Fun Fall Activities That Are Dog-Friendly
- 3 October 2018
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Many say this is their favorite time of the year. Time to visit pumpkin patches, pick out your favorite sweaters, and spend quality time outdoors. We’d love to offer up some ideas about how you can include your pet and make some of these fall activities dog-friendly.
Fall Foliage Drives
People travel from all over the world to see the beauty that happens here in Maine every autumn. If your dog likes to go for “rides in the car,” this could be something you do could each weekend. While driving to spend time in the beautiful fall foliage, you can stop at different lighthouses along the way so you and your pup can get some exercise and fresh air. Here is a list by local Brewster House Bed and Breakfast that points you to nearby lighthouse destinations – here.
Time to Dress-Up
It’s that spooky time of year! Get ready parades, costume contests, and parties. Everyone is getting into the spirit of Halloween…even the dogs! Halloween can be a fun dog-friendly event if you incorporate your pet into the planning this year. Maybe the family could include your pet on Halloween night to go trick-or-treating (with parental supervision)? If your dog is not social or is frightened by costumes and masks on people, they should definitely stay safely inside at home and away from the festivities. If you decide to find a costume for your dog, make sure it’s easy to put on and non-restrictive to their sight or movement. We will be having a Costume Photo Contest on Pet Wants Freeport’s Facebook and Instagram pages. We can’t wait to see how creative everyone is!
Fall is football season and that means Tail-Gating parties. Give these get-togethers a whole new meaning by making them dog-friendly! If you have a fenced in yard, you can invite friends to bring their dogs with them and they can have their own “Pawty” alongside the adults. Keep in mind that the dogs playing in the backyard should always be supervised!
Let’s Go Camping
Fall is a perfect time to go camping. Have you ever brought your dog? If you decide to bring your buddy along for the trip, make sure you have all of their necessities. Bowls, food, bed, toys, leash, and water. Only bring food out during feeding times — as you don’t want to draw wildlife to camp overnight. Dogs should be your constant companion while camping. Do not ever leave your dog at camp while off hiking. And of course, always check the park or campsite to make sure they are dog-friendly before you head off on your journey.
We hope these ideas have inspired you to take the leap and include your dog in some of your adventures this fall. Stop in Pet Wants Freeport for all of your gear and healthy, fresh, food.