Do you walk your dog in the rain?

@msedge (4012)
United States
October 14, 2008 11:55am CST
Some dogs don’t mind walking in the rain, but unfortunately, most do. And if the dog lives in an apartment or doesn’t have a yard, what’s the alternative? Hold it in until it stops raining? Don’t think so. Here are some ways to get your dog to not mind so much—and perhaps even enjoy—a walk in the rain. 1.Look for trees, bushes, awnings, homes or buildings to block some of the rain and wind in order for your dog to "do his business." 2.Hold an umbrella over your dog to stop the rain from falling on her back and face. There’s still the issue of wet ground, but keeping the rain off is half the battle. 3.Consider purchasing a dog rain coat. There are a variety of styles in a variety of price ranges—all with the same purpose—to keep your dog dry. And if you have a larger dog, you may consider purchasing a small foal (baby horse) blanket. These are waterproof, wind resistant and have velcro straps to stay in place. Many people with larger dogs find that these work well (see Resources below). 4.Consider a pet umbrella. Yes, you read right. This is an umbrella/leash combo that attaches to your dog’s collar to keep the rain off. It solves the problem of you getting wet having to share your umbrella with your dog. And if you’re worried that your umbrella may clash with your pooch’s—the same company makes a human umbrella to match! 5.Try dog rain boots if you think your dog can handle it and won't raise too much of a fuss. There are a variety of styles from simple pleather to more sophisticated ones with adjustable ankle straps and non-skid soles (see Resources). 6.Now that your dog is good to go, you don’t want to have to cut the walk short because you’re not. Make sure you have on waterproof shoes and look for a waterproof (not water resistant), hooded rain slicker. If you’re carrying an umbrella, the kind with an automatic pop-up button makes it easier to operate with one hand.
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@ellie333 (21029)
14 Oct 08
Hi MsEdge, My puppy Ziggy doesn't like to go out in the rain to pee and poo but doesn't mind going for a walk on the beach in the rain, daft dog that he is. I have to go out with him in my dressing gown in the morning into the yard and that way he will go and we both get wet, I guess I am leading by example. I think wellies and waterproofs are a bit much for a dog myself and I think once Ziggy gets used to it he will be fine. Huggles. Ellie :D
@msedge (4012)
• United States
13 Jan 09
Ziggy will get use to it i'm sure ellie.Our dog was trained to pee and poo outside so even it rains she will really go out to do that.
@eaforeman6 (8983)
• United States
14 Oct 08
My dog hates to walk in the rain. She is very prissy and dosent like to get wet or dirty. I try to walk her before it rains hard or right after. I tried the umbrella but she wont stay under it. She is very afraid of storms. She is very afraid of getting wet. She has always been that way!
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@msedge (4012)
• United States
13 Jan 09
Dogs are like human beings too.Some love the rain and some don't.Our dog loves the snow.She loves playing on it.
@dookie03 (578)
• United States
14 Oct 08
Yea my dog is a big wuss when it comes to rain as well. I've never bought him a raincoat but when it rains we let him out and back in real quick so he doesn't whine too much. He's really bad with the wind. When it's windy out he is a complete wuss, he will seriously go up and hide under a bed if he could.
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@hiddenwing (3721)
• China
16 Oct 08
I don't have a dog. It is not allowed. Thanks for sharing. I will tell someone else. I guess they will appreciate it
@msedge (4012)
• United States
13 Jan 09
Your welcome
• Canada
16 Oct 08
I don't have a dog, but if I had one I would walk the dog in the rain. Dogs need to go out and do their business, regardless of what the weather is.
@msedge (4012)
• United States
13 Jan 09
Thats true!