Many of you know that we live in the (often) rainy city of Portland, Oregon. When we first moved here, I spent time working as a dog walker, and have acquired a few great tips for walking your dog in the rain along the way. I’m going to share a few of those tips with you today.
The older Bear gets, the less he seems to appreciate the rain. In fact, he will sometimes choose to not go outside for a potty break until after the rain stops. We keep their leashes and jackets hanging in the back porch area between the house and yard so that we can easily slip a jacket on Bear so he’ll go out. Scooter on the other hand doesn’t seem to mind the rain one bit. His coat tends to get frizzy and unmanageable if rained on frequently though, so it’s really in both dogs’ best interest to have a rain jacket to cover up with during the frequent showers.
The RC Pets Packable Rain Poncho is great for us to strap onto the ends of Bear and Scooter’s leashes so we’re prepared for showers popping up during our walks throughout the rainy season- sometimes we’ll simply throw them into our pockets too- if we’re already carrying a pickup bag dispenser on the leash.
We also love these ponchos for all our backpacking and camping adventures with the dogs because they’re lightweight and easily packable we can always be prepared to protect the pups from the elements. Not having stinky wet dogs makes it much more pleasant to spend the evening in a tent together too We haven’t yet tested them during hours of downpour, and I’m not certain how long they would hold up, but for our needs thus far they have been working well.
Aside from having a great poncho or rain jacket to protect your pup, there are a few other tips I can suggest to make walking in the rain a bit easier on all involved.
Tips for Walking Your Dog in the Rain:
- Avoid nylon leashes at all costs! I opt for leather or our Flexi Vario leash because it has a lighted band that makes me feel safer while we walk. Neither of these leashes get as gross or quality compromised as a nylon leash does when wet.
- If you’re walking in an absolute downpour, it can be a good idea to have a few extra pick up bags in your pocket as it’s sometimes nice to work with a dry bag to begin with.
- Don’t take treats on walks in the rain unless you’re working really hard with your dog on something. The tendency to become a sticky, gross, fragrant mess is too much.
- Invest in a great waterproof rain jacket for yourself, you’ll tolerate much longer walks much happier. I have worn and loved this jacket for the past 2 years.
- I didn’t know rain pants existed until after moving to Portland, but they’re an amazing invention! Ohh…and rain shoes too!! Seriously, you can’t make this stuff up!
So how about you guys? What are your top tips for a tolerable walk in the rain?
Disclaimer: I was sent the RC Pets Packable Poncho for review purposes. I was not compensated in any way for my opinion. As always, all opinions expressed are my own & I only share products that I find relevant to my own fur family & that I think my readers would try love. Thank you for supporting brands that make SheSpeaksBark possible.