7 Fun Fall Activities for Pets

7 Fun Fall Activities for Pets

The dog days of summer are coming to an end and fall is finally in the air.  Even though most people think that summer is a great time to be outside, fall is really where you can find some gorgeous days.   In summer it can often been too hot.  It can be so hot that the pavement burns the pads of your dog’s feet and sometimes the heat can be so oppressive that you find it hard to breathe and you start to sweat the second you step outside.  That’s no fun for us and is especially no fun if you’re wearing a fur coat.   But now, those steamy days are dissipating, fall is finally upon us and the weather is starting to shift.  And you know your pets are ready to enjoy the cooler air and sunshine just as much as we are.  Now that the weather is changing and fall is upon us, here are 7 fun fall activities for pets you should try this season.

  1. Take a Hike – Fall is a great time to hit the trails. The fresh air and exercise is great for both you and your pet.  Taking a quick road trip to a nearby park is a great way to enjoy a beautiful day.
  1. Go Camping – Spending the night in the great outdoors is simply a fantastic time to spend the weekend with your pet. Camping is perfect to break the rut of being stuck inside all summer, safely tucked away from the sweltering heat.  Find a park that allows pets, pack a few treats, and their favorite toy, and you’re all set to have an awesome time.
  1. Pick a Pumpkin – Pumpkins and fall are almost synonymous, this is the time of year where pumpkin spice everything starts popping up. Even if you’re not a fan of pumpkin spiced jazz, going to a pumpkin patch and picking a pumpkin is still good fun.  Bring along your dog and maybe they’ll sniff out the best pumpkin for your jack-o-lantern.
  1. Tailgate – Fall brings a few traditions and only second to pumpkins is the start of the football season. Taking your dog out to the gravel lot of a game, grabbing some good food and tossing a ball while watching the big game is an ideal way to spend a fall day.
  1. Backyard Fun – Most animals love being outside and playing in the backyard on a sunny day is never a bad idea. You may always want to bring your cat, rabbit, or other pernickety pet with you when you go out, they may not feel likewise. They are far more comfortable close to home and sometimes the yard is really all you need.
  1. Enjoy the Leaves – Of course, the coming of fall does foreshadow the actual clean-up from the falling leaves. I know my cats love running in the piles of leaves, one of them even likes to be tossed in it.  After all, a pile of leaves needs to be jumped in, right?
  1. Dress up Together – Halloween night is basically a chance to walk your dog and get candy for it. So if you’re going out to trick or treat, make sure to include your dog.  You can even incorporate them into your costumes, dress them up like a hot dog and you or the family as ketchup and mustard.  Then go out and get some candy!

Even though some people hate the coming of winter, it’s hard not to appreciate the beautiful days of autumn. Cooler mornings, nice tepid evenings with gorgeous skies; the time for being outside is here.  So grab your pet and get out in the sun and enjoy it while it lasts. 

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