What to do on Rainy Days?

Yesterday and today have been horrible as far as the weather goes. Rain and a cold wind makes it unpleasant to go out for a walk, though we managed yesterday and today when it stopped for a short while, but it got me thinking.

When we were kids, we’d be able to get the crayons or paints out and make our own fun.
Or we could sit in front of the telly, read, write letters or even have a nap!
Sadly that’s not something you can do with a young pup, not that she’s demanding to go out all the time. In fact she sleeps a lot which is typical of pups and something I do remember with both Barney and Maggie, it was like throwing a switch.

Dogs get bored, even older dogs, and if left alone, it can lead to chewing the furniture or going where they’re not wanted. I had a friend years ago who had a wired haired terrier who made a nest on their bed when she had her first season. Not too dramatic you might think, except everything was white, from the carpet to the counterpane, sheets and curtains, it was like walking into a clinic.
Maya is content to chew on her chew, teddy, or raggy rope, then she flops and sleeps for about an hour or so. We are remembering to close doors and not leave things hanging or dangling to tempt her, especially computer cables! Slippers, socks and jumpers are of interest too so we daren’t leave them lying around.

When the weather’s kind, we can take her out for short walks, but at the moment all three of us would be soaked and quite honestly, it’s not worth it.
Dogs like to play don’t they, be it fetch in the garden (a soggy quagmire just now so a non starter other than for toileting) or tug of war indoors with her raggy. We can hardly get out the Scrabble or pack of cards to keep her entertained, but again after a little while she’ll flop and sleep, so we take full advantage and try to catch up with other things.

There is always the option of feeding her out of mealtimes, but apart from her chew, we are keeping biscuits as rewards. Five are put out each day so that we know how many she’s had. We have upped her kibble though to the next age band, and keeping meal times to breakfast around 7am, dinner around midday and tea about 5pm, which is now, so I’m off to the kitchen. She recognises this as the food room, and which cupboard has her stuff in it. She’s one smart cookie.

About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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26 Responses to What to do on Rainy Days?

  1. She IS smart!! I can’t believe how much she’s figured out in so short a time. But GSDs are known to be a very smart breed.

    • Not the smartest though, apparently that accolade is reserved for standard poodles, the ones with the pom pom hair cuts!

      • That’s news to me but they deserve it, I guess. Its amazing how much young dogs can figure out pretty fast. I hope she doesn’t keep you on your feet too much. Greyhounds are called “the fastest couch potatoes” 😁 they have their 5 minutes fast action and then sleep the rest of the day. Sherky is even too lazy to chew shoes or sofas 🤣

      • I don’t mind greyhounds and used to work down the dog track in the late 1980s. We have two beauties locally and they are totally laid back. My previous GSDs were older so having one from a pup is new territory for me, though we’ve had puppies
        before. She certainly keeps us on our toes, but the rewards will be worth it.

      • Absolutely. I am so happy for you 🥰

      • Good morning, they certainly are. Did you see, that I started to share the narrowboat YouTube erst on my blog? I also share others alternatively 🥰

      • Yes, I had. Hubby watches a lot of them. Before we bought ours, we were able to talk to several narrow boaters and got some idea about what the life would be like. They were really helpful.

      • That’s the impression we get too. Boaters are an incredibly helpful bunch. And so many different vlog styles. It’s amazing 🥰

      • We had a poodle when I was a child, but ours was a medium size, relatively small. And we didn’t groom him with pom poms. His hair cut was like a lamb. He ADORED my mother. He stuck to her side like glue.

      • Tuppy was a miniature poodle and we looked after her a few times when we were on the boat.
        She and Maggie got on very well.

      • They are even tempered and placid dogs, at least ours was. He was apricot coloured when born, but became more cream coloured after about 8 or 9 months.

      • Beautiful. Tuppy was black and a little sweetheart.

  2. willowdot21 says:

    We are loving this Di, it’s like having a puppy by proxy….and I am keeping Ruby up to date with Maya’s progress💜💜💜💜

  3. ❤ It's normal for your focus to be Maya centric just now. You and she both have some adjustments to make, and I'm sure everything is going just fine. It's pouring down here too, and a certain little Mister is grouchy (not only because he went to the vet, but because he absolutely hates getting wet. I wonder if he were a cat in a previous life? 😉

    • We’ve just got back from a short walk round the block as the rain had stopped. No-one about and she was almost perfect on the lead so we were well pleased. Something attracted her attention and it took a while to get her focused again, but she’s coming along so well. She should sleep well tonight!

  4. murisopsis says:

    Bravo! Sounds like everything is as it should be – conscientious owners, energetic pup, exhibition of brains and attention! I love these little updates on Maya’s progress!

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