Activities For Dogs In Wisconsin On Rainy Days

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Introduction

Rain, rain, go away, come again another day... Wait, no! Never mind! Who are we kidding? We can still have fun when it's raining, whether we choose to stay hunkered down indoors or if we're confident enough to brave the weather. If we can take the snow, we can take the rain! Whatever you decide to do with your pooch, there are certainly plenty of things you can still do with them, even if the weather isn't ideal - which is a common condition in Wisconsin. So instead of feeling trapped, consider it an opportunity to get that much more acquainted with your pet, for as long as you both have the creativity and patience to try, you can have fun either wet or dry!

Wet Fetch

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Rainy Day
Free
Easy
5 - 30 min
Items needed
Fetch-able ball or toy
Rain Jacket
Towels
Activity description
Most people are used to thinking that rainy days mean you have to be stuck indoors, but with a few supplies and willpower, you can still have fun outside - just ask the people of Seattle! Wisconsin gets a fair amount of rain, but given the seasons in which it's regularly received, it's not always reserved for cold days. In fact, there are plenty of warm days where the rain feels as refreshing as a cool shower. Because of it, you can take regular activities, like a game of fetch, and turn it into a wetter, sloppier version that is just as entertaining, if not more so. As long as your dog likes water and doesn't mind the rain, wet fetch is a free, easy, and variable activity that can be played for as long as you can both withstand the rain.
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Prepare for wetness
If it's warm enough, you may not need a rain coat, but it's almost always advised just in case a cold breeze decides to accompany it at some point - the cold/wet combo is an easy way to get sick! Don your raincoat and grab a few towels to leave just inside so you don't have a wet, stinky dog shaking all over your house, as well as their favorite fetch-able toy, preferably one that's water-proof.
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Play away
Once you get outside and into the rain, check the overall temperature and keep it in mind as you play, as you don't want your dog to get too cold and wet. Find a good open space where they're unlikely to slide into something potentially dangerous, as well as a spot you won't mind getting a little roughed up in the rain, as the more you play, the more you'll disturb the yard. Once you've found a good spot, toss away! Many dogs that enjoy water and sliding will find a great thrill in the extra challenge of sliding around on the wet ground. It's extra exercise, compounded by the extra weight they'll carry with more water in or on their coat.
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Clean up
Once you've completed your rousing round of wet fetch, get them to the door and dry them off with the towels you left there. Depending on how muddy they've gotten, it might also be a good idea to give them a bath. Chances are, if they don't mind being wet outside, they'll be less inclined to argue with bath time, and it works as a great excuse to try!
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Puzzle Toys

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Rainy Day
Moderate
Easy
5 - 30 min
Items needed
Puzzle Toy
Treats
Timer
Activity description
Not all rainy days in Wisconsin are warm ones, let alone pleasant enough to be outdoors, especially if they're accompanied by rain, thunder, or lightning. The hardest part of being indoors for many dogs is the lack of mental stimulation, as there are far fewer squirrels to watch/chase, noises to hear, and scents to follow. Because of it, puzzle games are a great way to keep them entertained and increase their overall brain power. Most dog owners already know where their dog's skills are strongest, which generally makes picking a puzzle game easier, but for those who don't you can always do a bit of trial and error. It may cost a bit more, but there are plenty of secondhand markets to re-sell them if they don't work (or you can always return them to most larger stores if your dog isn't interested). Puzzle games come at only a modest cost, can often be repeated, take up a fair amount of time, and give your dog a fair amount of mental stimulation.
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Pick a toy
Picking a proper puzzle toy is as easy as hopping online and doing some basic research. Most toys are accompanied by pictures, videos, and descriptions that will help give you an idea of what type of puzzles they are and what types of problem solving they will take to solve, so you can cater to your dog's strengths. Once you find one you like, call your local pet shops and find someone who carries one or something similar.
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Fetch it
Once you've found it, head over to your local pet shop to pick it up with or without your dog. If they need extra stimulation and something to do, bring them with you! Showing it to them before buying may help you gauge whether or not it will interest them, plus it's a relatively dry way to spend some time in the process.
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Load it and leave it
Once you've gotten the puzzle toy home, load it up with treats as per the instructions and see if your dog can figure it out. Many dogs will enjoy the challenge and may work quickly, while others may take significant time to crack it. Whatever the case, make sure to watch them closely so you can gauge whether or not they like the toy, how fast they can solve it (which can also be timed for extra fun), or maybe give you an idea of something else that might also be suitable.
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Shopping Trip

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Rainy Day
Moderate
Easy
15 - 60 min
Items needed
Car
Leash
Doggy Bags
Crate
Activity description
When it's raining, most people prefer to stay dry, but that doesn't mean just staying home! If you have your own vehicle, you can certainly still go out on some small indoor adventures with your dog. One of the best places to go is to take them to the local pet store. You can have them look at and possibly even try out new toys, treats, chewies and so on, as well as do a bit of socializing in the process. It's certainly easy but the cost is variable depending on what you decide to get (or not to get). It also takes up a good chunk of time and keeps you both dry in the process. Plus, it's perfect for rainy days since who wants to be inside otherwise when it's nice out!
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Leash and leave
Figure out which pet store you plan to visit by doing basic research online if you don't already have one in mind. You can always use this opportunity to check out new shops too, so figure out where you want to go, grab your dog, leash them up and/or crate them, and hop in the car. If you want to pass a bit of extra time, choose one that's a bit farther away.
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Explore the store
Most good pet shops have a wide variety of treats, chewies, toys, games and all sorts of hybrids that fall in between. Letting your dog check them out first hand is certainly a lot better than having to buy a toy, giving it a trial run at home, then returning it if they aren't interested. Walking them past an aisle full of chewies will certainly help you decide what they gravitate towards in terms of material, smell, or flavor, thus helping you make better choices down the road as well. Plus, if you find something they like that's good for indoor use, you've got one more thing for them to do while it rains outside once you get home!
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Cuddle or Chill

If you don't get much one-on-one time with your dog or even if you do and just thoroughly enjoy it, take advantage while it's inopportune to be outside. Grab your pup and cuddle up on the bed or sofa with some TV or movies.

Teach a New Trick

Sometimes indoor spaces are the best places to teach a dog a new trick. There's usually less outside stimuli, and therefore, more concentration for the task at hand. Use your time inside to work on improving their manners, behavior or ability. If you're lucky, it may also tire them out mentally or physically in the process!

Stairclimber

One of the hardest parts of being stuck indoors is the general lack of exercise space, which can be tough, especially for larger dogs with higher energy drives. Take advantage of your space by using staircases as play or exercise areas for them to ascend and descend. It takes a lot more effort than running, will improve their coordination and may help settle them down when there's no place for them to truly run.

Conclusion

While rainy days are often the bane of many, they can often provide a great time to work on training, figure out new games or toys, or even act as an excuse to cuddle up and relax. Whatever the case may be, whether you choose to be playing out in the elements or lounging around avoiding them, as long as you have a furry friend nearby, you'll never be short on things you can save for a rainy day.