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Dobeys and rain?

I know some of you you will think im crazy, but is it ok to walk dobeys in the rain? Its been raining for some days now and I need to get Thunder out to exercise a bit. I always dry him off and make sure hes warm and dry when we get home. Just wondering your thoughts if you think im mean thats fine too.
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It is a well known fact that dobes melt in the rain, didn't you know.

My boy Diesel would prefer not to be in the rain at all, looks at me like I am crazy and will try to go back into the house. But you have to do what you have to do. He'll be just fine, I know some people on this forum do use raincoats you could search those threads to get some brand ideas.
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When it's raining our female will do her business and pull me straight home. She absolutely hates rain
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My guy is nuts.. He tries to eat the rain in vain.. Its rather entertaining to watch... his ears go down airplane style and he goes more and more annoyed with the rain hitting his face so he then tries to try to eat it and then he gets REALLY mad when the rain keeps comming so he starts jumping in the air and barking... I dont even need to walk him when it rains hahaha... Just stick him in the back yard grab the camera and he tires himself out.

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If I didn't exercise my dog in the rain, he wouldn't get any for 5 months of the year.

I live in Oregon.

It may not be his favorite thing, but he doesn't get a choice LOL.... He's more used to it now.


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My dobie doesnt mind rain and snow because she's an outdoor a lot.
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Monster hates the rain. She absolutely will not go out in it, but then she's a puppy and she gets cold rather easily. We had to set an easy-up canopy up outside our front door to give her a place to go outside and go pee/poo. Even then, the SOUND of the rain sends her flying back to the door.

Like someone else said, they make rain coats and sweatshirts and even little shoe-type things to cover their feet in weather like this. Apparently not many Doberkids enjoy the rainy/cold weathers, so you're definitely not alone in this.

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Ellie hates the rain, on a rainy day I swear shell only go to the loo about once or twice all day! Ava on the other hand isn't so worried she doesnt particually like it but when she's gotta pee she's gotta pee

As for walking them in the rain I'm a bit of a softie, if it really heavy rain I'll let then skip a days walk but will make up for it with extra training and games in the house but if it rains for more than 2 days in a row then I make them go out. To be honest once they're running round the woods they soon forget about the rain!

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I went to the chevron around the block the other night and it was windy and semi cold (for az) TRI came with me and when we opened the door to leave it was raining. TRI took one look outside and said NOPE he sat down and refused to move. He such a wimp he had his coat on and once I put his hood on he was ok but still ran all the way home.

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Originally Posted by canadian_mole View Post
It is a well known fact that dobes melt in the rain, didn't you know.

My boy Diesel would prefer not to be in the rain at all, looks at me like I am crazy and will try to go back into the house. But you have to do what you have to do. He'll be just fine, I know some people on this forum do use raincoats you could search those threads to get some brand ideas.
No they don't melt!! they shrink, I have got 4 Manchester Terriers now as I gave them all a bath last week (and red Manchester Terriers are vey rare)

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When Shannon thinks its raining she sticks one paw out the door as a test. It is hysterical. Once she feels the rain she becomes dead weight and I have to drag her out the door. Sooner or later she will realize the rain wont melt her.
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A lot of short coated dogs don't much like rain--but if they find out they are going to be doing something they like to do they forget all about the rain.

One of my dogs who really was convinced that he was going to melt in the rain forgot all about it when I started tracking with him--I'm in the Pacific Northwest too so if my dogs didn't go out to do things in the rain they'd get zero exercise for about 5 months. Once I started tracking the meltable Dobe it made no difference what it was doing outside--could be torrential rain, sleet or snow or perfect sunny weather--once he saw the tracking harness come out he was all for getting out.

I do dry the dogs off when they come in soaked but that's as much of a concession as they get from me...if I can survive rain, so can they.

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In heavy rains here, I have to shove T out the door to potty. We don't walk in the rain just because of the mess I have to clean up when we all get back in the house again. But if it is a few days, I'll bring T out on his own or we load into the car and Ryan gets a rain coat (he is basically naked and will get soaked in even a light rain) and Jet and T go naked and we play at the beach to wear them out a bit, dry them off, toss them back in the car and back home we go.
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