Punctuation Choice in Strange Sentence - if-conditional/list

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I am currently writing a document intended to be informational. Perfect grammar is to be sacrificed for readability. I am stymied, though, at a punctuation choice in one particular sentence. It is a slightly strange sentence, but works best in the constraints of this document - clear wording, space, etc. The sentence follows this format:


If it rains, find the dogs, bring them inside, and wash their feet so they don't track mud everywhere.


With a standard if-conditional, the proper punctuation I am concerned with would be a comma, as in:


If it rains, find the dogs.


However, since I am in effect making a list of orders (which I am still not positive is perfect grammar), what punctuation mark would be suggested? I am currently leaning towards the dash/double-hyphen, but I am unsure.

Thank you!

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I think the dash would work. Another option is a bullet list.

 

If it rains:

  • find the dogs
  • bring them inside
  • wash their feet so they don't track mud everywhere.
link comment answered Jul 30 '13 at 00:51 Lewis Neidhardt Grammarly Fellow
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I like Lewis' answer. Another option...

Find the dogs if it rains. Then bring them inside and wash their feet so they don't track mud everywhere.

link comment answered Jul 30 '13 at 02:03 Patty T Grammarly Fellow
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I like Patty's and Lewis's answers. Yet another option:

 

If it rains, you should find the dogs, bring them inside, and wash their feet so they don't track mud everywhere.

link comment answered Jul 30 '13 at 13:32 Actually Holly Expert

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