The autumn season is a great time to enjoy everything the season has to offer with your pets. Whether you want to explore a new hiking trail or camp out under the stars, we’ve got a list of fall activities to do with your dog that will inspire some quality bonding time. We sat down with Trupanion pet program manager, J. Marmol to discover new activities to do with your dog that definitely encourage fun with your best friend.
Fall activities to do with your dog
1. Hike with your best friend by your side
Fresh air and activity is a great way to stay active and fit with your furry friend. Whether you are hiking for the first time with your dog or are an avid hiker, there is certainly never a better time to hit the trails than autumn. Consider a beginner hike to start and monitor your pet’s behavior. Also, make sure to pack your pet first aid kit to avoid any pet paw pad injuries.
2. Enjoy camping with your furry friend
Without a doubt, getting out in nature’s playground is a relaxing way to spend time with your best friend. “It’s important to spend time outdoors. Also, there are different skills to work on outdoors vs indoors. For example, exposing puppies to different environments is important for development. Puppyhood is an incredibly important time,” says Marmol. Consider taking a long weekend to get out and adventure with your furry friend. Naturally, the escape in nature is a great way to bond with your pet.
3. Seek out a new pet-friendly fall destination
With the leaves changing, it is a wonderful time to jet-set to a pet-friendly destination. Whether you want to vacation to a dog-friendly resort or plan a pet-friendly fall road trip, our friends at BringFido have a variety of restaurants, accommodations, and lodging to help plan your stay! Further, consider checking with your final destination in regards to their pet regulations.
4. Enjoy classic fall traditions
Fall is in the air! So it’s time to bundle up and enjoy some time-honored fall traditions. Consider a trip to the pumpkin patch, apple picking, snap a photo among the fall leaves, or play a game of fetch at the park. For instance, “take the time to get some fresh air and walk around the block. If you have a higher energy pup, consider scheduling midday play dates with some of their puppy friends,” points out Marmol. Further, if the weather isn’t ideal, a playdate can always be scheduled indoors.
The benefit of participating in activities with your dog
Your pet is your loyal companion. Naturally, there is no better way to enjoy the season than with your dog by your side. Marmol weighs in on the benefit of quality bonding time.
“The more time you spend together doing new and exciting things will only help strengthen your bond. For example, take the proper time to rest and relax. Fall is cozy time! Consider staying in and get cozy in front of the fire under some blankets.”
Activities to do with your dog during the fall season
Despite what season it is, getting out and adventuring with your pet gives you the opportunity to bond, explore, and stay active! With every new season, there is a chance for your new puppy to discover a new environment. “Every day is a learning opportunity. Take some time to run through your tricks and commands with your best friend, the bond is priceless,” states Marmol.
What is your favorite activity to do with your dog?
is a digital content writer and editor for Trupanion. She spends her workday writing for the Trupanion blog. She loves writing about pets, being inspired by pets, and luckily gets to hang out with her rescue dogs all day long. In her free time, she enjoys exploring and traveling with her family. Her work has been featured on the DOGTV blog, KitNipBox blog, Get Your Pet blog, Fansided, among many others.