Friday, October 6, 2017

A Guide To Dog Friendly Fall Adventures

I have always loved the Fall, but I'll admit I took it for granted year after year.  Only after living in Phoenix, Arizona for nearly 10 years did I really appreciate the joy of a majestic Fall season.  In Phoenix they joke that there are only two seasons; Hot and Hotter!

Although we loved living in Phoenix, we soon missed the blazing beauty of the Autumn leaves.  Even driving on the highways you can't help but be struck by Fall's gorgeous hues. The bright yellows, fiery reds, and deep rust tones create a stunning landscape against cool, crisp, sunny skies.

Fall is a great time for outdoor adventures with dogs!  This is a Guide To Great Dog Friendly Fall Adventures With Dogs.
Enjoying the beauty of Fall with Icy and Phoebe
I love outdoor activities with my dogs in every season.  Each season is special, with it's own brand of fun things to do with your pet unique to that season.

Fall is one of the best times to embark on outdoor fun activities and adventures with dogs! The weather is cooler and the Summer crowds have thinned out.

As October approaches we start thinking about Pumpkins, Hiking & Biking in cool weather, Fall Festivals & Costume Parades, Apple Picking, Corn Mazes, Fall Foliage, and Hay Rides!  So much FUN and bonding to be had with our pets during the Fall season! 

Here's a list of some great Fall activities to do with dogs.  Plan your Fall adventures now before the season of Autumn beauty is gone!

Fall is a beautiful time of year.  There are so many great activities to do with your dog in the Fall!  You need the right gear to enjoy it all.

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Be ready for outdoor Fall activities with dogs by having the right gear!  For all that outdoor fun with the dog, you want to make sure your dog is comfortable and safe!

The two activities I look forward to the most with our dogs are hiking and bike riding.  We hike and bike in summer, but heat and humidity often makes us keep hiking and biking trips with the dogs short.  Not so in the Fall, here's when we go all out!


Bicycle riding with your dog is a great activity, but you should do it safely.  Dogs have a habit of getting too close to the wheels of the bicycle or crossing out in front of the bike.  To avoid an accident I bought a Bicycle Leash for Icy.  A bike leash for dogs keeps your dog next to the bike and away from the wheels!  I use the Walky Dog Plus bike leash, but there are a few others on the market.  I couldn't find dog bike leashes in bicycle stores (weird, right?!), but a Google search pulled up several.  Walmart has a couple of them in their online store as well.

A Bike Leash for dogs helps you ride a bicycle with your dog safely.  #dogs #petsafety #bikewithdogs
Icy gets so excited when she see's my bicycle come out!

A bike leash for dogs helps you bicycle ride safely with dogs.  It prevents dogs from getting too close to the bike or it's wheels. #dogfriendly #dog
My Walky Dog Plus dog bike leash helps me bike ride safely with Icy

Icy and I can usually bike ride from early Fall through December in the Northeast.  In this video you can see how the bike leash keeps her at a safe distance from the bicycle.

Bike riding with your dog is not only a total blast, it has health benefits for both of you!  Need more reasons to bike ride with dogs? Here are 6 Reasons To Bike Ride With Your Dog!

Icy and Phoebe are two very different dogs in size, strength and endurance.  I can't bike ride with both of them together on bike leashes, but I can attach a Pet Basket for Bicycles to my bike for Phoebe!  That way she can join us for the ride and not feel left out.  PetSmart sells bicycle baskets for small dogs (or other small pets) online.  They have a few models, here's a really nice one:

Active gear for dogs.  This Bicycle Pet Basket attaches to a bicycle and allows you to take your small dog or other small pet along for a bicycle ride!
A bicycle basket made specifically for small dogs or other small pets! This image contains a PetSmart Affiliate Link.


We've done so much awesome hiking with our dogs, from Sedona, Arizona to Montauk, Long Island with tons of places in between!  I have to say, hiking is probably my favorite activity to do with the dogs.  I love to get out and explore nature with them.  It's a great activity for the 4 of us to do together.  Although Icy and Phoebe are active at different levels, hiking is something they can easily do together.   If Icy and my husband forge ahead, it's no big deal to stop and wait for Phoebe and I to catch up.


When I think about my dogs being safe and comfortable during outdoor Fall activities, the first thing I think about is clothing and outerwear.  Being a Siberian Husky, Icy pretty much never needs dog apparel of any kind!  As soon as Fall weather arrives however, Phoebe gets chilly.  I always have to break out a sweater or jacket for her when the weather turns cool.  I love shopping for Phoebe, it's so much fun!  They have the cutest clothing for dogs, especially for smaller dogs.
How cute are these soft cozy Mohawk dog Sweaters?! This image contains a PetSmart Affiliate Link.

For cold Fall mornings, or if there's a chance of rain, your pooch might need a waterproof coat w/ a fleece lining like this adorable one.  It has reflective striping on the back & sleeves for dog safety. This image contains a PetSmart Affiliate Link.

When we go on longer hikes, I often use a dog backpack for Icy.  It helps with carrying gear like water bottles, snacks, bowls, and waste bags.  It also help curtail her pulling on leash.  Many dogs pull on their leash and using a backpack is one way some trainers recommend reducing the pulling.  Be sure to check with a trainer or pet store staff on how much weight in the pack is appropriate for your dog, if any.  You don't want to put more than approximately 10% of the dogs weight in a dog's backpack.

We often use a backpack for icy when we go on long hikes.  It helps keep her from pulling like a sled dog and she can carry her water bowl, water, and snacks allowing us to hike hands-free!
Some dogs may require less weight or none at all in a backpack. Check with your Veterinarian before using a weighted backpack on your dog for the first time.  Here are more tips to get your dog to Stop Pulling On Leash.

The stylish Everest Dog Pack by Pet Life shown here is waterproof and has reflective strips on the sides for safety.  You may not consider reflective safety strips when hiking but more than once we've found ourselves still hiking in the desert just after the sun had set.  Sunset in the Arizona desert is often when coyotes (and other animals) start hunting.  We could hear the howling - yikes!!
A dog backpack can not only carry some of your dog supplies & gear, it can help discourage leash pulling. This image contains a PetSmart Affiliate Link.

Make sure you bring plenty of water on any outing with dogs! Don't forget to bring along portable bowls and a water bottle.


Fall is actually prime season for Fleas and Ticks!  Be sure to protect your dog with Flea & Tick control. K9 Advantix is a topical prevention & treatment for ticks, fleas, mosquitoes, biting flies and lice.  Note: Consult your Vet before you begin using any flea/tick product.

Fall is prime Tick and Flea season!  K9 advantix can help protect your dog all season long. This image contains a PetSmart Affiliate Link.  

If you plan to take your dog near beaches, lakes, ponds, pools. or out on a boat you may want to consider a Life Jacket for Dogs.  A life jacket is a great safety option for dogs around water, especially if your dog is unfamiliar with the area, isn't a strong swimmer, or if he'll be out on a boat.

This Kurgo Surf 'n Turf life vest doubles as a life vest or rain coat.  It has 2 handles to help get your dog in and out of the water, reflective trim, and 2 metal D-rings for leash connections.  The flotation layer can be removed so that the waterproof shell can be used as a raincoat!
If outdoor Fall adventures with your dog take you anywhere near water, consider a dog Life Jacket for pet safety. This image contains a PetSmart Affiliate Link.

If your Fall adventure with your dog involves a car ride or a weekend getaway, consider a Dog Carrier or Pet Crate and a Pet Safety Harness for the car.


There are SO many beautiful and versatile pet carriers to choose from these days.  Pet carriers come in lots of shapes and sizes, some models even have wheels.  A carrier or crate is a great way to keep your pet safe and secure while riding in the car or at the airport.  If your Fall adventure involves taking your dog or cat on an airplane, here is some information you should know; Tips For Air Travel With Pets.

Phoebe loves her Sherpa pet carrier!  I actually leave it open for her on the floor in my office so she can nap right next to me.
Dog carriers with wheels are so cool, especially for airplane travel with pets.  Image contains a PetSmart Affiliate Link

Outdoor Fall adventures with the dogs usually come with mud, sand, or dirt!  For all those great outdoor Fall adventures with your pup, make sure you protect your car seats with a Car Seat Cover like the one shown here from Kurgo!  They come in all sizes to fit pretty much any vehicle you've got.

Outdoor adventures with dogs almost always involve mud, sand and dirt!  Investing in a quality seat cover like this one from Kurgo is a great idea. Image contains a PetSmart Affiliate Link.

Even if you have a car seat cover don't forget to bring along Pet Wipes and a Towel or Paper Toweling. You'll probably want to get the dirt off their paws before going back into the house after a day of  outdoor fun & adventure!  I always have pet wipes in the car and in my backpack, you just never know what your dog will roll in, step in, or swim in!  If there's anything massively stinky to roll in, my dogs are sure to find it!

One of the things I can't do without on any of our adventures with the dogs is a First Aid Kit.  I can't tell you how many times we've traveled with our dogs or gone on long day trips and needed the First Aid Kit!  It's essential to get a pet first aid kit, or assemble one yourself.  I'll never forget the time Icy cut her paw open on broken glass on her last potty break of the day.  It was at a hotel in Albuquerque, around 11pm.  No Veterinarian's were available and our first aid kit literally saved us!  Paw pads bleed a lot more than I expected!
A First Aid Kit is essential for outdoor adventures with dogs.   This Image contains a PetSmart Affiliate Link

The first aid kit pictured here is a 50 piece kit that folds up to fit into a backpack or glove compartment.  It includes a guide with instructions on how to assist a pet with minor medical emergencies.  We never home without a first aid kit!

Anther fun Fall activity is to head for your favorite dog friendly cafe for a mug of steaming hot spiced apple cider.  While you relax and enjoy that delicious traditional Fall beverage, your dog can enjoy a special chew stick or her favorite toy right beside you.

Pumpkin picking is a perennial Fall favorite, so look for a dog friendly farm and take your dog pumpkin picking!  I love taking pictures of my dogs out in the field among the bright orange pumpkins, the photos come out so pretty with all that Fall color. Rich Fall color brings so much warmth to a photo.

One thing we look forward to all year in our area are the Fall Festivals and Pet Costume Parades  It's so much fun to see all the dogs out and about, trotting alongside their family enjoying the festivities.  A Pet Costume parade is always fun.  Some people are really clever in the costumes they create for their pets!  It's so inspiring.

Icy marched in our town's Pet Halloween Costume parade looking BOO-tiful in her Headless Horseman costume! 
I'll bet one of this year's hottest Pet Halloween Costumes will be Wonder Woman for the girls and Spider Man or Super Man for the boys.  Do you dress your pet up for Halloween?  What will your dog, cat, lizard, or other pet be for Halloween this year? Tell us in the comments!
Wonder Woman Pet Costume for Halloween  #pets #halloween #dogcostume
I love the little skirt on this Womder Woman costume, it's so cute! Image contains a PetSmart Affiliate Link 
You don't even have to leave your own yard to enjoy the beauty of Fall with your pet.  Rake up the leaves in your yard and let your dog or cat play in them!  Throw his favorite ball or toy into the pile and watch him have fun digging and jumping through the leaves to retrieve the prize.  So what if you have to rake the leaves up again, it's worth it!

This Fall, I'm making it my goal in life to find a dog friendly Hay Ride and Corn Maze!  I've been searching online and I've located a few corn mazes, but I need to call and see if they allow dogs.  I'm on the hunt for a hay ride that allows dogs, here in the suburbs of New York City!

I'm excited to see some Fall themed pet treats this year, like Greenies Pumpkin Spice flavored Dental Chews for Dogs!  No reason why our pets shouldn't enjoy the flavors of the season, right?  While you enjoy a mug of hot apple cider at an outdoor cafe, give your dog a pumpkin spice flavored treat to enjoy and celebrate Fall together!

Pumpkin Spice flavor dental treats.  Our pets should enjoy the flavors of the Fall season too! This Image contains a PetSmart Affiliate Link

If you have the time and energy, you can make your own dog treats with Fall themed flavors like pumpkin, apple, or pear.

I take advantage of all those freshly picked pumpkins of Fall.  I add some pure pumpkin to my dogs' food each morning to give them the health benefits of pumpkin all year round. In the Fall I make my own pumpkin mush for them from the fresh pumpkins we bring home.  If you've never made fresh pumpkin  mush yourself, you'd be surprised at how much pumpkin mush even a very small pumpkin can yield!

Phoebe, surrounded by beautiful pumpkins at our town's Fall Festival!
🐾 After removing the seeds inside, I cut a fresh pumpkin into large chunks and boil until the pieces are soft.  

🐾 Then I peel off the outer skin (Skin comes off easily after boiling) and mash it all up in a bowl.  You can puree it in a blender if you prefer

🐾 Cooked pumpkin freezes well so it should last a couple of months in the freezer.  

Always check with your Veterinarian before introducing any new food into your pet's diet. Never feed raw pumpkin to your pet, raw pumpkin can make them sick.



  1. We are looking forward to going walking again now that the weather is cooler.

    1. Same here, Alasandra, cool weather is great for longer walks & hikes!

  2. I love this time of year but want to come up to your area one fall and marvel at the colors! The boys love the pumpkin spice Greenies.

    1. You should definitely take a trip up here, the Autumn color is so amazing! I've got a guest room with your name on it my friend!

  3. Fall is my favorite time of year, so many fun things to do! Bike riding with your dog looks like so much fun! We used to hike a lot too and I miss that. Most of the trails around here are just too busy to take Luke since he's so fearful of strangers. So we stick closer to home and walk in our own woods which is still fun! I've been baking pumpkin treats with frozen puree from last year's pumpkins (we have a big chest freezer which doesn't get opened a lot so it lasts quite long). I'll do the same with this year's pumpkins, but I grew my own and they're kind of late this year. I also hope to make some apple treats too, using apples from our own trees!
    Hope you find that hay ride!
    Jan, Wag 'n Woof Pets

    1. I love the Fall so much, sometimes I can't take my eyes off all the beautiful colors. It's so cool that you've grown your own pumpkins and made things out of it! That must be so healthy, pumpkin is such a beneficial food.