Every pet is truly a part of the family and just like humans, they want to go out and experience new things. Whether you’re a homebody or the type to set out on an adventure, including your dog in your fall activities can strengthen your bond and create a happy family environment.
Although the fall season is just beginning, make every autumn day count by doing some of these fall activities with your pets.
5 Fall Activities to Do with Your Dog
If your pup likes to play dress-up with the rest of the family on Halloween, consider taking her trick-or-treating. Walking door to door is a great way to involve her in the festivities, and occasionally handing her treats will ensure that she doesn’t feel left out.
You may find that some of your neighbors are handing out treats for pets, too, which will be a nice surprise for your dog!
NOTE: I highly recommend keeping your dog on a leash while you’re out and about. Dogs can easily become frightened and take off running, so you’ll want to keep yours safe.
2. Play in the Leaves
Since you’ll be raking the leaves off your yard anyway, make it fun for the whole family by turning your dog loose in the pile. Running and crunching through the colorful leaves can relieve your pup of their excess energy while you make a few lifelong family memories. It could also be fun to invite some of the neighbors over (dogs included), allowing you to catch up with friends while everyone plays.
3. Head Out on a Camping Trip
As you’re planning your annual fall camping trip, you might want to consider bringing your pet along for the ride. Spending some quality time out in nature is bound to bring the family closer and will allow your dog to see the great outdoors as you do.
As a note, it’s important that you pet-proof your RV or car so that your pet doesn’t accidentally damage anything during the trip.
4. Explore a Farmer’s Market
Though you can’t take your pet to the grocery store with you, you can have her by your side as you browse an outdoor farmer’s market. Expend some of her energy by walking her as you shop and allow her to socialize with the other patrons. You’ll get all your errands done and your pup will get a new experience—along with a treat or two.
5. Make Pumpkin Treats
Though it isn’t always safe for dogs to consume human food, pumpkin is one exception that your pet will absolutely adore. Experimenting with homemade treat recipes is a fun activity for you and a tasty reward for your dog.
Additionally, since you can adjust these recipes to fit her palate, you’re certain to find something your pup will love.
What Fall Activities Do You Enjoy With Your Dog?
I’d love to hear about it in a comment below! Or, feel free to join in the fun over in my private Facebook group for dog moms!