How to enjoy Autumn with your pooch

How to enjoy Autumn with your pooch

The dog days of summer may be over, but there is still so much for you and your pet to enjoy, Autumn is a great time for dogs. Now that we’ve all made it through the “dog days” of summer, it’s time to get out and enjoy the great outdoors before temperatures drop and the days grow shorter. The cool, crisp air will invigorate your dog with energy and stamina for playing.

Spending time with your dog is a great way to strengthen your bond and improve the quality of both your lives and possibly even increase both your life spans. There are many great, fun, safe ways for you and your pooch to have a blast in the coming months. Here are some suggestions of how to have fun with your pooch this Autumn.


Walks

A good, classic activity, walks are great in the cooling autumn weather.Walking is a great way to bond with your dog, get some exercise, and just get out of the house for a little fresh air. Your dog probably enjoys walks in the autumn countryside, even if that ‘countryside’ is just the local park! The cooler temperatures will be welcomed by many breeds and you may find that your pooch has more energy. Most dogs love playing in fallen leaves and all those rich earthy autumn smells are just irresistible, but there can be a few unwelcome surprises hidden in the leaves. Watch out for sharp sticks hidden amongst the seasonal debris, or even pine needles and cones. If a dog eats any of these it can lead to choking or even internal damage. Distract him with a ball or other safe toys.

Take your dog on a weekend break

These days there are loads of great pet-friendly places located in some stunning areas of the country. Whether it's along the coast or more inland, exploring a new area with your pooch is a fun adventure that will get your pet's senses stimulated as they track down all those new scents and smells. All dogs love it when they find themselves in a new place with lots of new things to discover – it is what makes walking or hiking with them so very enjoyable.

A pub lunch

The great British pub garden is an ideal place to enjoy some lunch and maybe have a nice chilled glass of wine. Again, not all pubs are dog friendly so do be sure to check in advance. Not to mention, not all dogs are pub friendly so be sure to consider the temperament of your companion with lots of people around.

Take your pooch for a day at the beach

It's that time of the year when beaches all around the country open up to people and their dogs again. Autumn is a lovely time to take a stroll along a windswept beach and there's nothing your furry friend would like more than to stretch their legs running along a sandy beach chasing seagulls. You need to take plenty of fresh drinking water with you, even if the weather is cooler because the last thing you want is for your pooch to drink any sea-water which would end up making them very sick.


Play dates

Invite a friend and their dog over, or meet up somewhere so your dogs can play. Interaction with other animals is very important to a dog's psyche, and seeing a familiar pooch will make him happy and give him something outside his routine to enjoy. Dogs have a unique way of playing together, and it's very important that they get that time, so spend some time with a friend or family member while your dogs enjoy one another's company in the yard, park, or other dog-friendly area.


Have fun in your yard


Even if you don't have a huge yard (or any yard at all!) try just sitting outside with your dog, rather than inside. You and your dog can wrestle, play hiding/chasing games, or engage in other fun games like football and basketball (they make foam or rubber sports balls that dogs can easily handle).While this might not sound as fun, your dog will love seeing you outside, doing something interesting. If you have trees that drop their leaves, rake them into a pile and let your dog go wild. Join in, if you feel so daring – there are few ways as effective as playing with a dog to relive your carefree childhood years. Make a boring chore fun and engaging for you and your pet by keeping him close and turning tedious work into an opportunity for fun.


Article Date: 08 October 2015