Dogs that hate rain

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PookieDo Wed 12-Jun-19 23:32:10

I have adopted a dog from a relative - long story but dog is happy with us right now and I don’t want him to be unsettled. He’s a small terrier is about 5

I walk him every day but he hates morning walks and just wants to go back home

And he won’t walk at all if it is wet out and is hard to get to go for a wee in the garden without a lot of coaxing

It’s rained all week and although I have made him go for at least a short walk, he’s really unhappy about being wet and I feel mean about making him. But then I am worrying he’s not getting enough exercise if I do not.

He lets me give him a bath without any fuss, he is a good dog. And I play with him indoors a lot

Does anyone else have a rain hating dog? Do you make them walk or just let them be until the weather improves?

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Didicat Wed 12-Jun-19 23:37:23

I had a Yorkie that detested the rain, but snow was fine. We’d literally walk round the block when wet 5 minutes tops, lovely dry spring day he’d happily romp 10 miles.

They are all different characters

PookieDo Wed 12-Jun-19 23:38:28

Same breed!

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BothALarkAndAnOwl Wed 12-Jun-19 23:39:50

Yes- I have one. She’s a Dalmatian and normally loves her walks but turns into a real princess in the rain. She has a nice waterproof coat but would really rather not go out at all. I often have to get behind her and literally push her outside for a wee.

Oddly, she’s quite happy to jump into a nearby river in pursuit of a stick or something she thinks might be edible.

But, yes, I do make her go out for walks in the rain. Even with indoor training or a kong to occupy her, she mithers without a walk. Maybe I’ll reconsider when she’s old or arthriticky!

BiteyShark Thu 13-Jun-19 05:46:56

Mine hates the heavy rain. He will tolerate it if we are walking with a ball but I can tell he doesn't like it (working cocker).

If it's bad we simply don't bother with a walk. I find that doing some trick training, sniffing out food/balls etc around the house or just having a chilled day is just fine. I don't worry about needing to go out to 'exercise' because you supposedly 'have to' but gauge it more on how my dog is and reacts.

Diddleysquat Thu 13-Jun-19 07:43:35

I have a rough and tumble, feisty and fierce terrier who turns into a pathetic ball of mush at the slightest bit of rainfall. She just curls into a sad little ball in the path and refuses to move. She has an equafleece coat in bright orange that she LOVES! She will climb into it almost without my help and then is happy to go for a 5mile hike anywhere you like in any amount of rain. She will even happily get her feet wet if she is wearing her fleece. Strange dog.

ChrisPrattsFace Thu 13-Jun-19 07:45:14

Many dogs hate rain because of the noise, not because it’s wet.
Avoid the walks if causing distress, increase your indoor play and praise any toileting outside when it rains!


Rhinorescue Thu 13-Jun-19 07:47:40

Bothalark I've got a Daily that hates the rain! He's just not interested in going out, he'll go to different doors though to see if it's not raining from another perspective! 🤪

Rhinorescue Thu 13-Jun-19 07:47:58

Dally even ...

cosytoaster Thu 13-Jun-19 07:51:16

My yorkie hates the rain too! Other than making him go out for a wee etc I don't force it and just wait for a break in the weather. Again, he's happy to walk for miles when it's not raining.

stucknoue Thu 13-Jun-19 08:07:49

Mine isn't keen on the garden or lead walks in the rain but doesn't care if off the lead at the park/countryside. He also isn't keen on mornings, he likes late nights though - he takes after the rest of the household

YippeeKayakOtherBuckets Thu 13-Jun-19 08:10:19

My chi won’t go outside in the rain, if it’s windy, snowy or if she just doesn’t like the look of it.

My lab would happily go out in hail and thunder.

Missing a walk because of the weather really isn’t the end of the world.

florentina1 Thu 13-Jun-19 08:11:31

My Terrier is the same, she also hates high wind. When it is really bad we just take her for a wee and poo walk. We have to bribe her with cheese to get the harness on and get her out of the door.

FrenchyQ Thu 13-Jun-19 08:23:47

My jack Russell is a rain hater too, we've tried everything to get him to go. We just about get him to do his business on the garden and then take him for longer walks on dry days.

Yokohamajojo Thu 13-Jun-19 08:41:52

Mine is a terrier too and doesn't like the rain, if I manage to get to the park and let him off, he is fine. Last night though we got about a 50m before he put the brakes on and refused to move. Tried again later when the rain was lighter and he was fine.

Accountant222 Thu 13-Jun-19 08:46:49

My schnauzers hate it also, they stand on 3 legs shivering

Singingcricket Thu 13-Jun-19 08:54:40

Pookiedo I would get your adoptee checked over by the vet I think. It's not usual for a 5 year old dog not to want to go for a walk unless it is raining or they are very overweight/unfit or they have a medical issue. (My daschunds hate the rain btw but could walk all day otherwise!).

Maybe he has joint pain, particularly bad in the mornings?

ErrolTheDragon Thu 13-Jun-19 09:18:26

My dachshund doesn't like the rain. He's not keen on doing much of a walk in our immediate locality either. But he can do a good long walk if we take him somewhere interesting. As he's 13 and in good health, it seems as though small dogs (he's a standard so not tiny) don't necessarily need walking every day.

CapybarasLoveCake Thu 13-Jun-19 09:25:30

Mine hates the rain. She really puts the brakes on if I open the door and it’s wet. I went to get her this morning for the school run but she quickly hid under a pile of washing, bless her.

junenotoffred Thu 13-Jun-19 09:26:51

Yep! Sounds familiar - my cav hates even slightly damp weather & now at 13 1/2 point blank refuses to get out of his bed when I wave the lead at him on damp days. If he could keep all 4 feet indoors & dangle his rear end out of the back door he would. He's always been the same, I just don't drag him out any more - he's an old man so happy to forgo a walk now & then (but like others, take him anywhere near the beach & he runs around in the sea like the bonkers hound he really is!). To be fair, I don't blame them!

bengalcat Thu 13-Jun-19 09:27:35

Yes my whippador hates rain and is terrified of thunder - funnily enough loves puddles , ponds etc and even in a drought will find water somewhere when out for a walk

GooodMythicalMorning Thu 13-Jun-19 09:28:36

My English bulldog hates it too. Its the sound of the rain dogs hate. don't think we'll be going far today.

PookieDo Thu 13-Jun-19 10:27:22

He’s been checked he’s very healthy, not overweight he is just lazy. Lying on you in bed is his most favourite thing ever and he doesn’t want to stop to go walk!

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MellowMelly Thu 13-Jun-19 10:34:18

My dog finds the rain far too distressing so I simply don’t take her out and I know that she utterly loves me more for that as she is super cuddly on rainy days grin

But she still needs to go outside for a wee and a poo so that in general does need coercive tactics (a firm shove does the trick or shouting ‘there’s a squirrel’)smile

spot102 Thu 13-Jun-19 10:37:14

Also have a jack Russel and a spot dog, both dislike the rain but to be fair neither has a thick coat, intact I would say both had positively thin coats, so quite understandable! Got to admit, I'm none too keen on rain either so tend to wait till it's stopped before we go walking. It's quite rare we don't walk at all as I find they get restless and find themselves something to do, usually something that you really don't want them to do!!
They obviously get let out for toilet breaks, but usually involves one of us cowering in the doorway trying to encourage the dogs out, followed by the dogs nipping out and practically weeing on the doorstep! Rain I'd definitely evil

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