We may be in the midst of 'summer', but these rainy days certainly don’t feel like it! The wet weather can be a mood-kill for both you and the pooch, and a little light relief could be what you need to bring back the fun.
We’ve pulled together a few ideas for some bonding time during those miserable rainy days:
Learning new tricks, games and commands can take time, but if you’re rained-in then you have all the time in the world! It’s the perfect way to keep bored minds busy, and you can perform to friends and family to show them what a clever little pooch you have. Take a look at our 12 Enrichment Games blog piece for inspiration.
Yes, pooches love a pamper too! Pull together a pamper pack of doggo shampoo and conditioner, paw & nose balm, toothbrush and meaty toothpaste, their favourite grooming brush and a scented spritz to finish off. Incorporate a lovely relaxing dog massage (there’s loads of videos on YouTube so you know you’re doing it correctly), and add in a few treats from our Calm & Relaxed range to help them feel extra zen. They will look, feel and smell amazing!
Why not treat them to a new toy and take them to their local pet store for a rummage round? They can sniff out a new favourite toy, and play around with the different squeaks, squarks and sensory stimulants of their surroundings. There’s also plenty of hooman stores that are dog-friendly, so you can spoil yourself too! Check out the ‘Dog-friendly retailers’ section of our Dogs and Hot Cars (the irony) blog post.
If they’re not getting their usual outdoor playtime with friends because of the rain, you could ask their furry friends round for the day! Your pooch can lead the way, and show their doggo BFFs all their toys and best places to run riot around the house. Take turns with the other pawrents, so the pooches can enjoy a new environment a day… and you can have some much needed relaxation after a house full of adorable floofs.
The usual way of rainy outdoor time is getting rain-coated up, and stomping through walkies as quickly as possible. But why not have a moment of madness, and allow yourself to get soaked through!? Play all the usual outdoor games, take a longer walk, and laugh at yourself and your pooch embracing the great British weather! You’ll feel liberated, energised and can look forward to a steaming hot shower and good book on your return (please share pics, this we would LOVE to see).