Walking Tips

Walking a Dog In the Rain


by Mel Deutsher


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As the pitter-patter of raindrops beats a rhythmic tune on the windowpane, most folks might snuggle deeper into their blankets, grateful for the warmth and shelter. But for me, Mel, and the dedicated team at All For Furry Friends, the rainy Gold Coast mornings signal a different kind of tune—one that involves leashes, raincoats, and a chorus of excited barks. You see, for us and for the dogs we are committed to, a bit of rain is no reason to skip our daily jaunts. Read on to see Mel’s tips and advice on Walking a Dog In the Rain.

Walking your furry friend in rainy weather can seem daunting, and I understand the temptation to skip it altogether. However, our canine companions need regular exercise and the opportunity to explore, regardless of a drizzle or downpour. So, I’ve penned down my thoughts and advice on how best to walk your dogs in the rain—gleaned from years of trotting through showers and storms with tails wagging beside me.

This isn’t just about making do; it’s about embracing the splashy adventure with a wagging tail and a smile, come rain or high water. From the necessary dog rain gear to the post-walk warm-up, I’ll guide you through each step, ensuring that both you and your pooch can enjoy these wet walks safely and happily. Whether it’s a brisk walk to let your furry pal attend to their duties or a longer, energy-busting stroll for the larger breeds or the ever-energetic puppies, I’ve got you covered.

So, grab your raincoat, and let’s dive into the world of rainy-day dog walking, ensuring that neither rain nor storm keeps our four-legged friends from their much-loved and much-needed frolics outside.

Preparing for the Rain

Living on the Gold Coast means expecting the unexpected when it comes to weather. Rain can come on quickly and fast, turning a sunny day into a downpour in minutes. That’s why, as an experienced dog walker, I always plan ahead. In this section, I’ll walk you through the steps I take to prepare for a rainy dog walk, ensuring both comfort and safety for the dogs and myself.

Checking the Weather Forecast

The first step in preparing for any walk, especially here on the Gold Coast, is to check the weather forecast. Even a small chance of rain can turn into a sudden shower, so I make sure I’m prepared for the day ahead. Knowing what to expect helps me decide the length of the walk and what gear to bring along.

Choosing the Right Gear for Yourself

When it comes to rain, the right gear can make all the difference between a soggy, uncomfortable walk and a pleasant, dry one. Here’s what I gear up with:

  • Raincoat: I have a durable, waterproof raincoat that’s breathable to prevent overheating during our walks.
  • Waterproof Pants and Boots: Staying dry from head to toe is crucial, so I slip on some waterproof pants and comfortable boots that offer good traction to avoid slipping on wet surfaces.

Equipping Your Dog

Not all dogs are enthusiastic about stepping out in the rain, but the right gear can help:

  • Dog Raincoat: A well-fitted dog raincoat not only keeps your pooch dry but also reduces the amount of mud and dirt they’ll pick up on their fur. It’s essential for those with thick or long hair that takes ages to dry.
  • Visibility Gear: Safety is paramount, especially in poor weather conditions where visibility is reduced. Reflective vests for both the dog and me, or a collar with LED lights, ensure we’re both visible to others.

Training for Rainy Walks

Some dogs might be reluctant to step out into the rain at first. Here’s where a bit of training and positive reinforcement comes in handy. I start by getting them used to wearing a raincoat during dry walks. Then, we venture out for short stints in the rain, always followed by a treat or their favorite game. This way, the dogs associate rain with positive experiences.

Using the Right Equipment

As a professional dog walker on the Gold Coast, where the rain can be as much a playmate as the dogs themselves, I’ve learned that using the right equipment is not just helpful; it’s essential. Here’s a rundown of the doggy rain gear that I, and the dogs I walk, can’t do without when the clouds decide to open up.

The Trusty Umbrella

The humble umbrella is a dog walker’s ally on rainy days. While some pet owners might think it’s cumbersome, I’ve found a few tricks to make it work:

  • Hands-Free Umbrella: They strap onto your body, allowing you to keep both hands free for handling leashes and giving treats or pats.
  • Large Canopy Umbrellas: These offer more coverage for both me and my furry friend, ensuring we stay dry from head to paw.

But let’s not forget, umbrellas aren’t just for me. Some pups are fine with rain on their backs, but others, especially smaller or short-haired breeds, appreciate the extra shelter an umbrella provides.

Waterproof Leashes and Collars

You might think a leash is a leash, rain or shine, but I’ve seen my share of soggy, slippery grips to say otherwise:

  • Waterproof Material: I opt for leashes made from materials that don’t absorb water, like nylon or coated canvas, which are easy to clean and dry quickly.
  • Reflective Details: I make sure that the leashes and collars have reflective strips. It’s not just rain we deal with on the Gold Coast; it’s the misty mornings and early sunsets, too.

Dog Raincoat

Many people chuckle at the idea of a dog in a raincoat, but they’re incredibly practical:

  • Coverage: A good dog raincoat covers the back and belly. I always make sure it fits well, not too tight or too loose, so the dog can move freely.
  • Comfort: A comfortable dog is a happy walker. Some dogs dislike the feel of raincoats initially, but with patience and training, they can learn to associate it with positive experiences.

Comfortable Footwear

We’ve covered the dog, but let’s talk about the walker—me. Walking dogs in the rain is no fun if your feet are soaked within minutes. I wear waterproof boots with non-slip soles because keeping my footing is key, especially when I’m responsible for a canine companion. Also, look for dog rain boots.

Pack for Unpredictables

Lastly, I always bring a pack that contains:

  • Towels: For drying off the dogs.
  • Extra Leashes/Collars: Just in case something gets too wet or breaks.
  • Water-Resistant Bag: To keep my phone and keys dry.

With the right equipment in hand, walking dogs in the rain transforms from a chore into an enjoyable adventure. The dogs are happy, I’m comfortable, and we return home safe and as dry as possible. That’s what I call a win-win situation: come rain or high tide!

During the Walk

When the skies open up, and it’s time to hit the pavement with my four-legged clients, I’ve learned that a bit of rain doesn’t have to dampen our spirits. Here’s how I make the most of our rainy walks along the beautiful, albeit soggy, Gold Coast.

Handling Your Dog’s Mood

The first hurdle is often the dog’s attitude towards the rain. Some dogs are water enthusiasts, excited by every puddle, while others are more hesitant.

  • Enthusiastic Dogs: For the water-lovers, it’s about channeling their energy. I let them enjoy the wet walk but keep them under control so they don’t get too muddy or chilled.
  • Hesitant Dogs: For the more reluctant pups, I’m patient and encouraging. I keep the walk upbeat and the energy high so they feel reassured. Sometimes, it’s just about giving them time to adjust.

Quick Bathroom Breaks vs. Longer Walks

Depending on the dog’s needs and the intensity of the rain, the walk could be a quick in-and-out or a longer excursion.

  • Bathroom Breaks: For a quick walk, it’s straight to their favorite spot and back. I always reward them once they’ve done their business, so they associate the quick rainy trips positively.
  • Longer Walks: For dogs with bundles of energy or those who need more exercise, I map out a route that offers some shelter from the rain, like tree-lined paths or covered areas.

Keeping the Dog Safe and Comfortable

Safety is my top priority, so I keep a keen eye on the environment and the dog’s behavior.

  • Avoiding Hazards: I steer clear of slippery surfaces and fast-moving water. Flooded areas are a no-go, as hidden dangers can lurk beneath the surface.
  • Controlling the Pace: I let the dog set a comfortable pace and watch for signs of discomfort or cold. If they start shivering or show signs of wanting to go home, I cut the walk short.

Making the Walk Fun

A rainy day doesn’t mean a boring day. I keep the walk engaging by:

  • Playing Games: I encourage snuffle games where the wet dog can use their nose to find treats or toys, which keeps their mind off the rain.
  • Changing the Scenery: I choose routes with interesting smells and sights, keeping the dogs engaged with their surroundings despite the weather.

Post-Walk Care

I always have a towel ready at the end of the walk. It’s important to dry the dog off, especially their paws, to keep them comfortable and to prevent tracking water and mud into the house.

By being prepared and adaptable, I ensure every rainy walk is a positive experience for the dogs and me. Each splash through a puddle is met with a wagging tail, and I get to watch my furry friends learn that a little rain only adds to the adventure of their daily walks.


As the final raindrops trickle down and our wet walk concludes, I find a moment of gratitude for the fresh air and the greenery nourished by the rain, even as the Gold Coast sun begins to peek through the clouds once more. I, Mel from All For Furry Friends, have shared with you the ins and outs of walking our canine companions in the rain, from the thorough preparations to the joyful splashes along the puddle-strewn paths, all the way to the post-walk care that keeps our furry friends snug and happy.

Walking dogs in the rain is not just a necessity but an adventure that, when done right, can be as enjoyable as a walk under the blue skies. With the right attitude and equipment, each rainy walk can be transformed into a delightful experience filled with new scents and sounds for our dogs to enjoy. It’s a reminder of the simple joys and the resilience found in the wag of a tail or the shake of a wet coat.

Mel Deutsher

With years of experience working with dogs and animals, Mel provides professional and personal care for all engagements.

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