Fall Activities On Your Dog’s Bucket List
Fall is my absolute favorite season! It’s the perfect time to step into nature and enjoy its vibrant beauty with your family.
Your Dog can enjoy the Fall season too. There are plenty of fun-filled activities to share with your dog whether you are outside enjoying the leaves or stuck inside on those cool rainy days. Let’s dive in!
Outside Activities For Your Dog:
Pumpkin & Apple Picking
1. New Games:
Dogs enjoy running and playing outdoors. When that Hot Summer ends, the Fall season brings in some comfy cool weather to enjoy. It is a great time to get outside and give your dog the exercise he really needs before the Bitter Cold Winter season arrives.
Picking up some healthy dog treats and playing treasure hunt in the yard is a super fun game your dog is sure to enjoy. Hide the treats in toys or find fun hiding places around your property for them to go on a hunt.
If you have a dog that loves to dig (like my doxies), make them their own digging box to hunt for some treasures. Pick up one of those cheap, off-season sandboxes for kids and fill it with some play sand (dust-free). Then, hide some new toys for them to dig and find.
Leaf Pile Jumping:
After you rake up all those crunchy leaves into a big fluffy pile, don’t let it go to waste. Jump in and play with your dog!
He will love jumping and romping in the leaf pile with you. Just make sure to always prepare your dog with some quality flea and tick preventative ahead of time and do a tick check afterward.
Play Fetch and Catch:
Playing with a ball or frisbee is a great Fall activity you can enjoy with your dog at home or at a park. It is a fun way to give your dog some cherished one-on-one time and tire him out for the day.
DIY Corn Shaker Toy:
Corn in a dog toy, totally easy and Fall themed too! My dogs LOVED this new toy. It makes lots of noise and is easy to drag around the house.
How to make the Corn Shaker Toy:
- Fill a thick plastic bottle with ½ cup of popcorn kernels or squirrel corn
- Seal it up, and stuff it into a large old sock.
- Secure the end to an old tie or laundry rope
Camping with your pup is a fun and unique way to enjoy nature together. Find a comfortable campground that allows pets and has lots of space to enjoy the great outdoors with your dog.
Camping will bring lots of new experiences for your dog. Your family will be eating their meals outside, sleeping in a tent, and enjoying lots of fresh air together.
As it gets dark, it is important to keep track of your dog. There are lots of animals in the wild that your dog may want to chase after. We like to use the Masbrill Light Up Dog Collar on Amazon to keep our pups illuminated. It helps us keep track of our dark colored doxies at night.
Fall is the peak season to enjoy a scenic hike with your dog. There aren’t as many people, it’s cooler temperate, it’s just more peaceful.
Take your dog to a nice park with some fun trails. Find a lake with a sandy beach to splash and cool off. Your dog will love taking in all of the new smells and enjoying some relaxing exercise.
If your dog enjoys the water, take them canoeing. This can be a fun outdoor activity for your dog to enjoy with you.
If your dog is new to this experience, stick with calm lakes or ponds at first before trying running rivers or lakes. Bring along some water, treats, and a comforting toy to help them stay calm during the ride.
Even if your dog can swim: Always have your dog wear a dog life jacket no matter their size.
Here are some cute pics of my Pups in their New Life Jackets, getting ready for a cool dip in the water. Reno wasn’t thrilled, per the doxie white eyes. Safety First!
5. Pumpkin Farm:
I love taking my family to the Pumpkin Farm to pick out our annual pumpkins. Did you know that some pumpkin farms allow you to bring your dog with you? Contact your local pumpkin patch and find out what their policy is, maybe your pup can join in on the fun this year. Take them on the hayride too!
Caution: Be careful where your pup steps in the pumpkin patch, those tiny spikes on the pumpkin vine can really hurt your dog’s paws.
Ahh.. Apple picking is my all-time favorite thing to do in the fall. Give the apple orchard a call to see if your dog can join you for some apple picking.
Ok, Have you ever been to an Oktoberfest? Super fun times! There are so many fun activities to enjoy with your family, and there are even some that you can enjoy celebrating with your furry companion. Oktoberfests are famous for their costume contests, pet parades, wiener dog races, and of course lots of delicious German cuisine for all to enjoy.
7. Photo Opportunity:
When you are surrounded by this Amazing Autumn Beauty, it is the best time to take some scenic photos of your dog and with your dog. This makes for some gorgeous keepsakes for your photo albums and some show off pics for your social media feeds.
Inside Activities For Your Dog:
Training New Commands
Homemade Pumpkin Treats for Dogs
DIY Halloween Costumes
There will be days in the fall when it is too windy or rainy to go outside. It is helpful to have a few inside games to play with your dog.
1. Teaching Your Dog New Commands:
How long has it been since you taught your dog a new trick or command? It doesn’t matter how young or old they are, it is a great opportunity to have some individual time with your dog.
You could teach them how to sit, come, lay down, rollover, shake hands, or play dead.
If your pup knows all of the tricks, then learn some more advanced commands.
If you have more than one dog, try the “two dogs photo pose” training video from McCann Dog Training. It’s an advanced trick to teach your pup for some super cute photos.
Keep the training sessions short and fun, your dog will love it.
2. Indoor Games:
Dog IQ Toys
Working on your Dog’s IQ promotes healthy brain growth and exercise while having fun. Try out some Treat Puzzles to have them work hard at searching for a yummy reward. Our favorite we like to recommend to our doggie friends is the Outward Hound Ottosson Puzzle Brick Dog Toy on Amazon.
Slow Feeder Bowls
Look for some slow feeder bowls. This special dog food bowl is not only super fun for the dog to eat their meals, it helps promote healthy digestion as well.
Treat Filled Toys
Fill up a Kong toy with some peanut butter or treats. Your dog will stay busy and it will help lower their anxiety when you leave the house.
3. Homemade Pumpkin Treats for Dogs:
Adding some pumpkin puree to your dog’s food is a healthy way of adding extra nutrients and fiber to their diet. Pumpkin helps with digestive regularity, eases stomach issues, and it tastes delicious too.
Fall is the perfect time of year to introduce some new pumpkin-based dog treats. Here are some of my favorite pumpkin dog treat recipes to make. They are super easy, and the dogs love them.
Pumpkin and Peanut Butter Dog Treats
- 2 cups of flour
- 1 cup of canned pumpkin
- ½ cup peanut butter (Do Not Use products with xylitol sweetener)
- Preheat oven to 375°F.
- Combine the canned pumpkin and peanut butter together in a large bowl.
- Stir in the flour and combine the mixture into a dough.
- Roll out the dough onto a floured surface.
- Cut into shapes with your favorite cookie cutter.
- Place treats onto an ungreased baking sheet, about a half-inch apart.
- Bake for 12 minutes in the preheated oven.
This recipe makes about 2-3 dozen doggie cookies depending on the size of your cookie cutter.
They will last up to 1 week, so I suggest freezing some for later. See the full recipe from Puppy Leaks.
Sweet Potato Dog Treats:
- 1 egg
- 2 tablespoon oil
- 1/2 cup mashed sweet potato
- 1 1/4 cup flour
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Add egg, oil and mashed sweet potato to a mixing bowl and beat until smooth.
- Fold in the flour and knead until the dough forms a ball.
- Flour the counter, roll the dough out to about 1/4” thick.
- Cut into shapes with cookie cutters.
- Place cookies on a baking sheet between one-half inch apart.
- Bake for 20 minutes.
- Rotate pan and flip cookies, reduce oven temperature to 300°F, bake for another 30 minutes.
- When cooled, you can store up to two weeks.
Recipe Credit to Wild Wild Wisk.com
4. DIY Dog Halloween Costumes
Bringing your pup along for a “trick or treat” walk can be a good chance to socialize your dog with others. It’s also a fun way to show off your cute dog in an adorable Halloween costume.
As it gets dark outside, use a glow collar or leash to keep your pet safe. We prefer the Masbrill Light Up Dog Collar on Amazon. It’s a reasonable price and works perfectly for our dark colored doxies on Halloween Night.
You can pick up the cutest Halloween costumes for your dog at the store, but oh my, the price can be a bit steep! There are tons of DIY Dog Halloween costume ideas on the web, here are some of my favorites:
Some Fun Costumes my Pups wore for Halloween: