Do you have a full fall bucket list? Many Minnesotans love the fall colors, apple cider sipping, backyard bonfires, Pumpkin Spice Lattes, and more now that the weather is cooling down. But what about your dog? The best part about fall is that the weather is nice enough to let your dog enjoy some more outings with you! Here are five suggestions on dog-friendly activities to add to your fall bucket list:
1. Apple Orchards and Pumpkin Patches
Many apple orchards and pumpkin patches in Minnesota are dog-friendly! So if the weather is nice, pack up the whole family (including the dog) and enjoy a day trip! Before you go, be sure to review these safety tips!
2. Admire the Fall Colors on a Hike
It’s finally cooling down and it’s the perfect weather for hiking at one of Minnesota’s many beautiful parks. As long as he or she is on a leash and well-behaved, dogs are allowed in all Minnesota State Parks (although rules on camping will vary). Your dog will enjoy sniffing all of the smells and you can enjoy the colorful views! Check out Chuck & Don’s packing list and our safety tips before you let your dog hit the trails!
3. Jump in the Leaves
Don’t just look at the leaves, play in them too! Rake up a leaf pile and let your dogs and the kiddos enjoy an afternoon of jumping in the leaves!
4. Football Fun
Are you a Vikings fan? Why not let your pup show his Vikings pride too? If your pet is comfortable wearing clothing, you can purchase some fun Vikings gear for game days. Better yet, before or after the game, enjoy some time outside actually playing football! Invest in a football toy so your dog can join in on the fun!
5. Cozy Cuddles
When the fall evenings are a bit cooler, it’s time to relax and cuddle up with your dog on the couch while binge-watching Netflix!
For many, fall is the start to baking season! While your canine family member may want to help you with your baking endeavors, it’s best to let him sit this one out. Instead, you can bake FOR your dog! There are so many fun recipes all over the internet for homemade dog treats. Before you get started, always triple check that every ingredient is safe for your dog to ingest. Here’s a list of a few common baking ingredients that are toxic to your pets. If you have any doubts, you can always contact your family veterinarian to make sure a recipe is 100% dog-friendly!
We hope you and your pets have a wonderful fall season! Remember, if you do have a pet emergency and your family veterinarian is unavailable, both our Oakdale and St. Paul clinics are open 24/7, every day of the year.