It's that time of year again: The air is getting crisp, there are endless school buses to chase after, and pups everywhere are frolicking in piles of fallen leaves. Oh, the thrill to be a dog in the fall! Whether you're celebrating the first autumn with your fur baby, or just looking for new seasonal activities, we've got some ideas based on the type of pet parent you are:
1. For the photogenic types...
We suggest: organizing a fall-themed photoshoot.
Does your pup have more Instagram followers than you do? Is your camera roll filled with pictures of them sitting pretty, playing at the park, caught sleeping? Fall is one of the best times to take outdoor photos. Make the most of the naturally golden light and foliage by staging a photoshoot. Treat them to a fresh bath, flaunt those new fall accessories, and head to a backdrop of your choice (like one of these dog-friendly apple orchards).
2. For the adventurous types...
We suggest: planning a day trip or weekend getaway.
Even though summer is long gone, that doesn't mean you have to give up on your love for adventure. So, if the road is calling to you, don't let it go to voicemail. Take your pup on a dog-friendly hike or camping trip before the weather gets too cold. If you're not the outdoorsy type, look into dog-friendly hotels in your area. You don't even have to travel far from home! Sometimes a change of scenery is all you need to feel refreshed. And remember, dogs need vacations, too.
3. For the crafty types...
We suggest: coordinating your Halloween costumes.
As if you needed one more reason to play dress-up with your dog... enter, Halloween. The fan-favorite holiday of parents (to pets and children alike), October 31 is a chance to indulge your creative side and put your four-legged family member on display. The only thing cuter than a dog in costume? A dog who is dressed to match their parent. (Just look at these genius dog-parent getups, if you don't believe us.)
4. For the gourmet types...
We suggest: baking homemade pumpkin dog treats.
Calling all at-home chefs, this one's for you. Maybe you already spoil your pup with human-grade meals, and now want to add some healthy snacks into the mix. Or maybe once October rolls around, you can't stay out of the kitchen. Healthy, delicious, and beneficial for your pup's digestive track, pumpkin is the unsung hero of dog superfoods. Check out these recipes for fall-inspired, pumpkin treats, featuring ingredients like apple, sweet potato, chia seeds, and cinnamon.
5. For the snuggly types...
We suggest: throwing a dog-approved movie marathon.
The best thing about chilly weather? It's a perfectly acceptable excuse to ditch plans and spend a cozy night in with your pup. Pull out all the stops. Dim the lights, put on your favorite sweater, and cozy up on the couch together. Need inspiration for your lineup? Some of our all-time faves with pup protagonists include: Homeward Bound, Air Bud, Isle of Dogs, 101 Dalmations, Beethoven, Lady & the Tramp, and Best in Show.
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