7 Fall Activities to Enjoy with Your Dog

dog sitting in fall leaves

So 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 new season of hiking, pumpkin picking and more. Why not add some of our favorite dog-friendly activities to your fall bucket list? These ideas will help keep you and your furry pal active and healthy all autumn long.

Tip: Make sure your pup has the energy they need for all your autumn adventures by feeding them nutritious and balanced food, such as PEDIGREE® HIGH PROTEIN Beef & Lamb Wet Dog Food.



Dog walking through fall leaves

Hiking

The colors are radiant, the air is crisp and you and your dog can cover more ground before breaking a sweat than during the hotter months. Now is the perfect time to enjoy the great outdoors!

Before heading out, check to make sure dogs are permitted on your chosen trail. Always bring:

  • A leash; most trail regulations stipulate that dogs must be leashed
  • Fresh drinking water for both of you
  • Something yummy to munch on — trail mix for you and a tasty DENTASTIX™ treat for your pup
  • Bags to scoop your dog’s poop

If your dog isn’t up for a long hike, there’s nothing wrong with a shorter trek. The fresh air and scenery will still do you and your dog good.


Dog Park Adventures

Not in the mood for a hiking trail? Enjoy the beauty of the season and some canine companionship at your favorite dog park. The crisp fall weather brings out dogs and owners who took refuge in their air-conditioned homes during the summer.

Make sure your pup has a collar and leash for your trip to the dog park, and pay attention to whether areas are marked as leashed or off-leash.

Remember to keep an eye on your dog at all times to make sure they’re not getting into trouble or a disagreement with other dogs. Above all, have fun!



dog laying down in pile of leaves

Leaf-pile Mischief

Remember the fun you had as a kid jumping into leaf piles? Lots of energetic dogs enjoy this type of autumnal mayhem, too. For older dogs, a fluffy leaf pile can be a nice bed to relax in.

Turn your yardwork into a bonding activity by raking or blowing leaves into one big pile or several smaller piles around your yard. Just make sure there’s nothing hidden in the leaf pile, like a branch or rock, that could hurt your dog.


Pumpkin Picking

While your dog probably isn’t interested in picking pumpkins, they’ll undoubtedly enjoy walking around the pumpkin patch with your family. Check with the pumpkin patch’s owner to make sure the location is dog-friendly. And keep your pooch on their leash, of course.

Speaking of pumpkin, did you know many dogs enjoy the taste of this classic fall flavor? Try adding a dollop of plain canned pumpkin to your dog’s food and see if it gets their tail wagging.


Halloween Fun

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. Bonus points if your costumes coordinate! Just make sure your dog is comfortable in their costume. If they protest, let them go trick-or-treating as … a dog. And always keep your pup on a leash.

Important trick-or-treat safety reminder: Keep candy — especially chocolate — away from your dog. While you and the kids enjoy the Halloween candy you collected, give your pal a tasty treat of their own.


Pet Parades

Check local listings to see if any pet parades are scheduled in your area. Many towns hold these popular events for dogs in the fall. Can’t find one close by? Consider partnering with a local animal organization and starting your own!

Many pet parades have fun themes, such as “harvest” or “Halloween,” and may require costumes — the perfect opportunity to show off your pup’s cutest, creepiest or funniest ensemble! Check for other fun activities for your dog before or after the parade, such as a best-trick contest or a pet expo.



fluffy dog sitting on couch in lap

Cozy Up Together

While fall offers lots of fun outdoor activities for you and your pup, dogs — and humans! — need some quiet relaxation time, too. The cooler evenings are a great time to cuddle up with your dog and a blanket to read a book, watch TV or just enjoy some quiet time together.

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