Rainy Day Activities with Your Dog in NYC
Unfortunately April’s showers bring muddy dog parks and trails – making your spring time exercise with your pooch a little unreliable and very muddy! With April showers comes stir crazy New Yorkers… and their dogs! Considering that dogs need at least 30 minutes of aerobics every day, here’s 5 rainy day activities that will get you and your pup through April’s ruff weather!
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1. Indoor Doggy Day Care
As pack animals by nature, dogs are naturally social animals. Rather than keeping Sparky cooped up during a spring shower, consider dropping him off at a state-of-the-art doggy day care facility, where he can romp with friends while you get errands done.
Fetch Club offers a 12 hour schedule complete with breakfast, nap time, one-on-one walks on a pier, lunch, playdates, and of course lots of toy time. If you’re feeling extra generous, you can even set your pooch up with an appointment at the doggy spa for a blueberry facial or an aromatherapy treatment. Best of all? The facilities are equipped with a webcam, so while you’re getting stuff done, you can still peak in!
2. Do an Indoor Workout
If it’s raining cats and dogs outside, don’t let that paws your fitness goals! Just because you can’t jog around Central Park to chase squirrels doesn’t mean you have to miss our on your daily workout! Thanks to the power of YouTube, throw on a group fitness video and wag your tail along your pup’s! You can even track his movement with a pooch-made fitness tracker, such as the FitBark. The collar-attached device tracks your dog’s activity and sleep, and can be linked with your FitBit so you stay fit together, no matter what workout you’re doing!
3. Visit a Local Pet Boutique
One place in NYC where dogs are always welcome is pet boutiques! A fun rainy day outing is to visit one together – complete with doggy rain coats and a themed umbrella for you! Canine Styles is filled to the brim with the most adorable dog accessories, fashions, treats, grooming supplies, beds and blankets, and of course toys! You can also be sure there will be plenty of other posh furry friends shopping as well to play with!
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4. Set Up a Doggy Play Date
Are a few of your apartment neighbors four-legged furballs? Since dogs are our kids, and therefore we’re dog parents, set up playdates for “the kids” indoors when it’s raining. Take turns hosting indoor playdates with another dog parent on your floor, in your building, or across the street!
If you don’t know of any pooches and their owners personally, consider using an app such as Bark Happy to connect with other fur parents.
5. Bake (and Taste Test!) Treats Together
With a variety of recipes, ranging from training treats for puppies to healthy snacks for senior dogs, there’s truly something to be made for every breed. Put on a little music (Who Let The Dogs Out?, maybe?) and have a dance party together in the kitchen while you’re baking!
If baking isn’t your forte, you can order in pre-made but still scrumptious treats, such as a Pup-Pie from Lazy Dog Cookies. All of their products are made with simple, beneficial ingredients free of wheat, corn, soy, egg, and meat, that not only make them delicious, but also naturally nutritious.