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Enjoying Autumn with Your Dog

by Coach Lilly

When you start to feel that unmistakable chill in the air again, you know it. Autumn is here again. Maybe you now have to dress a little more warmly for walks with your dog. But even though the weather’s getting colder, there are still lots of fun outdoor activities that you can enjoy with your pet before winter arrives. Here are 5 ways that you can make the most of this autumn season with your dog.






Visit a pumpkin patch, an apple orchard, or a corn maze

Going to a farm or orchard to pick apples and pumpkins can be a memorable experience for the whole family, and you might not need to leave your dog at home. Some pumpkin patches, orchards, and corn mazes allow dogs to accompany their owners if they are on a leash. Not all do, however, so you should definitely call ahead and find out if your dog is welcome there. And if you do bring your dog, make sure you bring some extra water to help her stay hydrated.

Go to a tailgate party before a sports game

You may not be able to bring your dog into all stadiums, but your dog can get in on the pre-game partying if you go tailgating. As in any public situation, it is important that your dog is well-socialized and is comfortable around new people, children, and other animals. You should also make it clear to your friends your policy on feeding your dog—you don’t want your dog to get sick eating burgers and hot dogs. As long as you make those expectations clear though, you should have a great time. And whatever team you cheer for, you can let your dog share your team pride with a dog jersey from Go team!

Camp out

Outdoorsy dogs love camping. Being outside, smelling hundreds of new smells, exploring nature, and most of all, being with you! Don’t forget to bring food, water, and a comfortable bed for your dog. It’s also a good idea to can protect your dog from ticks and other insects with repellant.

Admire the fall foliage on a leaf-peeping excursion

Fall is a gorgeous time of year, with the colors of the leaves constantly changing. You can find a fall foliage map for your area online and use it to figure out the best times and places to go for a fall drive, hike, or walk.

 Play in the fall leaves

Because sometimes the best pleasures in the fall are the simplest. Rake up a big pile of fall leaves and jump in!


Did we forget anything? What do you like to do with your dog in the fall?


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