Fun Fall Activities to Do with Your Pet

Autumn is the perfect time of year to go out with your pet: the air is fresh and the leaves are perfectly crisp! Here are a few pet-friendly activities to complete your fall bucket list.

1. Go Apple Picking

Nothing screams “fall” like a trip to the apple orchard! Many orchards accept pets and welcome +1 animal on a leash to walk among the apple trees with you. Your pet will have a world of flavors to explore, and apples are a healthy, crunchy and juicy snack for humans, dogs and cats!

2. Dress Up for Halloween

Let’s face it: we’re waiting all year to see mascots in Halloween costumes. Although not all pets like to dress up, furry friends who do will quickly become the stars of any pet costume contest or treat trip. If your pet is a little less enthusiastic about grooming, she might be more willing to wear that pair of devil horns long enough for a photo, if she’s bribed with lots of dog or cat treats—of course.

3. Take a hike in the forest

There is no superior way to enjoy the changing colors of autumn than to go out into the woods. Adventurous dogs and cats will enjoy rustling among the fallen leaves and smelling the hidden scents while their human companions look up at the canopy and admire the foliage of the rainbow.

4. Cook an Autumn Feast

Cold days are the perfect time to get in the kitchen and cook something hot and tasty, and we all know that our dog’s favorite thing is when he takes a little homemade food that is usually forbidden.

Make something just for them with a seasonal pumpkin spice smoothie for dogs or let the whole family get in on the action with some roasted veggies! Dogs, cats and humans will enjoy a platter of slow-roasted sweet potatoes, broccoli, carrots and cauliflower (just be sure to put the seasonings on the human portions after serving to your pets). Check which vegetables are safe for animals and start cooking!

5. Play in Piles of reality check provisions

Picking up the leaves can take a bit of work, but a good pile of leaves is the perfect play area for your pet! Hiding toys and treats in the leaves will create a natural olfactory mat for them to poke around. And, of course, boisterous dogs love to dive headlong into the piles of leaves and roll until there are no more piles left! You were expecting the extra practice of raking for the second time, weren’t you?

6. Explore a Corn Maze

Do you know the secret to making your way through a corn maze? No, we are not talking about a map, we are talking about an expert tracker that will guide you. You will have the added benefit of another of the five senses working to find the right path, and they will be able to enjoy all the benefits of nose scanning.

7. Brave Ghost Tour

Are you looking for a more heterodox way to enjoy time outdoors with your pet? Ghost tours have become an increasingly popular seasonal spooky activity, and many outdoor walking tours welcome well-behaved pets for the trip! You can scare your pants off with scary stories while seeing if your pet can smell ghosts, maybe literally.

8. Hit the Pumpkin Patch

A trip to the pumpkin patch to find your future jack o’ lanterns or fall decorative pumpkins is even more fun with a +1 pet! They can spend the time frolicking around the farm and nibbling on pumpkin treats if you decide to carve a small pumpkin when you get home. Dogs can safely eat raw and cooked pumpkin, but you should cook them until they are soft for cats.

You can choose which adventurer you want to be this fall! If you’re looking to explore, take your pet for a weekend and check off all the fun fall activities you can do along the way. If you’re looking to keep things closer to home, each of these activities pairs perfectly with a movie marathon hunter snuggled up on the couch with your pet; whether you play horror movies or seasonal romantic comedies is up to you.

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