Admit it: As soon as the kiddos go back to school and temps start to drop, you can’t wait to dust off your fave flannels, cozy slippers, and pupkin spice candles. We love fall, too! And trust us, we aren’t basic b*tches, so there’s no shame in this game. Now that our fave season is upon us, we thought it’d be fun to create an epic bucket list of dog-friendly fall activities.
Go Apple Picking
Looking for a great way to explore the good ol’ outdoors with your pup while stocking up on a fave fall treat? Visit dog-friendly orchards with the apple of your eye. Just tell pup there’s no lifting his leg to those trees. Get the scoop on Minnesota and Colorado dog-friendly orchards. When you get home, we have an a-peel-ing apple treat to make for pup.
Park it on the Patio
If pup wants a taste of fall, but cringes at the thought of leaving the city and dealing with traffic and the country (ew), head to your nearest dog-friendly patio. Gather up your pups and pals for yappy hour or a delish weekend brunch while savoring the last morsel of mild weather. We know your pup’s a perfect angel, but make sure to brush up on your patio etiquette. Check out our mastiff dog-friendly directory for ideas on where to go. Bone appetit!
Take a Fall Foliage Excursion
If your dog’s an aspiring influencer (and who isn’t these days), leaf peeping is the ideal photo opp. Get all of his best angles and lewks with the gorgeous spectrum of autumn hues in the background. Heck, you can even make a whole day or weekend road-trip adventure out of it by hiking and stopping at dog-friendly breweries and restaurants along the way. We sniffed out some of the best fall foliage road trips near Denver, Seattle, Chicago, and the Twin Cities. Pro tip: Don’t forget your leash, water bowl, and treatos (we recommend some NutriSource Jerky).
Ruff it by Camping
Unless you and pup like freezing your hot cross buns off, chances are that fall is your last big chance to camp. Doggo’ll love barking campfire tunes, counting the stars, and getting your undivided attention. Just make sure to pack plenty of layers and a cold weather-rated sleeping bag. Sniff out our road-trip essentials to get you where you’re going.
Get in to the Howl-oween Spirit
Persuading your pooch to put on an itchy, embarrassing costume (we’re looking at you, Marge with the Wizard of Oz ensemble) can be a ruff, harrowing endeavor. But it doesn’t have to be! We have an awesome list of easy DIY costume options for your pup that’ll impress even the snotty neighborhood trick-or-treaters.
Pick the Perfect Pumpkin
Is it really fall until you’ve visited a pumpkin patch? We think not. Luckily, there are plenty of dog-friendly pumpkin patches for you and your best fren to roam. Many pumpkin patches feature super fun, family-friendly activities like hay rides, corn mazes, apple bobbing, painting/carving pumpkins, and snaccs stands. Here are some of our ulti-mutt picks in Illinois, Minnesota, and Colorado.
Cozy Up at Home
Let’s face it: 2020 and parts of 2021 have been giant yikes, and you are just over dealing with people! Sometimes snuggling up at home with your furry fren is the best activity of all. Whether you wanna bake up a storm after visiting the apple orchards and pumpkin patches or cozy up on the couch in front of your fave Howl-oween flicks, chances are pup’ll welcome the bonding time with her fave person.
What are your favorite dog-friendly fall activities? Howl at us in the comments.
Featured photo: Kendall Lane
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