Rain is a part of life when you live in the great Pacific Northwest. Not the type of rain that they showed in Sleepless in Seattle. They pumped in that rain from a tropical rain forest…for those of us who live here, it’s not nearly that rainy. However, it is misty…a soft rain that leaves your hair somewhat damp, or in my case, leaves my dog’s long fur slightly frizzy. Oh well, it’s weather…and there’s not a lot you can do with that. Specially when you have a house full of playful Shih Tzu’s, that are just looking to go outside to play, like we do. Sitting on my big cream sofa, I pull a drape to the side to see if the rain has subsided. Nope… how do you exercise your dog in the rain?
Do We Have To?
Yes. I know, you were hoping for a different answer. But the truth is your dog needs mental and physical stimulation, and just like the postman’s motto…they too will show little to no desire to slow down in rain, snow sleet, or sunshine. So, what’s a Seattle dog mom to do other than don some galoshes and a rain coat and take the pups outside for a little fun ‘exercise as play’ time. Fortunately it was just a tad drizzly and not really doggy rain gear weather – so outside we went with a new little toy in hand.
Purple Puller© Playtime
We discovered Puller, or the purple circle as it’s called in my house, through our friend Kate. Kate told us that Puller is lightweight, floats, is odorless, is loads of fun, and they come in pairs; and she sent us a Puller earlier in the week for us to try. So, my dogs and I and the purple ones set out to play in the rain, and within 20 minutes the pups were too pooped to putt! Puller worked as a great training tool for us – due to their light weight, I could easily hold both in one hand while using the other to reward my dogs when they retrieved and released the Puller back into my hand. They had a hoot of a time – and me, heck, I was having so much fun I forgot about the rain!
How Do You Exercise Your Dog In The Rain?
Well, if you are like me and my dogs…. you just do it! If you’re dogs don’t mind it then round up some of their favorite waterproof toys – you don’t want a soggy stuffed piggy making its’ way back in to your house and warp up your coveted wood flooring. That’s why we like these purple Puller toys – you can just toss them in the sink and wash them clean. Sorry… wish I could tell you it was that easy with your dogs fur. Mine don’t really mind coats, but they’d rather go commando. I don’t fight it…. our long-haired, full-coated Shih Tzus love water – it’s a curse, they attack lawn sprinklers with glee anytime they see one. I gave up trying to keep them out of the wet and the rain – a dog should live life and be happy, right? So, when we’re done exercising in the rain I just pull out towels and clean my pups down – spray on detaingler and groom them out. Exercise in the rain makes them happy – and it’s only 10 minutes out of my day to clean them post play time. I can afford that kind of time for the simple joy I see on my dogs faces as they frolic in the rain!
Thanks for reading, and until next time – take care and keep on lovin’ your dog!