Whip out the flannel, fall is in the air! As the hot summer days come to an end, we get excited for what’s ahead: pumpkins, changing leaves, holidays, and definitely the cooler temperatures. For our pets, it’s also a time of relief. After all those hot months, our dogs finally can run free without the worry of overheating or scorched paws. But how do we keep our pets active outside during the colder months when the days become shorter, and the temperatures start to drop? Here are some fun and simple suggestions.
Raking leaves is a great way for you to spend time with your dog! Not only do dogs love jumping in piles of leaves, but they also love to explore all the different fall scents. You can even make a fun game out of it for your pet by putting their favorite toy or ball in the middle of the pile for them to find. Scent Hounds and Terriers, in particular, will have a blast hunting through the piles.
Are You Ready for Some Football?
It’s hard to mention fall without talking about one of America’s favorite pastimes–football! Get your dog in on the action and turn that retriever into a receiver. During halftime, grab your pup and a football for a little game of one-on-one. Tossing the ole’ pigskin around will keep your dog active during those times when you just can’t (or won’t) leave the house for the big game.
Stroll Through the Park
Bundle up, grab a latte, and take a stroll through the local park. With all the beauty that the cooler months provide, you and your dog will get to admire all the trees and changing leaves. Not only that, but it is the perfect opportunity for a puppy playdate or even a romantic outing for dog lovers.
Festive Fall Activities
To celebrate all of the fun things this time of year brings us, a lot of cities and towns will throw festivals, most of which are dog-friendly. Another great option is hopping in the car to go apple picking or visit a local pumpkin patch. These outdoor activities are perfect for dogs. It gets them outside and is something different for them to enjoy! Make sure you call ahead to see if these places allow dogs first.
When You’re Stuck Indoors
Stuck inside? Try teaching your pet a new trick to show off to friends and family. Or refresh Fido’s memory on some tricks that need a refresher course. Keep plenty of treats on hand to enforce a job well done. These indoor times are also perfect for catching up on grooming, or staging fun pet photo ops. Say cheese!
Any dog can enjoy a little “just for fun” agility. Why not give it a shot? There are plenty of indoor agility courses and classes, and you can do it year round. Plus, working together will be a great chance for you and your pet to spend time together and bond.
Don’t forget, if you have a particularly chilly pooch, a sweater or some booties are all you need to begin enjoying the cooler weather. Go ahead and accessorize! Just because the colder weather is quickly approaching doesn’t mean we can’t keep our dogs active. In fact, it is one of the best times to get outside and enjoy the fresh air. Your pup will thank you for it.