Fall Activities for You and Your Dog

After a long, hot summer in an air conditioned home, many pets get anxious to spend time in the great outdoors. These 6 fall activities are perfect for pets who are tired of being cooped up in the climate controlled air.


Hiking is an activity that many active pets love. When taking your pet for hikes, keep in mind these safety tips:

  • Different hikes have different levels of difficulty. Take into consideration your pet’s physical health and wellness before picking a level that is right for your pet.
  • Bring food and water for longer hikes.
  • Keep your pet’s shots up to date and do not take your pet for a hike without ensuring that your pet is properly vaccinated.
  • Find out the rules of each park where you hike as they pertain to your pet. Some outdoor public spaces do not allow pets to roam.


Many pets love to camp! It’s fun to spend time outdoors with your pet, provided that you do it safely. Camping with your pet is much like hiking with your pet, but there may be a few extra steps that you need to take in order to ensure that your pet stays safe. Remember to bring your pet’s food, water, medicine and bedding along with you on the hike. Keep your pet on a leash to ensure that your pet stays safe and doesn’t bother your campground neighbors. For more information about camping with your pet, check out our previous post on the topic.

Trick or Treating

Trick or treating is fun for pets that enjoy mystery and adventure, but it’s important to be smart about your trick or treating plans with your pets. If you’re dressing your pet in a costume, have your pet try on the costume before going out. Never dress your pet in a costume that covers his or her eyes. If your pet seems agitated wearing a costume, remove it. Finally, know when to leave your pet at home. If your pet doesn’t like unusual circumstances or interactions with strangers, taking your pet out on Halloween night could lead to problems.

Do Some U-Pick

Pets don’t usually care about u-pick apples and pumpkins, but taking your pet u-picking can still be fun! When going u-picking with your pet, don’t forget to use the leash—especially when in the presence of other people.

Play Ball

Playing football or catch with your pet is a great way for your pet to bond with you and get exercise at the same time. If you’ve never trained your pet to play catch, you’ll need to spend some time practicing before your pet gets the hang of the game.

Dog Park Fun

If you’d like your pet to get some exercise but don’t feel like running around, take your pet to a local dog park. Cool fall temperatures will make it fun for your pet to run and play while you sit on a bench and watch.


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