Fall is Great for You and Your Dog!
Fall is by far my favorite time of the year. The scenery is absolutely breathtaking, it’s not too warm, nor too cold, there’s pumpkin flavored items everywhere, and people generally seem to be happier!
Another reason it’s my favorite season is because of my dog.
My Dog and Fall!
My dog absolutely loves to go hiking. There is nothing he’d rather be doing than going for a long hike in the woods… off-leash, of course. During the Summer time, he can get very overheated. If there isn’t a stream or a lake nearby, he’s going to get very tired, very quickly. But that’s not a problem during the Fall.
During the Fall, we can go hiking for hours upon hours at a time and there’s no chance he’s going to get tired.
He gets to run around and plow through all of the leaves on the ground, jump over the downed branches and trees, and chase the little woodland creatures!
There’s also so few people out that I don’t need to worry about him running off!
It’s so peaceful that I wish I could do it every day. It’s almost as relaxing as meditation.
Speaking of leaves, another thing I love to do in the Fall is play out in my backyard with my dog!
We have a lot of trees covering our backyard. Needless to say, that means we have many leaves to rake during the fall.
While many people will find this to be more annoying than anything else, I actually love it!
My dog absolutely loves to run through the downed leaves of the ground. Even more so when it’s a windy day and the leaves are swirling all around the place.
He has such a hard time containing his excitement. It’s adorable to watch.
Oh, I forgot to mention sticks! With Fall comes many sticks on the ground. He loves sticks even more than he loves leaves. I’m pretty sure that sticks are his 2nd favorite thing on Earth, with Greenies being his most favorite thing.
When I’m in the back raking or picking up sticks, he’s so content laying on the ground, chomping on a stick.
Sometimes he does get a bit too rambunctious and I have to put him in his MidWest Exercise Pen until he calms down, but that isn’t all that often.
Now back to you!
I’ve written in the past about the importance of getting outside and exercising your dog. There is no better time to do so than in the Fall!
The weather is absolutely perfect for going out for a long walk, or even a hike with your dog! Not only is this good for your health and your dog’s health, but it also helps strengthen the bond between you and your dog.
Your dog is going to feel much closer to you when you both go outside and do bonding activities.
If there isn’t a place to go hiking around you, then go for a long walk. Can’t go for a long walk? Then play outside in your backyard. Don’t have a backyard? Go to a baseball, football, or soccer field and play there.
Remember, Winter is Coming!
You don’t have to be a Northerner to know that Winter is coming. But it does help to be reminded that you may not have many opportunities to play outside with your dog in the winter.
While there are many great activities that you can do with your dog in the snow, you won’t be able to play outside for nearly as long. Despite your dog not caring about how cold it is outside, you should definitely be mindful of it.
Here’s a Suggestion:
The next time you have a spare 10 minutes, go outside with your dog. Do something simple, like going for a walk or practicing sit-stays.
When you’re doing that, look at the happiness on your dog’s face.
If that doesn’t give you enough of an incentive to get outside, then I don’t know what will.
Enjoy the Fall and the great opportunities it gives you to bond with your dog!
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