Fall is trending right now, and everyone is getting into the spirit of the season. There's a certain level of excitement that comes with knowing that it's time for pumpkin spice, flannel shirts, and apple cider. And it's not only humans who love the fall weather and the festive activities — dogs enjoy being included in all the fun!
Here are a few ways to enjoy time with your dog this fall:
Take Your Dog on a Hike to See the Fall Colors
As the leaves start to change color, you should take an opportunity to appreciate the beauty of nature with your pet. Search for local hiking trails that are pet-friendly, and find a few that you want to check out. Not only will the landscape be stunning, but the crisp air of fall is perfect for long hikes with your pet. Both of you will get some much-needed exercise, and you will find that this refreshing excursion will help replenish your spirit as well.
Let Your Dog Visit the Apple Orchard
Community apple orchards open up to the public during the months of September and October when their apple crops are ripe and ready. While you should always verify with the orchard before you bring your pup, many of these locations are pet-friendly businesses. You and your dog can spend early fall mornings walking through the orchards and picking the best apples on the tree. If you are lucky, you may even be able to grab a bag of donuts and a gallon of apple cider before you head home. As an added bonus, the apples that you pick make a perfect snack for your dog.
Pick a Pumpkin with Your Pup
Of course, no fall season would be complete without a trip to the pumpkin patch. Most pumpkin patches are large, outdoor spaces that are great for exploring, and many pumpkin patch owners welcome pets. Whether you are searching for pumpkins to decorate your porch or the perfect Jack-o-Lantern for Halloween, you should let your dog come with you and help you sniff out the best possible pumpkin. Together, you will surely find the pumpkin of your dreams, and you will make memories that you will cherish for years to come.
Make Your Pet Some Homemade Pumpkin Treats
From pumpkin pies to pumpkin spice lattes, it seems everyone loves the flavor of pumpkin in the fall. But, did you know that pumpkin is one of the most nutritious snacks that you can give your dog? Pumpkin is rich in fiber, and adding a bit of pumpkin to your dog's diet can help improve your pet's digestive health. Here are a few ideas for homemade pumpkin treats that you can give your dog this year:
- Frozen Pumpkin Bites — Mix together pumpkin puree and plain yogurt. Freeze the mixture in ice cubes to give to your dog as a snack.
- Banana Pumpkin Cookies — Combine one cup of pumpkin puree with one mashed banana. Mix with two eggs. Then, add three cups of whole wheat flour to form dough. Roll out the dough and cut into fun fall shapes, like pumpkins or leaves. Bake at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes. Make sure they are cool before you give them to your dog.
Bring Your Dog to the Tailgate Party
As you gear up for another weekend of tailgating, consider packing your pooch along for the ride. You can get your dog all decked out in team gear by having him wear a special collar or bandana. This is a great opportunity for your dog to socialize with people and even other pets, and you will be glad to have your pet by your side. Don't forget to pack everything your dog might need for the day, including food, water, a soft blanket and baggies to clean up after your pet.
Dress Your Dog Up for Halloween
Trick-or-Treating doesn't have to be a kids-only event. In fact, it's easier than ever to find a Halloween costume for your dog. Many major retailers now sell Halloween costumes for dog breeds of all sizes, or you could even consider making your own. By getting your dog into the spirit of Halloween, you will both have a bit of fun during this festive time of year. Be sure to consider your dog's comfort level when picking a costume, but don't be afraid to get creative.
Cuddle Up With Your Dog for a Scary Movie Marathon
This is the perfect time of year to stay in and watch a horror movie marathon. Instead of being scared and alone on your couch, invite your dog to cuddle up with you to help you feel secure. This is a relaxing way to make the most out of the fall season, and you can feel good knowing that you are simply giving your dog exactly what he wants — uninterrupted quality time with you.
Make Leaf Piles for Your Pooch
Raking up the leaves in the yard may seem like an annual fall chore, but you can easily transform this tedious task into a fun afternoon with your dog. Spend a few hours cleaning up all of the leaves, and rake them into large piles. When you are all done, let your dog jump and play in the leaves before you bag them up.
Schedule an Outdoor Photo Session with Your Dog
Photographers know that fall photo sessions are in high demand, and many professionals offer pet-and-parent photo packages this time of year. Take advantage of the beautiful natural backdrops and the comfortable weather, and schedule a session to capture the love you have for your dog.
As the air gets cooler and the leaves begin to change color, it can sometimes be hard to say goodbye to summer. However, rather than mourning the season that is on its way out the door, you can start creating a bucket list of all the fun things you can do with your dog this fall.