By Dawn Celapino
October 30, 2010 (San Diego) -- Most dogs don't care if it is raining, but some do. Most people do care if it’s, raining but some don't!
Exercising in the rain can be fun and can feel good-- but there are some things you may want to do to make your session safe and enjoyable for you and your dog.
1. Invest in some wicking socks. Wet feet are more prone to blisters. There are also many waterproof light weight jackets, shirts and shorts that will help keep you drier.
2. Stay clear of the roadways. Drivers sometimes drive crazy in the wet weather, not to mention the puddles that they drive through that may splash you. Stick to shaded trails, the trees will keep the rain away from you and Fido.
3. Don't forget about Fido. If your dog does not like the rain--you may want to invest in a doggy rain coat. Yep! You heard right, they make them and if Fido won't go out to do his business in the rain--it may be worth the investment.
4. Any hints of thunder and/or lightening then it is time to head home. Getting struck by lightening is rare but it does happen. It is not worth the chance. Plus, many dogs are frightened by the sounds of thunder.
5. Have a towel ready by the door for when you get home. Fido is going to need it unless you want him to run in your house and roll all over your clean carpet.
Running in the rain is refreshing and can be a lot of fun if you are prepared! My dog, Jack, personally love getting muddy and wet—he just don't like the bath that follows.
Dawn Celapino is a fitness trainer with www.LeashYourFitness.com. She has taught yoga, kickboxing, boot camp & sculpting classes in corporate, outdoor & residential settings. Dawn loves to run, hike, mountain & road bike, kayak, swim, surf, & yoga. As long as her Cairn Terrier, Jack, is with her, she is happy.