Rainy Day Activities for Your Dog
Spring is upon us, which means rainy days and muddy fields. Your dog doesn’t want to get all wet, and you certainly don’t want to clean up the mess. Luckily, there are several indoor activities for your dog to take part in that don’t require you to go out in rainy weather.
1. Indoor Agility
Creating an environment where your dog can still get out all their pent up energy is essential to having a good indoor play day. You can make an agility course throughout your house, or even take them to a local dog agility center.
Making a course in your house is much easier than you think, and you probably already have everything at your house. All you need is a few blankets, some big pillows, stools, chairs, and whatever else you can find to make obstacles out of.
Roll up the blankets and set them up as obstacles for your dog to jump over and set up the bigger items as a maze of sorts. You’ll have a blast setting it up, and it’s always fun to see your pup accomplishing their goals!
2. Schedule a Puppy Play Date
Puppy play dates are simple, as long as your dog plays well with others! Check out the weather prior to a rainy day and call up your neighbor, friend, or family member with a dog and have invite them over.
Not only will you be able to catch up with a friend, but your dog and theirs will have a blast playing together. Provide them with some tennis balls, rope, or even the aforementioned agility course and watch them go wild!
3. Take Your Dog on a Shopping Trip
Dogs love spending time with you, regardless of what you’re doing. But what better way could you hang out with them than a trip to the pet store? Most of us love to go shopping, but dogs rarely get the opportunity. There’s no better way to find out their favorite toys than to let them pick everything out themselves! Some stores even include treat samples, which is great if you’re having trouble finding their favorite snacks.
4. Watch Dog TV
If you haven’t heard of dog tv, it’s basically a program that goes on TV (usually specific channels), that’s meant to keep your pups entertained. From flashing lights to door bells, there are all kinds of dog triggers that’ll keep them focused on nothing but television.
Don’t worry though, many of these shows also have relaxing episodes that include virtual dog walks, playing puppies, and more. Not all dogs do well with doorbells and other loud noises, so make sure you look around and find what’s best for your furry friend!
5. Tug of War
When it comes to dog play time, nothing quite beats the classic Tug of War. All you need is a rope and your pup. Dogs love to test their strength, exercise their muscles, and rough house as much as any younger human would. After all, they’re young at heart which means they just want to play and challenge others.
Tug of War is also fantastic if you’re setting up a puppy play date! Get a strong rope though, because dogs absolutely love to play all day long.
There’s no reason that a rainy day should mean less fun for you and your dog. If anything, these are the times to build a strong bond and a long-lasting relationship through indoor exercise, shopping trips, play dates, dog TV, and more!