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Posted on Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

Great autumn activities for you and your dog from Hartz

Photo by Kelsey_lovefusionphoto via Flickr
Photo by Kelsey_lovefusionphoto via Flickr

The dog days of summer are finally retiring their calendar pages, making room for fiery gold and orange foliage, harvest moons and pumpkin patches. It’s no wonder so many people count fall as their favorite season, and it’s sure to be one of your dog’s as well.

Temperatures are cool, so there’s plenty of time to be spent out in the yard and a whole new range of great autumn activities with your dog! Consider some of these suggestions for you and your best friend to have a blast.

1. Hiking.

Autumn is a great season for active dogs. Now that the threat of heat stroke is starting to abate, your pet may be up for hiking some of the more challenging trails. Keep in mind that hiking in general is still a strenuous activity, and you shouldn’t take an out of shape dog on a trail beyond his or her skill level. Dehydration also remains a risk, so be sure to carry a bowl and more than enough water for the both of you. Throwing a few dog treats in your pack won’t hurt either – your dog might need a little pick-me-up when you reach the trail’s summit!

2. Dog park.

Sure, you’ve probably been frequenting this locale all summer. But while most dogs spent the season lazing about in the shade, trying to catch a cool breeze alongside their owners, this cooler weather means a more active and social group of pets. Expect to see a verve and energy in your dog that’s been absent the past four months as he or she kicks that lazy dog behavior. Bring plenty of dog toys, of course.

3. Day trip.

When it’s that perfect temperature where you can roll the windows down for an easy breeze and smell that crisp autumn air, there’s no better time for a dog day trip. Why not take your dog to one of your region’s premier dog-friendly destinations? As Zootoo.com points out, Dog Fancy magazine recently designated Provincetown, Massachusetts, “DogTown USA.” According to the site, “This picturesque spot on the tip of Cape Cod welcomes pets almost everywhere, including in stores and at off-leash beaches.”

Be sure to check out our Fall Sports board on Pinterest! What is your pet’s favorite activity during fall?

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