop, including calling to find out which of the tastiest looking stops have covered seating on their outdoor patios, map out a route that favors short walks (hence the umbrella) but doesn't leave you stuck in the rain too long. Check out an hourly weather report to see when the rain is lightest and aim to be walking outside at those times, while you reserve indoor shopping for the heaviest downpours.
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Hit the streets
Once you've laid everything out, grab your dog and supplies and hit the road. If you're tech-savvy, download a weather app to your phone to stay on top of the rain so you can be dynamic and change your plans to accommodate the shifts in precipitation and wind. If it threatens to get too heavy, make an outdoors store your first stop and grab yourselves a pair of raincoats. More than anything else, have fun! As long as the weather holds or doesn't get too nasty, you'll have hours of entertainment with your dog, get good exercise and forever more say goodbye to staying stuck at home inside!
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Road Trip

Okay, so Oklahoma might not have a ton of big cities, but it is top notch for roadside attractions. Grab your dog, an umbrella and a camera and hit the road. Check out places like the 66-foot neon soda bottle, the Blue Whale of Catoosa, the Playtower, the Spiro Mounds, classic Route 66 stops, the Totem Pole Park, the World's Largest Peanut or even the Praying Hands. Need we say more? You'll stay comfortable and dry on the drive and get the chance to explore even in a downpour.

Rainy Hike

If the rain is light enough or you have enough gear to stay comfortable and dry (or just don't mind getting wet), take a hike or walk anyway! Rain helps keep the dust and heat down and it provides some pretty beautiful views once it saturates the landscape, views you won't see on your average sunny day.

Conclusion

While Oklahoma isn't often high on the list of places to visit, especially during the rain, we hope we've proven that it has more to offer than what meets the eye. For travelers and residents alike, Oklahoma is a fantastic place to soak up some culture, have some adventures and see things you won't see anywhere else in the world, all of it at your fingertips, so even when the rain starts to fall, your spirits surely won't.