Dogs & rain: how do deal when it’s wet outside

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If winter has arrived where you live, then that means cold nights, dark mornings and rainy days that make walking our dogs a little less inviting.

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It’s important to really make an effort and brave the elements to give your pooch some exercise and stimulation, but some days truly are better spent indoors. So what can we do when the weather is less than ideal to exercise our dogs and keep them out of trouble?

So how do you deal with your pet dogs when it’s wet and cold outside?

Training is a really good way to stimulate your dog and burn some energy with mental exhaustion, and the great news is it can be done in the comfort and warmth of your own home. Start with simple skills such ‘sit’, ‘shake’, ‘roll over’, ‘lay down’ and always remember to reward with treats or praise. If your dog has already mastered these you can graduate to more complicated commands such as ‘play dead’, ‘speak’ or ‘crawl’.

If this doesn’t quite get rid of enough energy then you might like to consider some indoor agility training. All you need are some witch’s hats (although any object will do) and a hallway and you have yourself an agility course for your dog to run through. If you want to be really tricky use your arms as a hoop and teach your dog to jump through it at the end. There are numerous instructional videos and ideas on the internet to help you, so go on, get creative.

If indoor training isn’t really your thing, but you still want your dog to burn off some energy, then how about a play date? Having another dog in the house will help keep them entertained as they run around playing with each other. A word of caution however, as with humans, not all dogs get on, so choose a companion that you know your dog likes and they’ll have a great afternoon of play.

Finally, if neither of these ideas tickle your fancy then there is nothing wrong with curling up on the couch with your dog and watching your favourite movie. Bonding time is very important, and dogs love to veg out too (in moderation of course).

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Dr Josie Gollan
If anyone can make veterinary science look good, it’s Dr Josie Gollan. Since graduating from Sydney University with Bachelor of Veterinary Science (with First Class Honours), Josie has practiced as both an equine and small animal vet. Currently, Josie is a dedicated vet at Sydney’s Animal Doctors clinic, treating creatures both big and small. She is an avid horse-rider and her love for, as well as extensive knowledge of the equine industry has facilitated Josie securing her title as the ‘Official Race Day Veterinarian’ for Racing NSW. Adding to this, Josie has written numerous articles for Trackside Magazine. Josie was a Guest Reporter on the broadcast of Channel 9’s Magic Millions in 2014. Josie also regularly appears on the Nine Network’s Today show as a Guest Vet to educate viewers on pet-related stories. Away from the camera, Josie is a sought-after keynote for many leading events in the vet and pet industry including the Dog Lovers Show held recently in Sydney where she performed two talks per day on the main stage. There isn’t much this beauty can’t do! Josie has a passion for travel and is a sporting enthusiast - tennis, hockey, touch-football and athletics are among her hobbies. She is even a certified ski instructor!