Man oh Man. The coastal mid-atlantic sure is taking a beating these past two weeks. An earthquake, Hurricane Irene, and now Lee’s rainy leftovers. Can a dog get a break?! I don’t know about your dogs, but these two HATE the rain. I open the front door, they stare at the rain, then look back at me and say with their eyes, “Lady, are you serious?! It’s pouring out!” Hey dogs, I’m right there with you. Wellies, rain coat, and all. Do I wish I had a backyard right now or what…
It’s funny how dogs are in the rain. Some love it, some are indifferent, some despise it (ahem… my Knox). Knox has my opinion of the rain: it’s great for a good snuggle on the sofa with a blanket and a movie. It’s odd. A day or two of rain=lazy dog. He totally takes advantage of couch time. It’s awesome.
A week of rain, however, not awesome. A week of rain=wild dogs with lots of pent up energy. Aside from how not-fun trekking outside in the rain is, it also makes for very brief walks. After a few days…it becomes a chore to tire these boys out.
~ We take the opportunity to give them some serious chew time on new elk antlers or raw hides. The mental stimulation and chewing results in a much-needed nap. Buddha will eat his whole meal out of a kong (refilled about 4 times!) This is also helping him adjust to his crate since he gets yummy stuff in there.
~ We work on indoor training. Long down stays for Knox, and learning basic commands for Buddha. Mental stimulation is just as exhausting!
~ When all else fails, we play the staircase game. We have two sets of curvy windy stairs. One human goes to the top, the other stays down below with the pups. When called with a nice solid “HERE”, the dogs are released and race to the top of the steps for a treat, love, or a tug. Then the reverse, back downstairs. Then up. Sometimes they need some good ‘ol panting after a few days of being cooped up.
What do you do to tire your dogs out after a week of house arrest? We’d love some new suggestions!