Five rainy day activities for dogs

Rainy days getting you and your BFF (best furry friend) down? Dogs, just like people, need physical and mental stimulation every day in order to stay healthy and balanced. Here are five ideas to beat the rainy day blues.

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Take your dog shopping

There are a few dog-friendly shops that will let you take Fido with you while you browse. Home Depot, Lowes, Tractor Supply Co., Whole Earth Provisions, and apparently even Anthropologie and Half Priced Books are dog-friendly! That is of course in addition to most pet stores like Petsmart, Petco, Tomlinson’s, Woof Gang Bakery, and so forth.

By the way — if you happen to take your dog to Half Priced Books will you please share a photo with me? I’d love to see that.

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Indoor play

There are several options for your dog to get some indoor play and socialization outside of the home. Mud Puppies is one of my favorites and also offers baths and grooming if your dog could use a good scrub afterward. Zoom Room is also pretty cool and offers indoor agility, training and social play.

If you’d prefer to stay home, there are lots of games you can play to get your dog moving and thinking.  Check out our article on playing chase, or try Hide and Seek, Sniff and Find games or some fun enrichment activities.

Grooming and massage time!

Speaking of grooming … you could take your buddy up to Mud Puppies or Dirty Dog to wash off all the mud, or get into it at home with some personal pampering. Give her a good nail trimming, brushing, and/or a soapy bath.

Pets can really benefit from gentle touch, too. Check out the Tellington TTouch program for more information!

Meal time

Make meal time interesting with puzzle toys, or hide your dog’s food around the house to imitate a more natural way of foraging for dinner. Have your dog perform tricks before each bite of food.

Go for a drive

rainy day dog ideas

When in doubt, just get in the car and go. Like people, dogs benefit just by getting out of the house every once in a while. Let her stick her nose out the window and sniff the world as it whizzes by.
And for those of us in Austin, don’t worry, the sun will come out tomorrow! 🙂 Enjoy.


Gusto Dogs owner Kristen West

Gusto Dogs owner, Kristen West


About Kristen West

Kristen started Gusto Dogs in Austin after running a pet sitting and walking business for two years in Sydney, Australia. After discovering that the dogs benefited much more from incorporating enrichment into their daily walks, Kristen decided to make it a part of every Gusto dog walk with the aim to provide a more fulfilling experience for Austin's dogs and their owners.