how to protect your furry pal in the rain.

It's been raining a lot this spring and it does pose a bit of a problem for dog lovers who feel like they can't get out and enjoy t...

It's been raining a lot this spring and it does pose a bit of a problem for dog lovers who feel like they can't get out and enjoy their regular walks. It doesn't get even easier in this time of pandemic but since walking your dog is one of the easiest and most practical ways to give them the exercise that they need (so do you!), you still can do it as long as you protect ourselves by wearing masks and social distancing.

Your dog needs to be walked every day but you can’t always depend upon the weather being cooperative. Rain is one of the most common problems a dog owner encounters when the weather turns bad. Most pet owners will have no issue walking their dogs in the rain as long as it is done properly. Some dogs do love the rain, especially if they are retrievers or other dog breeds used to water, but most dogs want to avoid the rain and skip the walk. If you really want or need to walk your dog in the rain (if you live in an apartment or home where there is no yard to let the dog out into), you’ll need to make the experience as comfortable as possible for your dog.

Take certain precautions. If it’s raining and the weather is cold, you’ll need to be sure your dog is protected from the rain as much as possible and remain warm. Excessive exposure to a cold rain can result in hypothermia. Always ensure your dog stays warm enough if the temperature outside drops to a really cold level. One of the easiest ways to make it painless for both you and your dog when you have to walk in the rain is to look for areas with shelters that will block the rain. If you can find a covered area or one that has trees that block out some of the rain, it will limit the amount of rain that your dog –and you- have to endure.

The obvious choice for helping to keep dogs dry are dog rain coats and rain ponchos. This
cheap dog raincoat help your furry pal stay dry in the rain. When choosing the appropriate rain coat, you'll need to determine what kind of rain conditions your pet is likely to face in your area. This can make walking in the rain more tolerable for your pet whether it's a traditional dog rain jackets with velcro at the waist, packable rain dog ponchos, or dog rain suits that would protect your dog's legs and abdomen from both the rain and the mud better than dog rain ponchos or drape style dog raincoats. Needless to say, they are very helpful to keep your pet warm, dry and clean! Dog rain boots will also  help keep your dog’s legs and paws from getting wet, although many dogs will refuse to wear them. Pet umbrellas are not as common but they attach to your dog’s collar and will keep your dog protected from the rain.
Deciding whether to walk your dog in the rain is a personal decision, but if done properly and with the right apparel, it can be painless and easy for both of you, and your dog may even learn to enjoy an outing in the rain as much as it does on a dry day. We hope these tips will keep you and your pup "singing in the rain" rather than having the rainy-day blues!

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