We all know that the rain keeps most of us stuck in one place and unlike some who tend to enjoy the rain, we and our dogs usually stay at home instead of roam around and get wet or worse, get sick. Nothing hurts us more than to see our beloved dogs coming down with a cold from frolicking in the rain. So instead of being stuck at home just mopping around feeling lazy there are some fun and exciting ways to pass the time. Take note that you can mix and match whatever it is you want to do with your best friend to make rainy days fun days!
1. Stage funny photos: With all of the commands, running around, and strange positions necessary to get the perfect shot, taking some funny photos can be a great way for you and your dog to both get tired out. You may want to try staging your dog doing something human, like typing on a keyboard, or wearing a pair of glasses and looking at an old text books. No matter what idea you choose, your dog will get plenty of attention, you’ll get some funny pictures, and both of you are sure to have a great time.
2. Food-dispensing toys: There are several food-dispensing toys dogs adore (or at least love what’s inside, but that’s what counts, right?). Such products — Kong immediately jumps to mind — are great not only for rainy days, but whenever your dog is getting antsy or hyper and you need a quick distraction. Simply throw some food inside, and let your dog roll, gnaw, and bob it all around the room until he gets tired or there is nothing left inside. With dog obesity a major issue, please remember to administer treats and snacks responsibly.
3. Dog bowling: If you have kids, dog bowling can be a great activity to involve them in too. First, gather as many empty two-liter plastic bottles and milk jugs as you can — these will be the “pins.” Then, go into a long hallway or other area of your home where there’s enough room for your dog to run. Stand all the pins at the end of the room in a bowling-alley triangular formation. Finally, grab a tennis “bowling” ball and roll it toward the pins. If your dog likes to chase, he will probably go flying after the ball and knock over the pins. Set them back up and see who can get the most strikes.
4. Teach him a new trick (or just brush up on old ones): Dogs get more than physical exercise when they’re outside — they get mental exercise too. Working on training can be a great way to help keep them mentally active, even if they’re stuck inside. Whether you are teaching a puppy to sit, or just brushing up on some commands, if you push your dog’s abilities, they will probably get tired out pretty quickly.
5. Go outside: Dogs are waterproof, so don’t let a little rain scare you from taking them out. If they’re still full of energy after the first four suggested activities, maybe it’s time to throw on a raincoat (or not) and head outside. Whether it’s a quick walk along your normal route, or putting on some boots and for puddle jumping, they may have an amazing time splashing in the great outdoors; however, the time you spend cleaning them up after going outside may be less than amazing.