You love your dog. He’s big, cuddly and full of energy. But with that all that energy comes an inescapable need to be walked regularly. You just can’t keep such a larger than life dog cooped up in the house all day. He needs serious exercise. So when you realized he had an aversion to rain you couldn’t quite believe it. He simply doesn’t want to take a step out the door when the rain is pouring down. While you’d also like to stay in the warm and dry, he’ll be charging around the house like a lunatic if he doesn’t blow off some of that steam.
Training him to go out in the rain is essential for his health. If you live in a rainy climate it’s even more important you train him to go out in it. If he’s a large dog he’ll quickly gain weight and become unhappy if he doesn’t get enough exercise.
The good news is, training your dog to go out in the rain is relatively straightforward. You simply need to find the right motivation. If every time it starts raining he knows he’s going to get delicious food or his favorite toys, then he may quickly start looking forward to a downpour. Again, if you can reward him with attention, fun and games, then getting him out of the door when it’s raining won’t be such a challenge. If he’s a puppy he should be full of energy anyway and you could see results in just a few days. If he’s old, lazy and prefers lying under the warm radiator then you may need a couple of weeks to get him leaping about in the rain.
Training him to go out in the rain isn’t just good for him, it’s good for you as well. It’s quality bonding time, and a good stretch of the legs will be beneficial for both your body and mind.
Before you start training, you’ll need to collect a few bits. The most important component will be a leash. There’ll be no getting him wet to start with without one. If he’s big and strong then you may also want to use a body harness. This will reduce strain on his neck while also giving you more control.
Some mouth-watering treats or his favorite food will be needed. As will some irresistible toys, like a tennis ball. Apart from that, just make sure you have some time to commit to training whenever it’s raining.
Once you’ve got all of that, you’re all set!