As the song goes…...
It's rainy season in Seattle, and that means our pups are getting wet for sure!
As much as we all hate to throw on the wellies and raincoats, it's essential our dogs get outside for exercise and mental stimulation.
Here are some great tips to consider when walking in the rain ☔. If you've got some, we'd love to hear! Just send us an email and a photo with “soggydog” in the subject line and we’ll feature you in our instagram stories!
🧥 Gear up
Being soaking wet can make your daily walks pretty unpleasant, but picking the right gear can make a big difference. Rain gear is important for both of you. Umbrellas, raincoats, and even boots will be the difference between a soggy walk and a fun one.
🚰 Fresh water
It may sound silly to bring water when you go out in the rain, but having a supply of fresh, clean water for your dog to drink can help you deter him from tasting the puddles along your walk.
Rainwater can contain bacteria and pollutants, and puddles collect the dirt and chemicals that rain encounters while it flows along the ground. It’s a good rule of thumb to avoid letting your dog drink from any stagnant water you pass on your trip.
🚗 Keep clean
With or without rain gear, your dog is going to be tracking mud and dirt wherever he goes. Minimize the mess by prepping your house and car for clean-up.
Car seat covers, drying towels, pet wipes, and absorbent floor mats can help to keep your dog from making a mud masterpiece on your living room carpet.
No matter how hard you try to keep your dog clean after a rainy walk, he might still need a quick bath before he’s allowed back on the furniture.
🔦 Be seen
Heavy rain can limit visibility. Keep yourself and your dog safe by making sure you can both be easily seen by passing cars and pedestrians. LED collar or leash attachments, reflective gear, and bright colored clothes will make you easy to spot by passersby.
🏠 Know when to stay home
It’s best to keep your dog’s routine as consistent as possible, but sometimes extreme weather can justify skipping a walk. If the weather just doesn’t allow for a stroll, then look for opportunities to exercise your dog indoors until the weather gets better.