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Old 07-10-2008, 09:23 AM   #1
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Well, I don't know about you guys in the US, but in the UK we are having the most awful Summer so far. It's wet and miserable and yesterday it didn't stop raining once all day!!! I'm not really here to talk about the weather (even though it's us Brits favourite passtime!) I'm here to ask about walking the dog in bad weather.

Because Lyra is a mini dashie and so low to the ground, she hates going out in the rain as she gets very wet. I've tried to walk her in just a light drizzel and she wined the whole time and I took her home again! This week the weather has been wet, cold and horrible so I've avoided walking her and have been playing fetch with her indoors, so she is still running around. At just under 5 months old, she should only have about 25mins walking time anyway.

Should I try and get her used to the bad weather (winter isn't long aroung the corner!) and force her to walk or is it OK to keep her indoors when it's pouring with rain? I don't much like going out in it either if I'm honest!

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Hi there,

Just to let you know, most dachies HATE the rain!!!

We've had 5 and none of them like to go out in it, their tummies are so low to the ground that the slightest puddle gets them all sopping wet and cold. They're prone to getting chilled in the winter too as their tummies are close to the cold ground.

It's maybe worth investing in a little coat, a warm one for winter and a waterproof one for rain which we did for some of ours and it helped them stay warm.

To be honest, with ours, they hated the rain so much that we didn't force a long walk in bad weather. They'd still get enough walk for exercise and we always dried them off thoroughly when they got home. Make sure you get Lyra's torso and tummy dry as soon as you get home or she can get tummyache.
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Arh, bless the poor little things! I'm glad it's not just Lyra then. I can just see her in a little doggie mac! ha ha.

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I saw some small size waterproofs on sale in Pets at Home!

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It rained here all day mostly so rain has been a big issue and being very hot and humid to even walk any dog. Mine have been running the tennis ball as usual, but it is really too hot.

Maybe play some house games for exercise and forget the rain walks for now. Hide n seek, rolling a ball in a large room, etc.
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I don't walk my dogs in the pouring rain, & we had a lot of it when we brought Tilba home. As suggested there are lots of things you can do in the home. Teach her some tricks, roll over, shake hands, high 5. Start teaching her to fetch.
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The weather is horrid right now, I don't blame you for not taking her out. You should probably invest in a waterproof and padded coat for when it starts to get colder and only take her out if it's a very light drizzle.

I was planning to take Kai up to Dartmoor today but decided that it probably wasn't that practical because it normally resembles a bog after it rains like it was last night.
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