Dogs need exercise every day, year-round. This means that rain or shine, it’s your responsibility to make sure your pup gets time to stretch their legs and explore the neighborhood. But walking your dog during cooler-weather seasons doesn’t have to be a chore! With the right gear, both you and Fido will be loving all-season walks. Here are a few rainy day dog walking essentials you’ll be glad to have:
You don’t want to head out in the rain without a raincoat and, chances are, neither does your pup. Of course, all dogs are different, so pay attention to your dog’s behavior—do they seem averse to going out in wet or cool weather? If so, getting a raincoat for the wet season and a warmer coat for the very cold season is a good idea. Note that you’ll be much more amenable to going out if you’re dry, too.
Raincoat or not, chances are that your pup will get a little bit—or a lotta bit—wet. Having a good dog drying towel that you keep at the entryway of your home can reduce the amount of mess that makes it through your front door. Many pups love a good rub down with a warm dry towel as well, so this could be a good bonding activity for you two.
Having a waterproof leash is a must on very wet and rainy days! Nothing disincentivizes a walk faster than the idea of having to deal with a sopping rope at the end of it. Plus, wet leashes are uncomfortable to hold when walking and can begin to smell. A waterproof, smell-proof leash is exactly what you need, especially if you have a pup that loves to splash in puddles.
To keep yourself as comfortable as possible, make sure you invest in a good umbrella. For your pup, there are actually leashes that have built-in dog umbrellas as part of the design, which may be crucial if you have a very weather-averse pup.
Finally, nothing, nothing is worse than walking around with wet feet. Plus, once your shoes get wet, it could take days for them to dry, making it very unpleasant to walk your pup at all. Investing in a good pair of waterproof boots is a must. Again, if you have a water-averse dog with sensitive paws, consider some waterproof booties for them as well. Many dogs enjoy splashing through puddles bootie-free, however.