Congratulations, you’ve made it through the dog days of summer. Now that the heat and humidity levels have eased, you and your dog can look forward to a fresh, new season of fun activities. Here are a few of our favorites:
You know all those long hikes you wanted to take with your dog but didn’t because it was too hot? Now that the summer is over, it’s the perfect time to get out there! The colors are radiant, the air is crisp, and you and your dog can cover more ground comfortably than during the hotter months.
Before heading out, check to make sure dogs are permitted on the trail. And always bring a leash (most trail regulations stipulate that dogs must be leashed), fresh drinking water (for both of you), something yummy to munch (for both of you), and anything you need to scoop your dog’s poop. Of course, never overdo it with a senior dog. If your older dog isn’t up for a long hike, there’s nothing wrong with a “hike-ette.”
Dog park adventures
Not in the mood for a hiking trail? Then enjoy the beauty of the season and some canine companionship at your favorite dog park. This accommodating weather brings out dogs and owners who took refuge in their air-conditioned homes during the hotter months.
Remember the fun you had as a kid jumping into/running through leaf piles? Lots of dogs enjoy this type of autumnal mayhem, too. For older dogs, a fluffy leaf pile can be a nice bed to relax in. Just make sure there’s nothing hidden in the leaf pile (like a branch) that can hurt your dog.
Check local listings to see if there are any pet parades in your area. Many towns hold these popular events at this time of year.
Pumpkin picking—Okay, so maybe your dog isn’t interested in picking pumpkins, but he’ll undoubtedly enjoy walking around the pumpkin patch with your family. Just check with the pumpkin patch’s owner to make sure it’s okay. And keep him on his leash, of course.
Speaking of pumpkin, did you know that many dogs enjoy the taste of pumpkin? Try adding a dollop of pumpkin to your dog’s food and see he’s a pumpkin-lovin’ pooch.
No survey of fall fun would be complete without mentioning Halloween. You and your dog can get into the holiday spirit by dressing up in costumes and hitting the streets with your kids for some trick-or-treating. But make sure your dog is comfortable in his costume. If he protests, let him go trick-or-treating as a natural dog. And always keep him on a leash.
Important trick-or-treat safety reminder:Keep candy—especially chocolate—away from your dog!
Cozy up together—The cooler evenings are a great time to cuddle up together with a blanket and read a book, watch TV, or just enjoy some autumnal quiet time together.