Exercise & rainy days

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Exercise & rainy days

Post by ***Melissa*** » Fri Jan 22, 2010 3:33 am

It's been raining for a week now & according to the wheather forecast it's going to rain next week as well. (We actually have a hot, dry climate, so I don't know what's up with all this rain - not that I'm complaining, we need it). So we weren't able to go on walks, play 'fetch' or 'chase' or any of the other active games we always do. We don't have enough space inside to play these games, so any ideas on how to exercise my doggies when we can't play outside?
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Re: Exercise & rainy days

Post by Mattie » Fri Jan 22, 2010 4:28 am

How bad is the rain to stop you walking your dog?

We just put our waterproofs and pink wellies on, some dogs have waterproof coats and off we go for our walk. I used to ride horses in the rain as well, that was fine until the rain ran down your back and made the saddle wet. :lol:
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Re: Exercise & rainy days

Post by Nettle » Fri Jan 22, 2010 4:55 am

Yes, they don't melt, so wrap up and get out there. :) My lot have just come back soaked, had a good rub-down with a towel, and are drying off by the fire. We'll go out again this afternoon.
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Re: Exercise & rainy days

Post by ***Melissa*** » Fri Jan 22, 2010 5:31 am

LOL, okay okay I'll put on my big-girl-panties & go out in the rain... :D

Seriously, the rain isn't that bad, but I'm a little afraid of the thunder though
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Re: Exercise & rainy days

Post by Mattie » Fri Jan 22, 2010 5:56 am

Rain is supposed to be good for your complexion, think I would wait until the thunder had gone before going out, I don't like thunder either. :D
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Re: Exercise & rainy days

Post by maximoo » Fri Jan 22, 2010 6:23 am

It's the LIGHTNING you have to be worried about. But of course lightning follows thunder. I live in the lightning capital, so I never go out when theres lightning.

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Re: Exercise & rainy days

Post by ***Melissa*** » Fri Jan 22, 2010 7:18 am

LOL, lightning then :)
Any suggestions what I can to when there's LIGHTNING in the air? - Striker also don't like lightning, so it's difficult enough to get him outside to wee & woo when the weather's like that, not even to mention go our for a walk.
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Re: Exercise & rainy days

Post by emmabeth » Fri Jan 22, 2010 11:17 am

When theres thunder an lightning...... probably best to do mental puzzle solving stuff and clicker training indoors really..

When its JUST raining...... yes, waterproof-big-girl-panties and go puddle sploshing!
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Re: Exercise & rainy days

Post by Marley » Sun Jan 24, 2010 4:47 pm

It's been raining non-stop in my area also (normally an arid area).

We have done the following:
  • Walk in the rain (my dog hates it)
  • Puzzles and trick training
  • When I'm going crazy, we've gone to a couple of pet stores (dogs are allowed inside). My dog totally loves going to the pet store.
  • We've also had a couple of play dates with friends who have larger homes (I live in a small apartment).

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Re: Exercise & rainy days

Post by DawnStorm » Sun Jan 24, 2010 5:16 pm

Several years ago, the two dogs I had at the time were going NUTS because it was a rainy weekend. I finally said enough, put on some boots, grabbed an umbrella, and drove the dogs up to the fields where I still walk the dogs I have now.
Those two dogs had a blast! An hour later, we were all spattered with mud, but it was worth it! :wink:
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Re: Exercise & rainy days

Post by ***Melissa*** » Mon Jan 25, 2010 1:48 am

Thanx for all the replies :D

Just to keep you updated, this weekend I waited until the lighting was over, and we went for a walk (in the rain). Striker LOVED it, and even though we (Striker & I) were freezing when we got home, it was worth it. Shame, he's whole little body shivered when we got home, but I could see he really enjoyed it. :D
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Re: Exercise & rainy days

Post by Mattie » Mon Jan 25, 2010 4:55 am

I put coats on my dogs when it is cold and wet, they have double fleece for when it is cold and waterproof when wet. This is Ellie in one of her double fleece coats.


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Re: Exercise & rainy days

Post by ***Melissa*** » Mon Jan 25, 2010 6:25 am

Oh, that's very nice. We don't have a pet shop / something similar here, so I'll have to see if I can find any on the internet. He has a coat that he wears in winter-time, but it's not waterproof. It's summer now, and a normal day will be about 30 degrees (celcius). With the (unexpected) rainy weather it was about 15 degrees - VERY cold for us, LOL, maybe because we're used to hot & sunny days :D
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Re: Exercise & rainy days

Post by Nettle » Mon Jan 25, 2010 1:27 pm

They won't need coats if it is as warm as that - dogs overheat very easily. Same with the rain - they are waterproof naturally :lol: so unless old or thin-skinned (like Mattie's dog in the picture) their own coats are completely fine for them to go out in.
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Re: Exercise & rainy days

Post by emmabeth » Mon Jan 25, 2010 2:12 pm

If they are warm enough whilst running around outside but shivering when back in and doing nothing - a fleece coat can help them dry off quicker - if you can get hold of some fleece its pretty easy to make some even if you have veryyyyy dodgy sewing skills! There are patterns all over the internet to be had for free or just figure it out for yourself on a big piece of paper.
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