It's the season of crisp fall weather, pumpkin spice, and apples. And while we love all that, it's also the season when we need to prepare for winter with fresh coats and better-fitting boots. We're talking about your pup here. You may not be able to do much about your wardrobe, but there are plenty of ways to keep your dog looking good as you head into cooler months. Here are some tips to ensure your puppy is ready for fall and things to do with them in the fall season.
Take a Hike
One of the best ways to get some exercise together is to go hiking. You can hike anywhere from a few minutes around the block to a full day on a mountain trail. If you have access to good hiking trails and have time during a workday, consider taking your dog on short hikes while it’s still light out. You can also plan longer backpacking trips in fall weather conditions, as it will help you both stay cool during those long walks. Remember, the fall season is mushroom season, and while many mushrooms are harmless, some can be fatal to your dog.
Hiking with your dog is not only fun for both of you, but it also helps burn off extra energy. This ensures they don't get bored at home when you need some peace and quiet from their antics. Plus, there are plenty of benefits for them, like socialization with other dogs and getting outside into nature where lots of smells, tastes, and sights stimulate their senses which may improve overall health.
Camp in the Backyard
Camping is a great way to bond with your dog and introduce him to the great outdoors. If you're camping in the backyard, make sure your dog is comfortable sleeping in his crate outside. You can even bring along toys, treats, and food so they feel at home while camping.
Ensure there's plenty of water available for your dog, and it's fresh. A dog that loses even 10-15% of water in its body can fall sick or even die. If your puppy seems tired or lethargic throughout the day, take them inside for some rest.
Have a Dog Party
According to a study, 50 percent of British dog owners admit to spending more on their dog's birthday than their partner’s. If you also belong to the same category of pet parents, consider having a dog fall party this year.
For this event, invite all of your dog's friends and play games like "find the treat" or "hide & seek." For example, you can hide treats throughout your house while they wait in another room. When they find all of them (and they will), reward them by letting them eat one or two extra pieces. You may also want to provide a special treat for each guest, so no one feels left out.
Pick Pumpkins Together
Picking pumpkins is a great way to spend quality time with your dog, but you must ensure they are well-trained and socialized. The two of you can go out to a local farm and pick out the perfect pumpkin together. After choosing your favorite, take a photo of your pup with their new jack-o'-lantern buddy, then bring it home and carve it into something awesome.
Or, if you're feeling particularly creative, make an entire meal from scratch using pumpkins as ingredients. Plenty of online recipes will help guide you through this process. Or keep things simple by just putting out some yummy treats for everyone at the party so they can snack on those while they wait for their food.
Go to an Apple Orchard
Apple picking is one of the quintessential fall activities, but it's also a ton of fun for you and your pup. Bring along a basket filled with some of your dog's favorite treats and toys, and have an apple-themed picnic. Don't forget to pick fall-themed accessories like bow ties, collars, harnesses, and leashes from Lil'Doggie. The website offers a complete range of dog apparel, from bandanas to name tags.
As you can see, there are many things that you can do with your dog this fall season. While it is vital to keep in mind that your dog should be in good health before participating in any of these activities, there is no reason why you should not try them out.
After all, there are plenty of ways to enjoy the beautiful weather and refreshing air without causing any harm to your canine companion. Take some time off from work or school and spend it with your beloved pet. It’s a great way to bond while enjoying the outdoors. So go ahead, get outside and play.