Today’s rain made me think about how difficult it can be to get outside when the weather is bad.  Not only is it difficult to motivate myself to go running in the rain, but I’m sure Fido doesn’t want to do his business out in the downpour either.  Because I’m not a dog owner, I don’t know the first thing about solving this problem.  After all, if I don’t want to run in the rain, I can get on a treadmill at the gym and get a similar workout.  If the dog won’t get outside to do his business, what’s the alternative? 
Fortunately, I found this article by Melissa Maroff, called “How to Walk a Dog in Rain.”  Hopefully it proves to be helpful!

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. May work in Southern California, but no such luck  in Seattle. 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! (See Resources)
  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.

Tips & Warnings

  • If your dog gets wet, make sure to dry him off with towels as soon as you get  back inside. Keep a set of “dog towels” handy. These can be your worn or less  attractive ones (canines don’t mind a few frayed edges or care much about  monograms).
  • Thrift stores and wholesale clubs such as Costco are good places to find dog  towels. Then there’s always the Best Western or Holiday  Inn.


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