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Q: Rainy day exercise

November 5, 2008 | By Ann T. | 12 answers | Expired: 2109 days ago

Ann T.

After three days of wet and windy weather here, I'm wondering how other dog owners deal with nasty weather and getting doggy outside for exercise. Do you just tough it out and get soaked? Find some indoor fun? If you stay indoors, what do you do?

My new puppy (6 months old) isn't crazy about going out in the rain, but she will if I insist. She even hesitates when I KNOW she has to go potty. I'm beginning to think I need to create a big "litterbox" on my covered patio for days like today!

As a new dog owner, I'm just curious about how others deal with foul weather.

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Melissa G.
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Nov 11, 2008

When it rains where I live (which it tends to do a lot), I take one of my dog Holly's favorite chew toy and throw it around in a room. She goes crazy and chases it everywhere. Or,if your dog is like mine, lay out your dog's blanket or a blanket you don't really care about in an open space. Then give them a bath in the sink (my dog is very small). I dry her off a bit, then let her go. She races around the house and drys herself on the blanket. It is so amusing to watch and then she wears herself out and takes a nap. I hope one of these ideas help!

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Anonymous
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Nov 09, 2008

If you have a little room, try tossing a toy for your dog to run after and bring back to you. This is what I do with my small dog who needs alot of exercise. In the evening after our walk, he still needs more exercise so I sit on the floor and start playing tug of war with him and his toy and I throw it across the room and have him chase it and bring it back to me. This wears him out. As for going potty in this weather, thats a tough one. Mine dont like going out in that weather either but to go potty, you have to bring them out so maybe just do it quickly and carry an umbrella over him...Good luck!!!

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sherry f.
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Nov 06, 2008

My dogs hate to go out in the rain. They will run out and go to the bathroom and expect the door to be open so they can run right back in. To give them exercise and stimulation try creating some games to play. We like hide and seek, where I throw a toy like we're going to play catch, and then hide in another room while he goes to get it. Another way to keep her occupied is by obedience training. Since she is still a puppy I'm sure that she could use the training, but try fun techniques or teaching her new tricks like roll over. The training helps you by getting a well behaved dog and releasing some of her energy and helps her to keep her mind active.

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Barbara B.
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Nov 06, 2008

My puppy loves the rain. I don't like her in the rain because she then starts to smell and then she needs another bath. She likes rolling in the grass and that is not good when it's wet! I try to hurry up and take her when it stops to go poo, but if it doesn't stop for awhile I just put up puppy pads in the house. Don't like using them but don't like her in the rain! For some exercise go to a Petstore like others have said. Or if you have a garage that is also a good idea but be careful because garages have the most deadly chemicals for dogs. Evn little leaks from your car can kill your dog if accidently licked!

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Barb S.
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Nov 06, 2008

Yikes...don't start with the litter box. When they are cute and little so are their piles. I make an effort to go out with my dogs no matter the weather. In NH in the winter it can be fridge. I have a super skinny dog (part whippet) and she has very little fur. We will bundle her up and head to the local pet store for a little walking and socialization.

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AnthonyLucca
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Nov 05, 2008

I throw a ball down the hallway and that keeps him running for awhile and tires him out

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Gloria F.
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Nov 05, 2008

I open up the door and in the garage they go....they will not walk out in the rain...they already know when I say its wet out they are going to garage...and i feel so bad because they like their routine walks but at least they can run

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Lauri H.
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Nov 05, 2008

A trip to the local pet store, for some window shopping, might do the trick. While it may not be very physical, it helps with the cabin fever.

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Cindy
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Nov 05, 2008

I had a dog who didn't mind walking in thunderstorms! However, when it's raining I usually stay inside and try to make up for it after it stops raining. Snow is not a problem - most dogs love to play in the snow and I think it adds resistance for added exercise. When inside, I play fetch with my dog. Teaching you dog to play fetch for days when you can't, or don't want to get out is a very good thing!

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GARYOSTHOFF
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Nov 05, 2008

I sit up stairs and my wife sits down stairs and we have sqeaky toys and oliver enjoys running back and forth between us. it makes him tired. Also my wife or I will distract oliver and my daughter will hide and then call him. He gets all excited and runns around the house trying to find her. it keeps him busy

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