Activities For Dogs In Utah On Rainy Days

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Introduction

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! 

Staircase Chase

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Rainy Day
Free
Normal
10 - 15 min
Items needed
Staircase
ball
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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!

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Claim your perch
The first stage of this canine rainy day fun time is for you to decide where on the stairs you want to make your perch. Make certain to take the ball with you, or you will have to make an additional trek up and down the stairs yourself. Choose your locale based on the age and fitness level of your dog. Now get comfy, because that’s going to be your resting place for the duration of the game!
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Throw the ball
Ask your dog to come, then to sit at the foot of the stairs. You can either throw the ball directly to your dog while asking them to “Catch” the ball, or you can throw it into the neighboring room for them to chase. When your dog has obtained possession of the ball, you then use a command for them to return the ball to you. Some owners use the word “Return” while others like “Come” or “Give.” Choose a word that has meaning to your dog and stay consistent with it.
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Repeat the fun
Once your dog has retrieved the ball and returned it to you, you can then ask them to resume the correct position at the bottom of the stairs. Then, simply repeat Steps 1 and 2. If you have chosen a set of stairs that are particularly long or steep, you may find that your dog tires before the allotted 10 or 15 minutes are up. If so, you can certainly shorten the game. Alternatively, maybe your pup is having so much fun that they don’t want to quit! The beauty of Staircase Chase is you can make the game as long or as short as you like. Common sense and Buddy’s fatigue level can be your guide.
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Road Trip

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Any Day
Moderate
Easy
10 - 120 min
Items needed
Water and Bowl
Leash
Activity description

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? 

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A safe adventure
Every great adventure must start with safety first. Getting Buddy to the car in one piece is best accomplished with a leash. Once your pal is securely connected to the leash, you can then take them and place them in your vehicle. Some dog owners make use of doggy seatbelts or other forms of restraint to ensure their travel companion remains safe. If this is something you also employ, now is the time to get Buddy safely situated. Make certain your dog has a good view because taking in the sights is half the fun!
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Rev up your engine
Once Buddy is securely settled in your car, it’s time to hit the open road. Whether you have chosen to go wherever the wind takes you or to follow a carefully crafted plan, it’s now time to crank up the tunes and sit back and enjoy the ride. You may choose to roll the windows down just a bit so that your pup can enjoy the fresh air.
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Enjoy the view
Once your drive has commenced, it’s now time to enjoy the beauty that surrounds you. Take time to enjoy some country roads and feel free to stop as often as you like to just sit and contemplate the beauty of nature. Don’t forget to give Buddy a drink of water now and again. All that excitement panting is bound to make a boy thirsty!
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Share the Love

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Any Day
Free
Easy
10 - 60 min
Items needed
Leash
Activity description

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!

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Make a plan
Since not all long term care facilities permit dogs and others have strict policies regarding who is allowed in and when, it is best to contact the home you are considering visiting to gain permission. Armed with this information, you are now ready to determine where you will visit and how long you will stay. Remember that elderly people tire quickly, so it is best to plan a short visit but with the intent to return again soon.
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Leash up!
Once you have determined which facility you and Buddy will visit, it’s time to leash up and head out for the car. Once Buddy is securely situated in your vehicle, your trip to the nursing home can begin. The beauty of Share the Love is your dog gets to do two of their favorite things in the same day—take a car ride AND meet new people!
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Make new friends
When bringing a dog into a facility, it is always wise to speak to the facility’s front office staff to ascertain which residents would really benefit from a visit from Buddy. They will know best which people are dog lovers and those who could use a little extra TLC. Always bear in mind that some people do not love dogs and others still are afraid of them, so it is best to stick to only the people recommended by the staff. Also take care that Buddy does not jump up on people as elderly people can be fragile.
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Take Time to Train

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.

Doggy Brain Games

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! 

Conclusion

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!