The leaves are starting to turn color, and the weather is finally cooling off. Dogs love the drop in temperature and the falling leaves. They’ll relish the opportunity to enjoy fun outdoor adventures this fall. Here are some fun outdoor activities you can enjoy with your dog this autumn.
Head Out to the State Park
Most state parks have dog-friendly hiking trails for you both to enjoy. Pack up your backpack with water for the both of you, a collapsible bowl for your pooch, and some snacks for the trail. Bring along an old towel so your pup can take a dip in the creek. Before you head out, be sure to check the park’s rules about dogs and make sure your pup’s vaccines are up to date. When you leave the park, check your dog carefully for ticks, just in case he’s picked up some hitchhikers along the way.
Play in the Leaves
A massive pile of leaves in the backyard can be great fun for you and your dog. Hide some favorite toys or balls in the leaves for your dog to find. Small dogs will enjoy playing in leaves on the porch or in a kiddy pool. Be careful to avoid sharp sticks in the pile that could cause injury.
Hay Rides and Pumpkin Patches
Hayrides and pumpkin patches are essential fall fun, and searching for the perfect pumpkin is a tradition. Your pooch will enjoy the excitement and big orange balls to investigate. Hayrides and corn mazes are great fun for all, as well. Dogs will love the sights and scents while riding or walking around the farm. The fresh air will be a treat for both of you. Most of these events are outdoors, so it should be fine for your dog to attend. Still, it’s probably a good idea to check ahead with the event coordinators, just in case.
Trick or Treat
Dressing up in matching costumes will be a blast for you and your furry best friend. You can go trick or treating together or greet the trick or treaters at your door in your coordinating outfits. Just be cautious about your dog getting his paws on any candy, which could be hazardous to his health.
Fall is also a great time to start a new exercise routine since it’s cooler outside, and there’s nothing more fun than hitting the pavement with your best buddy. While your out and about, enjoy making memories and share your adventures with your friends to encourage them to get active with their pups, too.