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11 Fun Things To Do With Dogs Outside This Fall

September 11, 2021 | by

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The leaves are turning, and the crisp fall air rolling in….but don’t bring out your winter coat just yet! There are plenty of fun activities that you and your pup can partake in this fall. Take advantage of the beautiful autumn weather before it gets too chilly out! Here are 11 fun things to do with your dog this fall.

1. Take a Scenic Hike

Hitting the trails doesn’t mean you have to leave your pup behind! In fact, pets are allowed on many trails within both national, and state parks across America. Summer can be a tough time to hike, with the heat and humidity taking their toll on both you and your pet. Luckily, as the cool, fall air approaches, now is the perfect opportunity to take your pet to the nearest pet-friendly trail. Trails do differ a bit from your typical walk down the street. Always stay aware of your surroundings (especially in bear country). Depending on where you are located within the United States, familiarize yourself and be aware of the local wildlife (bears, snakes, moose, elk, bison, etc.), and plant life (harmful mushrooms, poison ivy, poison oak, etc.). Always keep your pet leashed on hikes: consider investing in a hands-free hiking leash. This small investment makes hiking, or even walking with your pet far more enjoyable than with a handheld leash.

2. Visit a Dog-friendly Pumpkin Patch

If you and your family are considering taking a ride to your nearest pumpkin patch, take your pup along for the trip! Many pumpkin patches are dog-friendly, just make sure to check with your specific location ahead of time...but the fun doesn’t stop there! Carve out some awesome designs on your pumpkins with a carving kit, or bake some pet-friendly pumpkin treats that you both can enjoy! Pumpkin is safe for pets to consume, being that it is fiber-rich and contains many vitamins and minerals. Contact your pet’s veterinarian about appropriate portion sizes for your pet.

3. “Tail” gate Football Games

With Fall approaching, so too does football! Attending tailgates is always a good time, but even more so when your pet comes along for the party. If you plan on dressing your pet in your favorite team’s gear, plan on getting lots of attention! Before bringing your pet along, it’s important to check that your venue allows pets, and only bring your pet if you’re certain they are good with other dogs and people. Keep your pet near you at all times, and always keep an eye on them (to make sure they aren’t stealing any barbequed foods!)

4. Take Your Pup Kayaking/Canoeing

Fall is a great time to get on the water, and if your pup loves it too, why not bring them! Early on in the fall, the water is still warm enough for a quick dip, and the cool air makes kayaking and canoeing far more enjoyable than humid summer days. It is always a good idea to bring a life jacket for yourself and your pup.

5. Visit a Dog-friendly Apple Orchard

Apple-picking is a great late-summer to early-fall activity to include your pet in. If you live in an area where orchards are present, search around for dog-friendly locations. If your orchard allows, take your pup on hayrides, go through the corn maze, and take some fresh apples home to make fall treats! Like pumpkins, apples are a great source of vitamins and fiber. Always be sure to remove the seeds prior to making your pup's treats. Speak with your pet’s veterinarian about appropriate portion sizes for your pet.

6. Attend a Dog-friendly Outdoor Festival

Some of the best festivals take place in both the spring and fall. Whether they're related to arts and crafts, food, music, pets, or all of the above, festivals can be a great place to experience it all. Not only will your pet enjoy themselves, but taking them to events such as these are great to socialize them. Getting your dog accustomed to crowds, various smells, and other pets at a young age will make traveling with them possible, and an overall, much more enjoyable experience.

7. Have a Picnic with Some of Your Favorite Fall Treats

After going pumpkin and apple picking, you’ll likely have an abundance of fall treats. Invite some friends over—both four and two-legged—and have a potluck with dog and human-friendly treats! This is a great way to socialize your pet and allow for some playtime with some of their best pals.

8. Go Camping

With so many things to do—day hikes, swimming, hanging out by a campfire—camping trips make for some of the best memories with your pet. Camping exposes your pet to various sights, smells, and sounds, and is a great form of socialization for them. Your pet will love the experience, and will want to join you on your future camping escapades! Find a pet-friendly campground, and be sure to keep an eye on your pet at all times, especially when it begins to get dark out. Use a stake leash or light-up collar to keep track of their whereabouts at the campground.

9. Go on a Bike Ride

Take in the beautiful fall foliage on a bike ride with your pup. There are a few options to take your pup on a bike ride with you. For medium to larger dogs, getting a bike leash is a great option. Not only does this keep your pet from straying, but it also keeps them distanced from your bike—to avoid any injuries were they to run into it. Before investing in a bike leash, remember that your pet should be in good condition, physically, and should already be good walking, and running, on a leash. It is best to consult your pet's veterinarian beforehand to get their medical opinion on whether this decision is best for your pet. If your dog is on the smaller end, consider harnessing them into a basket on the front of your bike, as a leash will be too short to reach them (and their tiny legs may have a hard time keeping up with you!)

10. Throw a Festive Doggie Photoshoot

Many pet parents have difficulty finding the perfect backdrop for their pet's photos. Take advantage of the beautiful fall colors and throw your pup their very own photoshoot! Rake up a bunch of leaves, add some gourds and pumpkins, and dress your pup up in scarves, hats, and glasses. You’ll have the opportunity to take the perfect social media-worthy pictures!

11. Go Trick-or-Treating

If your family is planning on going trick-or-treating this Halloween, why not bring your dog along? There are many family costume ideas that your pet can be included in….and they’ll likely be very popular on your trick-or-treating route! Remember to make sure your pet is comfortable in their costume, and there is nothing they could potentially injure themself with.

These recommendations are not given by veterinary specialists, as they are our personal recommendations. It is advised you look into each product prior to purchasing, and consult with your pet's veterinarian regarding any questions. Traveling Creatures is an affiliate and is in no way responsible for circumstances that may occur with the use of any of the recommended products.

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