Dog walking in the rain.

(49 Posts)
MamaDoGood Mon 12-May-14 17:34:45

Have had my DDog for 6 months now, he has transformed my life and I dote on him. He is a beautiful 9 month old pug.

I Walk him at least once a day but, keep the walks short due to his size/the breeds problems with overheating.

I've had 3 comments recently regarding walking him whilst his raining. MIL reckons I shouldn't.

Do other MN avoid walking their dogs in the rain? confused
It doesn't bother me or pup btw!

RudyMentary Mon 12-May-14 17:36:05

I walk mine in the rain but she's a gun dog. She's beeds to be out in all weathers.

Could it be the breed? A raincoat perhaps

RudyMentary Mon 12-May-14 17:36:22

Bred to be

SpicyPear Mon 12-May-14 17:38:17

Nothing at all wrong with walking him in the rain. It's great to maintain exercise. I walk my younger dog in all weathers. The staffie on the other hand point blank refuses to walk in the rain so I don't make her.

Floralnomad Mon 12-May-14 17:39:38

I have a terrier x and he gets walked in all weathers .He does wear a selection of Equafleece jumpers in the worst of the weather.

Needadvice5 Mon 12-May-14 17:43:25

My dalmatian loves going for walks in the rain but my Shizthu refuses to step out the door!

your MIL sounds a bit precious! its a dog not a fluffy toy!

Isthatwhatdemonsdo Mon 12-May-14 18:29:14

I walk my golden retriever in the rain. I hate it him not so much.

Eric loves to get wet and muddy but he's a reluctant walker when the rain is still falling. Once there's puddles though he loves to get out there.

Gooner123 Mon 12-May-14 18:31:42

We go out in all weather,if it's really chucking it down I will put his waterproof coat on,& make the walk a bit shorter ( that's for my benefit ),on the plus side a bit of rain makes his hair nice and soft.

TrinityRhino Mon 12-May-14 18:32:41

I walk in the rain too
thought everyone did

they still need a walk
however Lolly is not keen on being wet

PeanutPatty Mon 12-May-14 18:38:12

Dogs are waterproof! wink

Seriously if your dog is happy to go out in the rain then go. As long as s/he is towelled off when you get home and not left to shiver then I don't see any problems.

ApoqA Mon 12-May-14 18:47:07

Buy him this?

Abra1d Mon 12-May-14 18:49:18

I've never heard of not walking dogs in the rain! Sometimes you just have to. My terrier goes out in all weathers, though I try and judge her walks for non-raining as I dislike it.

Trollsworth Mon 12-May-14 19:01:06

My jack Russell refuses point blank to go outside in heavy rain, and I don't blame her.

tabulahrasa Mon 12-May-14 19:02:18

My dog hates the rain, I drag him out anyway...I mean if I waited for it to not be raining...well I think there was a few days over easter there and there might be a couple more in July, lol

Owllady Mon 12-May-14 19:03:54

We walk in the rain, wet through to your pants type walking
It's okay until you get home and have to peel your clothes off confused

SnakeyMcBadass Mon 12-May-14 19:04:31

The spaniel would go out if it was raining fire, and we go out in all weathers. The poodley thing has to be coaxed and gets cold quickly, so I put a coat on him.

Lilcamper Mon 12-May-14 19:08:51

Mine hates going out in the garden when it is raining. Walks are a different thing though. And he is a gun dog, he is special.

My terrier goes out in all weathers. I actually quite like an empty park in the pouring rain!

I did get him.a coat but he looked so disgusted you'd have thought I'd tried to dye him pink! So now we don't bother. He is happy to get wet and filthy.

MamaDoGood Mon 12-May-14 19:25:53

Thank you all for assuring me I'm not a terrible dog owner.
He does have coats (but not waterproofs - must invest grin)

moosemama Mon 12-May-14 19:41:39

I love walking my dogs in the rain. The park/fields are empty but for committed dog owners, the general standard of behaviour and control is much higher and my Lurchers can have free reign to do what Lurchers do best and really run, with no fear of anyone getting Lurchered and ending up with broken bones.

My pup has a very fine coat and isn't keen on the rain. He hates going in the garden if it's raining and wears a coat when we go walking, but he completely forgets his hatred of the wet-stuff as soon as he's allowed off-lead for zoomies. grin

My SCWT loathed going for walks in the rain though, I would have had to literally drag her along she was so determined not to go, so on really wet days (as opposed to a bit of drizzle) she would stay curled up in the warm and dry and I'd just take the other two.

PeanutPatty Mon 12-May-14 20:13:11

Ah yes the added bonus of having parks and woods all to yourself!

Ohbyethen Mon 12-May-14 20:30:47

My lot have to go out in the rain, there's work to be done.

It's rare the heavy coated get wet to the skin and even in the most disgusting weather the steam pours off them while they work.
The others may get wet to the skin but a lighter coat doesn't trap it there to chill them.

Up feed through winter and keep them moving is usually enough to keep them nice and toasty.

I'll put waterproofs or drying jackets on them though if they are going to have long periods of waiting around outside or in a non heated car after any exercise because wet and sat still causes chills ime. I'll also put warm jackets on my old ones so their joints don't get cold now they like a more sedate pace.
Tbh most of the pet dogs I see are so fat they'd need an ice age before they needed a coat.

Bubble2bubble Mon 12-May-14 20:59:15

Oh I love walking in the rain, wetter the better, and my dogs don't care. Love being out with only hard core dog ownersgrin . Good weather just brings out the one walk a week brigade who are scared of offlead dogs ( thats just round here though, not saying the same for everywhere )

moosemama Mon 12-May-14 22:32:58

Bubble, do you live near me? grin

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