Rainy days can be rough for our four legged friends. While some dogs don’t seem to mind getting wet when they go outside, others can’t stand it.
Our little pitbull mix Ivy absolutely HATES the rain. If it’s raining hard enough she’ll refuse to go out even for potty breaks.
Rainy days are also tough on dogs because most pet owners avoid taking their pooches on walks those days.
Being cooped up inside all day is bound to bore even the most relaxed dog and we as pet parents know the old adage “a tired dog is a well behaved dog.”
When boredom sets in, some dogs are bound to be destructive while others simply become downright untolerable to be stuck inside with.
So what can we do to keep our dogs occupied on rainy days?
Check out some ideas below!
1. Work on your training.
Training your dog is a great way to beat rainy day boredom. Working on honing old commands or introducing new ones is a great way to keep your dog’s mind active. Work them hard enough and they’ll be bound to be tired enough for a long nap afterwards.
2. Pull out your dog’s favorite toy and get playing.
Play is not only a great way to strengthen your bond with your dog, but it also helps to keep your dog active and healthy. If your dog loves tug of war, pull out the rope and get yanking! Or try a friendly game of fetch in a non-crowded room in your home. Letting your dog get in some exercise will keep them busy and tire them out.
3. Use a dog puzzle.
Dog puzzles are one of the best forms of enrichment for your dog. Dog puzzles are a great way to keep your dog busy and mentally stimulated as they dig and look for those yummy treats. Try out any of these puzzles, recommend by Rover!
4. Stuff and freeze your Kong or give your dog something to chew on.
My dogs are never more quiet and occupied than when I give them something to chew on for awhile. Stuff a Kong with some peanut butter, cottage cheese, or plain yogurt and pop it in the freezer for a rainy day. Your dog will be busy trying to get out the treats and if its frozen it will take them that much longer.
5. Give your dog a bath or a mini-groom.
Rainy days are perfect for giving your stinky dog a nice bath to wash away the grime of the weeks. If you and your dog are both comfortable, you can use this free time to trim or file your dog’s nails as well.
6. When all else fails, take a nap and relax with your dog!
There you have it! Next time it rains, hopefully you and your dog will be able to beat the boredom and make the most out of your rainy day!