Though April showers may bring May flowers, your dog isn’t quite so fond of rainy days. Still, any moment in the company of their favorite person is time well spent as far as they are concerned, even if it has to take place in the rain. Though Utah receives relatively little rain in a year, it’s still a wise idea to have a plan in place for something fun to do with your best canine pal on a rainy day. Even if the weather outside seems dark and gloomy, your outlook doesn’t have to be! Some of the most fun and creative ideas are borne when Plan A has been thwarted due to bad weather. With a little planning and a spirit of adventure, the next rainy day could be the most fun time you and Buddy have ever had!
If your dog needs to burn off some energy but is cooped up on a rainy day, a ball could turn out to be their very best friend! But a ball on its own is not all that much fun. Couple it with their favorite person and a set of stairs, and you’ve just turned a dreary, wet day into a party! This rainy day activity helps to engage both your dog’s brain and their body, a winning combination. Maintaining appropriate levels of physical activity and mental stimulation is important to keep all dogs happy and healthy. Best of all, a rousing game of Staircase Chase means that you can shave a few minutes off your gym time tonight as it’s great exercise for you as well. While a game of ball requires little explanation, Staircase Chase adds a little “twist” to increase activity levels and maintain your dog’s interest for a prolonged period of time. Since fitness does play a role in this rainy day exercise, you can modify the game to suit your dog’s activity level. Instead of using the entire staircase, you can have your dog retrieve the ball and bring it up only a few stairs. For older dogs, you can simply play the game on level ground. The beauty of Staircase Chase is it can be modified so that any dog can enjoy it. So long as you have access to a ball and a set of stairs, you can hunker down and have a good time!
Who doesn’t love a scenic drive? If it’s just a misty day or light sprinkling of rain, it might be the perfect day for a road trip. Sometimes a change of scenery and the opportunity to get out of the house is just what the doctor ordered. Many dogs enjoy going for car rides with their families. Rain, sun, snow, wind, or whatever else may come, hitting the open road is a great remedy to chase away the blues! Best of all; since you are the master of your own road trip, you can tailor it to fit your desires and budget. All you need is some gas and a vehicle, and you’re off to the races! While taking a car ride doesn’t provide much physical activity, it gives your dog something that is even more important to them. It enriches their mental capacity by giving them new and interesting sights to behold. Their brain races with the excitement of what they might spot just outside the car’s windows, and their enthusiasm is almost impossible to contain. For added benefit, why not stop for an ice cream or other favorite snack for you and Buddy to share? What bond isn’t increased when there is yummy food involved?
You cherish your role as Buddy’s main squeeze and enjoy being the recipient of your dog's affection. But, there are lots of people who could benefit from some time spent with your favorite canine pal too, and with how much your dog loves people, it would seem they have a few kisses to spare. Many people in nursing homes suffer from loneliness. For some residents in long term care facilities, their families live far away and are unable to visit as often as they would like. For others, their families have passed on, leaving them as the sole family member in the area. Since dogs are social animals and crave opportunities for human interaction, a visit to a nursing home is a natural fit. Your friendly dog gets the opportunity to share their love and bring a smile to the faces of people in need of an emotional “lift.” What could be better on a rainy day? Taking your furry pal to the nursing home provides them with a mild amount of physical activity which is always better than none at all. But it very positively affects their emotional well-being. This is one rainy day job with tremendous benefits not only for Buddy as the giver but also for the people who receive your dog's enthusiastic affectionate kisses. While nursing home visits could be scheduled during any type of weather, rainy days seem to cast a negative spell on even the most positive of people, and a visit from Buddy gives the residents in the nursing home something to look forward to. Your pup's visit provides a bright spot in an otherwise dreary day. A win-win for Buddy and the new found pals!
Does your dog love to learn new things? Rainy days provide a great opportunity to refresh some old skills and tackle a new trick or two. The internet offers many different videos which teach how to introduce a new skill to your dog. For best results, make sure you’re well-stocked with Buddy’s favorite treats! Keep training sessions short in order to maximize Buddy’s interest.
Believe it or not, games that exercise your dog’s brain are every bit as
tiring as taking them for a long run. Stock up on interactive toys or puzzle
games that you can pull out to help keep them engaged on rainy days. Buddy will
thank you for it!
Rainy days don’t have to get you and Buddy down! There are many fun things you can do when the weather just doesn’t want to play nice. Best of all, both you and Buddy get to explore your creative juices and find new things to do together. Next time it rains, grab your favorite canine friend and take off on an adventure you will never forget!