The Los Angeles Department of Animal Services reminds us that we are not the only ones who are affected by the wet weather.
Today’s rain, with more in the forecast, is unusual for us and breaks our walk routines with our pets. Some dogs can also be stubborn about leaving the house, which may lead to accidents. LA Animal Services offers some tips to help get us and our pets though the messy rainy season:
1. Go outside with your dog. If you normally just let your dog out in the backyard, you may need to actually go with him or her when it’s raining. Taking your dog for a short walk or stepping out in the yard with them will make your best buddy feel safer and it’s more likely that they will feel comfortable enough to go potty.
2. Use positive reinforcement and treats. Just like potty training, bring a few treats when you take your dog outside and reward them after they “go.” Be sure to praise them enthusiastically as well.
3. Plan ahead. Watch the weather and take advantage of bringing your dog outside during a lull in the storm. Your pooch will more likely be open to going outside when it’s sprinkling than when it’s pouring rain. Also, think about your walking route. Avoid busy streets where cars will splash through puddles, drench you both and potentially scare your furry family member.
4. Stay dry. If your dog doesn’t mind getting dressed up, try purchasing a doggie rain coat and boots for them, or grab a large umbrella to shield them from the rain drops. When they get wet, keep a towel on hand so you can quickly dry them off when you return to the house, to avoid water and mud on your floors and furniture.
5. Play indoors. If your dog is used to going outside and running around during the day, you’ll want to provide them with indoor activities when it rains for long periods of time. Teach them a new trick, give them a new chew toy, play hide-and-seek or let them figure out a puzzle feeder or Kong ball that you can pick up at your local pet store.
Some pets do not like rain and some do…but regardless, remember companion animals want to be with you! They are safer and dryer inside with you during rain storms, where they can spend their time doing what they do best: being your best friend.