For most dog owners taking the dog for walk is a daily if not twice daily occurrence. Our four-legged friends enjoy the routine, and the exercise is important to their health both physically and mentally come rain or shine. It’s that time of year where sadly, it is wetter and colder, with higher chance of rain showers. That being said, here are my top tips for making those rainy walks manageable. 
Waterproof coat 
A waterproof or showerproof coat is essential especially if your dog has a thin coat. Not only to they keep your dog dry, but they also keep them warm. I don’t mind wearing my coat, but I know it’s not for every dog. I suggest if you want to give one a try then do so around the house for short periods first to see how your dog gets on before going a walk. After all, you want your dog to enjoy their walk and if they are happy, you will be able to relax and enjoy it too. Oh, and don’t forget to wear your waterproof coat and correct footwear and if it not too windy an umbrella is a must. 
Reflective wear 
Reflective wear such as collars, leads or coats are a great to make you and your dog feel safe and seen on a walk, especially in bad weather. Vehicle and streetlights will bounce off the reflective material while walking on the pavement or crossing the road making it easier for other road users to see you both. Another great option especially if you are walking in the park or across a field is a flashing collar. I have one of these for when we are at the airfield, great for seeing me if the visibility is bad due to weather such as rain or fog or for walks after dark. 
Have a towel ready at home 
This is very important, not only so your home doesn’t become a scene out of a horror movie but also, so your dog doesn’t get too cold. Your dog is most likely going to shake its wet and muddy coat to remove the water so make sure you have a place they can do this without ruining your furniture or walls. Then you can use towels to dry them and warm them up. You may also want to use the hairdryer. If your dog is a muddy puddle lover then its off to the bath/shower for them, the warm water will keep their body temperature up and a full wash will ensure any bugs or gems have been removed. 
Pick your route 
Think about the route you would normally take. Is it across a field which may now be boggy or on a busy road where cars may drive through puddles and splash you both? Try to avoid both, keeping to quite roads or parks with paved areas will help you both to have a more enjoyable time. 
Keep your walk short 
Going for a 5 mile walk in the rain isn’t fun for anyone. Keeping your rainy walks short allows your dog to get some exercise and do their business. I know some dogs don’t like getting wet or walking in the rain. If this is your dog don’t force them, they will not enjoy it and in turn nor will you. A quick pop out to do their business and then back in the warm if fine. To ensure your pup doesn’t get bored, play some interactive games inside to keep them stimulated and happy. 
Does your dog enjoy walks in the rain? Are they a muddy puddle lover? Or would they prefer to be cuddled up on the sofa with in the warm and Dry? 
Until the next adventure..... 
Love Titch 
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