5 Ways to Celebrate Fall with Your Dog

In Anne of Green Gables, L.M. Montgomery wrote, “I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.”

It’s true; fall is a season favored by many—many dogs, that is. It’s not too hot, so their fur coats don’t feel as heavy and they can stay out adventuring longer. Plus, there is so much to enjoy in the fall season. Here are five ways you and your pup can make the most of your fall.

Go for a Hike

Ah, the smell of fall. If we enjoy the scents of the season, imagine what it must be like to your dog. Dogs live by their noses. According to a paper published by Alabama A&M and Auburn Universities, “a dog has more than 220 million olfactory receptors in its nose, while humans have only 5 million.” So get out there to let your dog sniff. If the woods aren’t your thing, consider a walk in a different neighborhood to let your dog smell the season.

Visit a Pet-Friendly Apple Orchard or Pumpkin Patch

The season offers fresh, fragrant produce, and many farms that let you pick your own apples or pumpkins are sometimes pet-friendly, too. Call ahead to find out if your friendly, leashed dog is welcome, then head out to enjoy the fruit of the season. Don’t forget to share bites with your pup!

Go on Fall Break

Take a weekend trip with your pup. This isn’t a popular travel season, so many hotels and campgrounds lower prices after the back-to-school vacation frenzy and before the holiday rush. For the adventurous set, fall is a perfect time to head out on a dog-approved camping trip.

Sip That Pumpkin-Spiced Coffee Beverage on a Pet-Friendly Patio

It’s the perfect time to take your pup to a pet-friendly patio. It’s not too hot and it isn’t too cold (yet). Pack up some treats and a water dish and head to your favorite coffee shop. Not all cafes have either a drive-thru or a waitress who serves the patio, so invite your best dog-loving friend and her pup to join. Take turns placing your orders (hint: some cafes have a secret dog-friendly beverage) and enjoy.

Rake up a Pile of Leaves

Channel your inner five-year-old, and rake up a giant pile of leaves. You and your pup can dive in or go completely crazy like this guy!

Meet the Author: Maggie Marton

Maggie is a writer and author, whose first book, Clicker Dog Training: The Better Path to a Well-Behaved Pup was published by Open Air Publishing. When she's not writing (or reading books about grammar), she teaches writing courses to college students and professionals who want to nail down the basics of communication. Outside of work, she hikes, throws dinner parties, plays with her three dogs and cat, and travels as much as possible.

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