Do Dogs Like the Rain?

If you have dogs, you likely have an immediate thought about whether they like the rain or not. Some dogs enjoy watching it from the window but aren’t big fans of going outside and getting wet. Other dogs can’t wait to take advantage of the situation and roll around in the mud when you take them out. Do dogs like the rain? How much is too much?

About Leaving Dogs Outside in the Rain

No matter how your curious canine feels about the rain, it is important to know that no dog should be stuck outside in the rain for a long period of time.

If your dog needs to go outside and relieve himself, and it happens to be raining, allowing him to go out for a moment is unavoidable. If a sudden downpour happens while your dog is already outdoors, bring your dog in quickly and dry him off the best that you can.

Keep in mind that the breed of dog you have matters when it comes to them having natural protection from the rain. If you have a Labrador, your dog is designed to go in and out of water. On the other hand, a Chihuahua has minimal fur to protect it and it feels the effects of cold and rain much more quickly.

Protecting Your Dog From the Rain

Yes, they make raincoats and rain boots for dogs, but many dogs detest wearing them. Instead of dealing with a wet pup, you may have a highly-frustrated one instead.

If your dog must be outside when it is raining, an adequate shelter should always be provided so that your dog can stay safe and dry.

Can Dogs Get Sick From the Rain?

Yes, your dog can get sick from being out in the rain, if the temperature is cold. The combination of cold air and water can cause your dog’s lungs to become vulnerable. You should take your dog to the vet immediately if you notice any of the following symptoms:

  • Coughing
  • Runny nose
  • Shallow breathing
  • Wheezing
  • Lethargy

Keep Your Dog Entertained While It’s Raining

Your dog may not understand why you won’t let him play outside in a torrential downpour. Sometimes mom or dad just knows best!

Have a food puzzle toy at the ready to keep your dog busy for a little while until the storm passes over. You could also use this time to teach your dog a new trick, using their favorite treats like cut-up hot dogs.

If you have stairs, playing fetch by having them run up and down them to chase a tennis ball should give them a good workout.

If your dog’s favorite place is your lap, use this time to snuggle and enjoy a little quality time. Your dog will likely appreciate your effort to show them you care.   


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