Activities For Dogs In Texas On Rainy Days

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Introduction

Whether the weather is warm or cold, a rainy day in Texas can keep you and your pup indoors. You or your pup (or both of you) may not be fans of the rain and want to avoid outdoor activities that will get you both wet. But of course, your pooch will still need to have their activity needs met and being active is good for you too. Fortunately, there are ways to spend time during a rainy day in Texas that will keep your pup busy and out of trouble, and allow for some quality bonding time between the two of you!

Professional Photos

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Rainy Day
Moderate
Easy
1 hr
Items needed
Treats
Leash
Props
Activity description

A rainy day is a great time to do something special with your pooch that will result in a tangible memory to last a lifetime. Located in Galveston, Buster's Old Time Photos is a family owned business who seeks to provide you (and your pup) with an ideal old time photo experience. Quality equipment and photo paper are utilized, so that the result of your visit will last. You and your pup can get decked out in and photographed with props from the past (Wild West, Victorian, Southern Bell, Pirate, Roaring 20's and Steam Punk); resulting in a unique photo of the two of you together!

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Plan the shoot
Perhaps the forecast shows rain to come and you are concerned with how you and your pooch will spend the time. Or you might wake up to a rainy day and know your plans to visit the dog park have been muddied... Fortunately, no appointment is necessary at Buster's Old Time Photos, so you can just head to their location. If you are far from Galveston, some planning may be required to ensure that you get there during operating hours.
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Props are on hand
Fortunately, Buster's Old Time Photos has plenty of costumes and props ready for you, so there is no need to bring your own unless you choose to do so. Make sure you bring your pup's leash, so that you can walk them safely from your car into the building. Treats can also be helpful, as you and the photographer will be trying to get your pooch to "smile' for the camera!
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Unique fun
Once you arrive, you will be able to explore the costumes and props and choose what you would like to wear for your photo. All sizes are available in the costumes, so finding something that fits won't be an issue. Photos are all in black and white, and no makeup is needed. Have fun getting decked out with your pooch and enjoy getting photographed together. The old time attire may feel silly, but it is definitely fun and a unique time to spend with your canine companion. You will enjoy the photo that results from your efforts!
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Indoor Agility Activities

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Rainy Day
Cheap
Normal
1 hr
Items needed
Treats
Water and Bowl
Hula Hoop
PVC Pipe
Kids Tunnel
Activity description
Especially if your dog is active, you might cringe when it is raining. Just how will you be sure your pup gets the activity they need while avoiding getting into (too much) trouble? A great way to physically engage your dog on a rainy day is to practice agility activities indoors. This can includes activities you have previously worked on outside, or new ones that you would like to work on with your pup. Agility challenges will exercise your pup physically and mentally, as well as provide an opportunity for you to spend quality time together!
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Online ideas
If agility activities sound like a good way to spend time with your dog inside on a rainy day, you will first want to decide which ones to work on. If you and your pup have been doing agility work outdoors, you can choose to do the same activity or activities inside. Or you can try something totally different. Jumps are popular activities to work on with dogs, as well as setting up obstacles for your pup to run in and out of. You can get plenty of ideas online and decide what seems best for your pooch. We can suggest using chairs set up together as a tunnel and a low bench to be used as a hurdle.
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Hula hoop and more
Once you know what activity or activities you will work on, you will want to collect the items that you will need. If you have been working with your dog on the activities already, you may be set. Otherwise, this may take a little work. If you plan to work on jumps with your pup for example, you can choose to use PVC pipe, setting it at a low height to begin. Or you can use a hula hoop, that you first have your dog walk through. You can then raise the hula hoop off the ground, creating higher and higher jumps.
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Start simple and reward
Once you have the items that you need and an idea of how you will start, you and your pup are ready for some fun. Make sure you meet your pup where they are as far as skill and experience. Start simple and reward your pup each time they perform the activity. You can then increase the level of difficulty and allow your fun-loving pal to get comfortable with the increased challenge. Make sure to reward your pooch with a treat each time they perform the activity. As your dog further develops their skills, you can link several agility activities together, creating an agility course!
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Heiman Ranch Dog Boarding

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Rainy Day
Moderate
Easy
1 - 3 hrs
Items needed
Leash
Water and Bowl
Treats
Activity description

Heiman Ranch Dog Boarding, located in Rosharon, Texas, includes both indoor and outdoor facilities. On a rainy day in Texas, treat your pup to some indoor fun with a visit to the Doggie Day Ranch. In addition to their outside play yards, the Ranch has an indoor climate controlled play area where your pup can engage in indoor activities. All breeds and sizes of dogs can visit the ranch. Your dog will be evaluated by staff to make sure that they have the temperament and social skills to enjoy participating in the Ranch play groups. Individual play time is also available.  Make sure to call or email ahead to reserve your spot as availability is limited.

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Plan your dog's "vacation"
Does a day at Heiman Ranch Dog Boarding's Doggie Day Ranch sound like a great way for your canine companion to spend a rainy day? If so, you will want to plan a visit for your pup with as much notice as possible. If rain is in the forecast for the next few days, call ahead and schedule a time for your pup to be able to spend some time. If you call on the day that you are looking to bring your dog, there may or may not be an opening. Make sure to discuss the evaluation of your pup that is necessary for them to participate in the play groups, so that you know if that should be done ahead of time.
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Decide what to bring
Once you have some time scheduled for your pup at Heiman Ranch Dog Boarding for your pup, you will want to decide what to bring. Fortunately, you won't have to bring much. Your pup will need their leash so that you can escort them inside safely. Other than that, you can choose what else to bring based on how long your pup will be there and their particular temperament. Your pup may want one of their own toys and treats with them when away from home, or it may not be important to your particular dog.
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New experiences
Once you have everything you would like your dog to have along with them, you and your pup can head to Heiman Ranch Dog Boarding's Doggie Day Ranch. Make sure to arrive at the time that you had scheduled.and provide any necessary information, like vaccination records, if you have not already done so. If your pup has not already been evaluated for participation in the play groups, this may be the time to do so. Whether your dog has time on their own or in a group, they will have the opportunity to run and play in the indoor play area, regardless of how much rain is coming down outside! You will return to a tired pup who has had a new experience!
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More Fun Ideas...

Canine Cookie Company

Who doesn't enjoy a rainy day snack? Your dog included! Located in McKinney, Texas, the Canine Cookie Company is known for all-natural cookies and cakes-for canines! Only ingredients fit for humans are used and there are no artificial flavors, colors or preservatives, so you can feel good about what you are feeding your dog. Treats are baked inside the shop, ensuring that they are the freshest possible. The treats are healthy, low calorie, and yummy! While the company has been selling items wholesale in and around north Texas since 2005, they opened their retail location in 2010. A rainy day is the perfect time for you and your pooch to spend some time there, checking out their treats as well as other merchandise like dog toys and accessories and dog items for their humans!

Luke's Locker

Some indoor shopping is a good option for you and your pup when it is raining, and fortunately, some stores are happy to welcome canine customers. Located in Ft. Worth, Luke's Locker offers good values for the running and fitness community. The store sells shoes, clothing and accessories and also offers training programs. Your dog is welcome to join you while you shop, just keep them on their leash. You and your pop can spend time together while checking out items of interest. A visit to Luke's Locker is a good opportunity to find and purchase items you can use in nicer outdoor weather!

Visit Collector's Gallery

Located in Galveston, Texas, Collectors Gallery is a cooperative antique and collectible mall that includes 52 separate booths. There is something for everyone; you can find art, collectibles, antiques, furnishings and unique gifts. On a rainy day, you and your pup can take some time to explore the many unique wares available in the mall. Whether you are looking for items to purchase, or just browsing, you and your pup can take advantage of some quality time together as you roam around the gallery. Your dog must be on leash during their visit; be sure to bring some treats along with you!

Conclusion

A rainy day in Texas does not have to equal a boring day for you and your pup. While a walk may not be your best option on such a day, there are plenty of opportunities for your dog to get the activity they need, either with you or on their own. Take advantage of a rainy day to do some shopping you have been meaning to or to pick out a treat for your special pooch. For active dogs that MUST have some exercise, there are ways that you can engage together without getting wet, or your pooch can have a special day to themselves!