As the rainy weather continues to move in and we approach peak hurricane season, you may find it more and more difficult to get your four-legged friend to take a walk when there’s weather. Let’s face it, when the weather is nice and the sun is shining, walking your dog may just be one of the best parts of both your day and theirs. But, when the weather takes a turn and those sunny days turn into gloomy, rainy days, neither one of you are likely going to want to go outside. You may even consider skipping your walk altogether.
Pet parents know that this really isn’t a viable option, though. Dogs need their exercise and fresh air, so don’t let a little weather, or fear of weather, stop you both from enjoying your regular outing. When things get gloomy and Fido starts to show a bit of resistance to going out, simply consider these tips, and neither one of you will have to give up a single day of fresh air:
Keep Your Routine
Consistency and routine are essential to your dog’s health and well-being. When weather moves in, be it extreme heat, rain or snow, it’s ok to shorten the length of your walk, but whatever you do, do not skip it altogether. Your dog needs to stick to a daily walking schedule, not only for their health, but to help avoid accidents indoors and behavioral problems.
Plan Your Route for Weather
Though it is important to try to walk your dog at the same time every day, you can change up your route a bit, especially if the weather is less than desirable. Consider routes with lots of trees on days that are really hot or rainy. The canopies will act as an umbrella and shield you from the elements so that you and your four-legged pal can get on with your normal routine.
Dress for the Weather
Just as you choose your wardrobe carefully and according to the weather, so should your dog. Prepare for the weather, and outfit them with the right gear so that they’ll stay protected from wet conditions. Doggy raincoats and boots will do the trick, not to mention make them the most fashionable pup on the block! Also be sure to carry an extra towel for drying off after your walk. All of these things will help keep your pup as dry as possible while protecting them from getting dry, cracked paws and fluctuating body temperatures.
Hire a Dog Walker
When all else fails, hire a professional. If you’re simply unable to tolerate changing weather conditions, have someone help you and your dog out so that they don’t miss a beat in their routine. Dog walkers are always prepared and willing to take your pup for a walk no matter the weather conditions. It is their job and area of expertise.
Be Considerate of Your Dog’s Hesitations
While consistency is important, always take your dog’s feelings into consideration when faced with bad weather conditions. Encourage them to go out, but don’t ever force them. They do in fact know their limitations. If they don’t want to go out, it’s ok to take them home and play indoors as an alternative form of exercise. Remember, you can always try again later, once the weather has passed.