Friday, July 18, 2014

Rainy Day Activities for Dogs

For about a day or two here, we've had off and on rainstorms which have really started to put a damper on things. Not to mention the rain puts me and Shiner behind a little bit. If your dog is anything like mine, they probably don't really like the rain. Shiner hates getting wet, but will go out to potty if necessary.

She also gets a little nervous if thunder and lightning is involved, but she's not too bad about that part. Mostly, she just wants to be in the same room with everyone.

Photo via Andrew Lynch

So, if you're experiencing boring rainy days where you live here are a few ideas to help with the boredom. Don't be sad! Think of rainy days as a time you can spend some extra special moments with your furry pal, possibly doing activities that the two of you might not usually experience together.


Play Indoor Games

Since going outside is probably out of the question on most rainy days, try playing some indoor games with your dog. One of Shiner's favorite indoor games to play is tug of war. She is a very strong dog and usually wins. 

Shiner's PrideBites dog toy. 

There are lots of great toys for playing tug of war with. We recently got to try out a PrideBites dog toy and it's perfect for tug of war. That's what it's made for anyways. Also, for anyone interested in purchasing a PrideBites dog toy with your dog just use the code PAWSITIVELY at checkout to save 10%. 

You can also try some fun dog puzzle games to keep your dog occupied for a little while. Shiner has a puzzle toy and is very food motivated so she loves it. There's also fetch, catch, hide-the-treat and find it... be creative and have fun! 

Make Homemade Dog Treats

Rainy days are a perfect time to create some delicious homemade dog treats for your furry friend. Your dog will enjoy snoopervising you while you work in the kitchen and will also help with any clean up necessary! Here are a few tasty homemade dog treat recipes I've found lately that look super tasty - 
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Can we open this already? 

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Take a Nap

I don't know what is is about rainy days, but they are just perfect for napping. And who doesn't like a good nap? I know both Shiner and I enjoy them. Cuddle up under the covers with your dog and get some rest while the rain sprinkles on your rooftop. And just maybe, when the two of you wake up the rainy day blues will be gone! 

Come on - let's take a nap! 

Share with us your favorite rainy day activities that you enjoy with your dog in the comments! 

21 comments:

  1. We have purrfected that nap thing but we would love to play some before those naps!

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  2. Great ideas! I tried to make my cats homemade cat treats once. It didn't go over so well, LOL.

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    1. Yea, I'm not the greatest at making homemade treats either. I like the frozen stuff though, that's pretty easy :)

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  3. These are some great ideas! There should be no bored dogs out there.

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  4. Great ideas, we definitely need some new ideas! Sometimes mom puts away a few of our toys and pulls them out when we look bored!

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  5. One of our collies' favorite indoor games in hide and seek. I'll take them all into the bathroom (so no one can cheat by peeking) and my daughter will hide. When I open the door and ask them to find her, they start running all over, tails wagging, searching under tables and behind furniture! :)

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    1. That sounds like fun! We used to use our sheltie as our helper when we were playing hide and seek as kids. She was great at finding all the hiders for the seeker :)

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  6. I think that nap thing takes top spot around here lately. Fortunately, we don't have many rainy days until October. Then it's rain, rain, rain until next July. Besides the nap thingee, my favorite indoor game is 'find it'!

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  7. Naps are the best rainy day activities. I like to keep a few bulky sticks on hand or a mentally stimulating toy to keep them occupied when it's yucky out. We'll also do some training to wear them out a bit :)

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  8. Hide and seek with a few dog treats is a favorite in our house. Harley is pretty good at it so the spots can get very creative. I love watching him explore the perimeter of a room searching and sniffing!

    We have never made any dog treats ourselves but I would love to try it (and I'm sure the boys would be willing to sample). I am going to check out some of the recipes you posted!

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  9. Those are all great rainy day tips. Bentley holds his pee as long as possible during rainstorms. We try to hurry out in between the storms.

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  10. Great ideas,bit harder with Speedy as he gets quite moody,we have rubbish weather at the moment and he is one moody bun especially after being away this week and he got to have 3 walks a day at the holiday park all that exploring and new smells and now its stopped if its dry later might take him out then,xx Rachel

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    1. I bet with his new harness he is getting some great exercise! Bad weather here too right now.

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  11. Great ideas! Our dogs all like the rain, and I have a hard time keeping them indoors out of it! So we usually break out some toys and treat games. We haven't really had many rainy days lately though. I even set up Luke's tunnel on the porch one time when it was rainy and they had a ball in it!

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    1. Playing in the rain isn't so bad if your dog likes it!

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  12. Sweet ideas. We usually work on some nose games or hide and seek. My dog never tires of those. Napping as you mentioned also ranks high on our list. I giggle at the fact that my dog loves the hose so much she cries inside when it's turned on - but when it's raining she wants nothing to do with it.

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  13. Rainy day activities-for me it is cleaning up wet paw prints! I try to keep the dogs entertained, using many of the ideas you suggested.

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    1. Cleaning is probably another great rainy day activity!

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  14. Nice tips. My dog and I hate sad, rainy days. - Petnet(io) Anu

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  15. I like these rainy day activities! My dog and I would just sit around watching tv because we couldn't exactly go outside and play at all. He normally gets depressed when that happens, but I try to cheer him up with toys. I want to try the homemade treat thing next, I mean I'm no excellent baker, but I can try if it is for my dog.

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