A Ruff Storm: 7 Tips for Caring for Your Dog in Rainy Weather

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Walks It can be easy for us to not think about the fact that our dogs might have to go, now, even though it's pouring, especially when we have our nice indoor bathrooms ... more 
Photo by: Babble
All Weather
Walks It can be easy for us to not think about the fact that our dogs might have to go, now, even though it's pouring, especially when we have our nice indoor bathrooms right in our homes. But our pups don't have such luxuries and still need their walks. With a little preparation (and proper gear), they can be a little more pleasant. The key is when dogs gotta go, they gotta go!
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Fri, May 17, 2013 5:58 PM EDT
Walking your pup on a bright sunny day is a breeze. Your dog gets exercise while you talk to neighbors or enjoy a leisurely stroll around town. It's not even a chore. However, dogs and rainy weather is an entirely different story. There are days when getting your dog to relieve himself can be an all-day (miserable) affair. Lately, I am paying extra attention the weather forecasts focusing on what time the rain is supposed to start. If (and this is a big if) the forecasters are correct, I try to put my dogs out in the yard an hour before the rain comes because every pet owner knows that dogs and rainy weather can be an unfortunate blend of bad scent and filthy floors. It's not always possible, but when it works, it's a lifesaver. The times I can time it perfectly, my dogs are relieved and can happily snooze through the thundershowers, avoiding the whole wet mess. Of course, there are those days when it rains all day long or rain comes quite unexpectedly. Consequently, I have gathered some helpful ways to care for dogs in rainy weather which have worked for me. - By Danielle Sullivan



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