Fall is in the air.
Red, orange and yellow hues are everywhere. Warm, summer breezes trade places with cool, autumn winds. And all of the harvest-friendly activities are just getting underway.
With fall comes lots of opportunities to do the things you’ve been wanting to do with your pet in cooler, more moderate temps. If you haven’t already signed your pet up at your local dog boarding facility, here’s a few autumn-ready ideas The Barking Lot came up with that your furry best friend will really enjoy.
Hiking with Your Pooch
What better way to burn off some of that pent up summertime energy than by hiking with your pet. Your dog will appreciate the sights, sounds and smells that go along with tackling the local trails. Check parks and overlooks in your area for places where the terrain is suitable for your dog.
Experts suggest starting out with shorter walks on gradual inclines and then working your way up to steeper slopes and hills. And where the path is cluttered with stick and rocks, it might be a good idea to invest in a pair of hiking boots for your pet.
Go to a Pumpkin Patch
Pumpkins are a signature part of the season. And no where else will you find a better selection than at your neighborhood pumpkin patch. Your dog will love helping you sniff out the best pumpkins as much as he’ll enjoy the bustling energy of the crowd.
Take Him Along on a Hayride
A harvest-time treat, hayrides are fun for the whole family. Search for nearby farms that don’t mind pets and then choose the type of ride you want. Many places offer the traditional horse and cart hayride or the more contemporary tractor drawn wagon experience.
Because hayrides are held in celebration of the Autumn harvest, some locations might even include dancing, food stands and face painting as part of the festivities.
Pitch a Doggy Tent
In case you weren’t sure whether it’s a good idea to go camping with your dog, think again. There are plenty of pet-friendly camp sites that are happy to accommodate your dog and offer whole-family enjoyment. It might take a little extra research to find them, but it’s worth it.
If you do plan to pitch a tent for your pet, get to know which parts of the camp grounds are doggy-designated and which are for people only. Schedule a visit with your vet to get your dog current on all of his vaccinations before heading out. And remember, tags should be kept on him all times in the event that he wanders off or gets lost.