We all know the saying, “April showers bring May flowers!” The rain is coming, and it’s only a matter of time before we experience torrential downpours here in Chesterson and Valparaiso. Some of our pups love water, while others cannot stand getting wet. For our dogs that don’t like getting wet, check out these four rainy day essentials for your dog in Chesterton & Valparaiso
Raincoats can not only be fashionable, but they will ultimately keep your dog dry. Depending on the coat of your dog, it may also help keep them warm on those colder rainy days. There are tons of places to purchase dog coats. You can buy dog coats from a local business or choose from a range of sorts online. Not all dogs can tolerate jackets, so be sure to find the right one for them or consider other forms of rain gear.
To keep your dog’s paws dry, invest in some comfortable booties for your dog. Good fitting booties will reduce the amount of cleaning you’ll have after your walks! There are tons of options for boots online and in stores. There are rubber booties and waterproof materials that will keep your dog’s paws dry and warm. Be sure to do your research and try multiple options to determine which one is the best for your dog.
Umbrellas with Leashes
Umbrellas are a great accessory on a rainy day for humans, and these days they make an excellent accessory for our dogs. The umbrella leash is a great invention and a rainy day essential to walk your pup with. These leashes are a great alternative to keep your dog dry, especially if they do not like to wear a coat. They may take some getting used to walking around with an umbrella hovering above them, but if your pup doesn’t like getting wet, then they’ll quickly warm up to this option. With a coat and with this leash, your dog will be unstoppable and protected from the rain.
Having a towel ready to go as soon as you come in from your rainy walk is essential! You don’t have to go with the most expensive towel out there since at the end of the day, the towel will get pretty dirty. You should have more than one towel handy depending on the size of your dog, and how wet and dirty they get. If your dog likes to jump in puddles while walking, it might be best to bring a towel along for the walk. This will reduce the mess when you get home.
Not all dogs will be comfortable wearing clothing, or will even sit still long enough for you to dry them off before they’re ready to run away. Always pay attention to your dogs’ behavior and body language.
Be sure to always make their experience positive by giving them their favorite treats, and using lots of positive reinforcement.