In my opinion, fall is the best season of the year. Here in the northeast, the heat and humidity finally break from the summer, and the cool, crip air of fall rolls in. At this time we can finally turn off the air conditioner and open all the windows to let the house air out. Say goodbye to mosquitoes and sunburns and hello to campfires, sweatshirts, and fall activities!
But you know what would make pumpkin picking and tailgating even better? If you could do it with your dog! Fortunately, there are many dog friendly activities to do with your dog this fall. Here are 20 ideas to get you started!
Visit an Apple Orchard
One great way to spend time with your dog and the rest of the family is to go apple picking. Your dog will love spending time with you outside and will definitely have a blast sniffing around the orchard.
Check out these notable orchards around the US that are known to be dog friendly. Just make sure your dog doesn’t eat any apple cores, as they can be super toxic for dogs. If you live in the New York/ New Jersey Area, you can check out some of these dog friendly orchards:
Trick or Treating
Though dogs can’t have chocolate, that doesn’t have to stop them from dressing up and having a good time! There are endless costumes to dress your dog in, just make sure that it’s not constricting them and they are comfortable for trick or treating.
Not only will your dog have a fantastic time, but your neighbors handing out candy will get a kick out of your dog’s costume as well. Bonus points if you can get the whole family to have a theme!
Just like apple picking, pumpkin picking is another fun fall activity to do with your dog.
In addition, both raw and cooked pumpkins are great for dogs. This large fruit is packed with vitamin A, and has several benefits for your dog including better eyesight, a boosted immune system, better digestion, hydration, and even weight loss.
Unlike most fruits and veggies, dogs can eat the seeds of a pumpkin either raw or cooked, though they taste better if they’re dry roasted in the oven. Be sure to check out some of these dog friendly pumpkin patches to avoid any drama in advance!
Eat Pumpkin Treats
When you get back from pumpkin picking, the next best move is to make homemade pumpkin peanut butter dog treats for your dog. This is a super simple and fun activity that will make you seem like a super mom to all the other dog moms.
As I said previously pumpkins are a wonderful source of vitamins that your dog needs, and they’ll love it’s sweet flavor mixed with peanut butter and cinnamon. I always use the recipe from All Recipe.
If you’re extra like me and enjoy going all out, you can get these silicone dog cookie molds from Amazon. They’re freezer safe, oven safe, and are extremely easy to clean. Not to mention the cutest!
If you’re a sports fan, tailgating is a fun fall activity for everyone around. As the human you get to drink, spend time with your friends, and talk passionately about sports. All while eating burgers out of the back of a pick up truck.
Your dog gets to socialize with other humans and their dogs out supporting their teams. While also snatching up the occasional hot dog that falls off the grill.
Lastly, don’t forget to get your dog his own sports jersey so he can rep your favorite team with you! Our family isn’t very passionate about sports. But you can bet that I got Archie a Giant’s Jersey when we went to the game!
One of my favorite fall activities to do with my dog is go hiking through the fall foliage. Living in New Jersey, we get to experience all the leaves changing and the cool, crisp air that brings relief after the humid summer.
My husband and I like to do a causal hike in the afternoon during the weekend when it starts cooling off. (I’m not big on sweating.)
Once we find a decent view we’ll hike off trail a little bit and set up a spot with a blanket and our backpacks. Archie and Cali know not to go far so we can relax while they’re off leash (They always stay within about 30 ft of us).
You don’t have to go crazy when hiking. Some people like to get up with the sun and hike 12 miles. Some like to walk through the woods on a paved path. Either way, you’re sure to enjoy all the fresh air and your dog will have a blast running through all the leaves!
If you want to go a step further from hiking, you should definitely give camping a shot.
When we first started camping we did it the old school way with a tent and some sleeping bags. Since then we’ve gained Archie and now prefer sleeping on a mattress.
We found a way to book a super cheap RV camping weekend with 2 other friends and their dog. Check out our Labor Day weekend and see how I planned the trip just a few weeks in advance.
In my opinion, campfires are one of the best smells in the world, and smores are the best. Since you’re past prime camping season in the fall, there’s a good chance you can get discounts at different parks.
Just make sure to grab lots of blankets and pillows so you and your dog can have a cool, crisp, cozy weekend in the great outdoors.
If you have the flexibility, taking a roadtrip with your dog is a super special experience. Doing a roadtrip in the fall is always nice because the weather is great wherever you go.
We drove from Brooklyn to Austin in late October last year and had beautiful weather the entire way. Visiting the south in the fall is nice because you miss the intense 100 degree weather and you can enjoy being outdoors.
Another bonus about the south is they tend to be more dog friendly than the northern states. Driving to the north in the fall is breathtaking because you can literally see the seasons change as your driving.
You can take some of the most beautiful hikes of your life in upstate New York. Check out some of my favorite dog friendly spots. If you have a bestie with a dog that can go on the trip with you, even better!
Make sure to take lots of pictures, as it’s sure to be a trip you’ll remember forever.
Scary Movie Marathon
Who better to watch a scary movie with than your dog? Since none of my friends like scary movies, Archie and Cali are always the ones stuck on the couch with me.
We always like to make popcorn and wrap up in a big blanket together while we pick out a movie. We just can’t watch the Pet Cemetery, because not only is it terrifying, but Archie barks at every scene with animals in it. *Eye roll*
My favorite part about watching scary movies with my dogs has to be when they woof at the bad guys. Their favorite part has to be the popcorn that doesn’t make it to my mouth. A win for all involved.
If you think going trick or treating with your dog is fun, imagine having a costume party with dogs and all of your friends?!
With social distancing still in effect, we may not be able to have the halloween parties we want this year. But an easy fix to this is to invite half the amount of people and replace them with dogs!
This idea is guaranteed to get smiles all around, and is sure to be great content for your dog’s Instagram page. You can serve dog friendly halloween treats, and decorate your house with dog themed halloween decor to set the vibe!
Get spooky with your pooch this Halloween season by going on a ghost tour in your local area. This year we plan on taking a weekend trip to Salem, MA, the town of witches, for Halloween.
There are dozens of ghost tours in this historic area, and you can bet that I’ll be taking Archie and Cali on some of the tours. Many people believe that dogs can see ghosts, so I’m going to find out for myself!
Play in the Leaves
Raking up all the leaves in your yard may seem like a pain, but you can make it fun by letting your dog play in the giant pile of leaves.
For dogs, the bigger the pile is, the faster they’ll run into it. Let your dog have the time of their life while you capture it all on camera for Instagram. They’ll be photos you cherish for years to come.
If you’re a fan of beer and the celebration of German culture, be sure to take your dog to Oktoberfest! Though the main festival is in Germany, there are plenty of events happening around the US.
Enjoy drinking and while watching the parades, folklore dancing, and listening to German music, Check your local bulletin to find info on Oktoberfest events for 2020.
Visit a Winery
If you’re more of a wine kinda gal, there are several dog-friendly wineries around the US to get boozy with your pooch. Don’t forget this cute wine bottle toy from Amazon so your dog doesn’t feel left out.
Cork Hounds is a website specifically designed to find dog friendly wineries in your area, so be sure to check them out.
Going to the beach as a fall activity might seem odd. But almost every beach is dog friendly after Labor Day weekend. You can still catch a few summer-like days in early September so your dog can still swim in the water. The sand isn’t as hot anymore so you don’t have to worry about your dog’s paws getting burned.
But even when it gets too cold to swim you and your dog can have a good game of frisbee or fetch in the sand. I’ve even bundled up and gone to the beach in November with the dogs. J
ust be careful. I’ve noticed the closer we get to winter, the windier it gets at the beach. Sometimes to the point of sandstorms! So remember to bundle up and bring protective eyewear for you and your dog.
Having a photoshoot for your dog is a fun activity in any season, but autumn is a wonderful time to get some great shots of your dog.
Go for a hike and take pictures of your dog with all of the changing foliage. Or take your dog to your local farm and take pictures of your dog going through the corn maze and picking out a pumpkin. Take a picture of your dog drinking a puppuccino while you’re drinking your pumpkin spice latte or hot coco.
There are endless possibilities for photoshoots. If you’re looking for inspiration, be sure to check out my Dog Photography Pinterest Board.
Run a 5k
Trying to get in shape? Why not sign up for a 5k run with your dog? 5k’s are nice because they don’t require extreme training, and it’s a nice solid distance for your dog to run without getting too tired.
Check out Iron Doggy to find races near you! Lastly, don’t forget to bring enough water for you and your dog since you’ll be burning lots of calories!
If you’re brave enough to ride with your dog running next to you, be my guest. But I tried riding my bike with Cali once and it was a disaster.
Imagine riding your bike at 10 mph and your dog decides to abruptly stop to smell the roses. We were both injured that day.
If your dog is small enough to fit in a basket, going for a nice bike ride with your dog is a fun fall activity. Ride through your favorite trail or through your favorite park and take in the crisp fall air. Just make sure your dog is secured and won’t jump out as you’re riding!
Have a Picnic
Who wants to have an awesome doggy date and take their dog on a picnic? *Raises hand*
Pack up all of you and your dog’s favorite foods and head to your favorite spot to set up a picnic blanket. I like to go to a lake by my house and set up under a big tree that I can tie the dog leashes around.
You can make some homemade dog treats ahead of time to make your dog feel super special. And pack some dog friendly fruits and veggies that you can both munch on. Once you’re both done eating you can take a slow stroll to digest all the food. Sounds like a great day to me!
One Last Cookout
Lastly, one of the best fall activities is having one last cookout with your friends and all of their dogs.
Imagine having a campfire going while you’re wearing sweatshirts and eating burgers and hotdogs with friends. When you’re grilling you can always treat your dog by occasionally “dropping” food off the grill.
As it gets dark you and your dog can cuddle under a blanket and enjoy the last nice weather of the year before winter comes.
I hope that this list inspired you to do some fun fall activities with your dog. Since fall is a season where the weather is changing, always remember to bring warm clothing and a jacket for your pup if they need one.
What do you like to do in the fall with your dog? Let me know in the comments!