As the rain pours down, how can care for our fur-babies potty needs, plus help them burn off some energy?

Since moving to Kalamazoo, my 11 year old dog, Olive has had to learn to always be on a leash when going outside. Back in Detroit, she had her own yard that she could go into to go to the bathroom. Here is not the case, so I wanted to learn how to handle the rain and a dog that needed to go outside a few times a day. Besides nature calling, it is a great way to have her burn off a little energy!

I discovered the web-site Dogster.com, and they had great advice!

Don't Do It...

It's sounds cruel but it's not! On rainy days, don't walk your dog. Instead, take the little monster out for potty breaks and then play games with your pup; work out their energy by playing hide and seek, treat puzzles, or toss the ball gently around the house.

If You Feel Your Dog Should Go Out, Hit The Dog Park...

It takes longer to wear out your dog when simply walking them. This really rings true for dogs that are used to hikes and roaming around leash free. If you run you pup up to the dog park, and let them run for a few minutes, it will help calm them through the day. Yes, they will get muddy and wet, but it might be worth it depending on the personality of your dog.

Gear Up...

Caring an umbrella while trying to handle a dog on a leash can be dangerous. The wind could get a hold of the umbrella, tear it away, and possible hurt you, your pet, a neighbor etc. Your best line of action is wear your rain gear, boots, hat, coat etc. Most dogs do not like wearing rain gear, but if your pet will let you dress them, go for it.

Skip Busy Streets...

Some dogs love water, some hate it (mine is a hater), but either way being splashed by a car driving by can cause get anxiety for all involved in the walk. Stay safe, and stay on side streets.

Finish Strong...

No matter how you handle helping your pet "take care of their business", make sure they are cleaned up. When you bring your pup in, make sure your clean them up (get all the mud off) and dry them off. Make sure they are clean, happy, dry and comfortable.

I would love to know any tips you have for handling rainy days and your pup!