Rainy days and dogs usually do not mix well. However, if the temperature is mild enough and the rain not too harsh, spending time playing in the rain with your dog would be ideal. However, if you are not too keen on playing in the wet weather, there are plenty of indoor activities you can do with your canine companion to get plenty of exercise and quality bonding time. When rainy days are in the forecast, have a few ideas in mind of fun activities that you can do with your dog to avoid those rainy day blues.
For those rainy days that are more of a gentle rainfall, toss on some comfortable clothes and shoes, gather up some toys and head out in the rain with your dog. Most dogs do not mind getting a little wet, especially when they get to spend quality time with their favorite human. Engage them in a lively game of fetch or tug-o-war while slipping and sliding through the wet grass. Playing in the rain is free and easy, all you need are some water-proof toys, or toys you do not mind getting wet and a can-do attitude. You can easily spend a half hour or so playing games in the backyard or heading to the closest dog park; chances are pretty good that you will have the entire dog park to yourself on a rainy day. Be sure to have plenty of dry towels on hand for you and your pooch when it is time to go inside.
Keep an eye on the forecast and have your invitation list ready for when a rainy day is predicted. You can host an outdoor rainy day playdate where your dog and their furry friends play games out in the rain. You can also host an indoor playdate where everyone gets to stay dry except when your four-legged guests need to use the bathroom. Hosting a playdate is easy and cheap. You just need toys and treats for the dogs and snacks and drinks for their two-legged parents. Set up a designated area in your home where you can contain the chaos and plan on only having a few furry friends over for an hour or so. Your dog will love hanging out with their pals and you can catch up on local news with the other pet parents.
Hall ball is a variation of fetch that can be done indoors down a hallway. Hall ball is generally best for small dogs; however, some larger dogs can also enjoy this activity. Safety should be your first priority and if you have hardwood or other slick flooring, you will want to place pillows at the end of the hallway for a soft landing. Even though the game is called hall ball, you can use any toy that your dog loves to chase; a ball is easiest because it rolls the best. Keep some treats close by as a reward when your dog brings back the toy. Be vigilant while playing hall ball and do not allow your dog to wear out. Give them breaks throughout the game and do not play longer than 30 minutes at a time.
A new trend for dog lovers is indoor dog parks and day spas. Do a little research and see if there happens to be an indoor dog park available for you to visit on rainy days. Some indoor dog parks are just like country clubs for dogs and will require a membership to be able to enjoy their amenities.
Next time there is all-day rain in the forecast, grab your keys and your dog and head to the nearest dog-friendly store. Let your dog enjoy their time in the store and get treats and attention from the staff and other shoppers. While you are there, give them time to pick out a new toy to enjoy.
Rainy days in Tennessee should not be boring, there are plenty of ways to keep your active dog from driving you crazy when stuck inside. When rain is in the forecast, do a little research and prep work so you can keep your dog entertained. It is a little more difficult to entertain a large dog inside, however, there are several interactive toys and chews that will help keep boredom at bay.