And here we are, fall is here! Fall is the perfect season to enjoy the outdoors without the inconvenience of other seasons. No heat waves, no mud everywhere, no snowstorms! It's time to get outside and enjoy the fresh air and splendid colours. Here are 4 reasons why you should include your dog in your fall activities.
1. It's time to desensitize!
Do you have a new puppy in the family or a dog that could use some desensitizing? Fall is the perfect time to do it. Leaves, puddles, steep terrain, not to mention any possible outdoor interactions with people or dogs.
2. Explore our beautiful region
The Outaouais region is full of beautiful places where dogs are welcome. It's time to discover new trails and enjoy nature. Why not take the opportunity to take some pictures of your four-legged friend? This season is a favorite of all discerning photographers! Here is a collection of the best dog-friendly trails in the area: https://bit.ly/3nwL9xa
3. Mental and physical health
Everyone agrees that getting out and about can help restore healthy habits and reduce, if not eliminate, symptoms associated with mental health problems! After the year and a half we've had, it's even more important to take care of yourself. Your dog will certainly encourage you to do so if it is not already a reflex. A physically fit dog is less likely to develop health problems over the years.
4. Strengthen your relationship
Spending time with your dog outside also strengthens that beautiful connection between you. Take the time to get out to run, play and stimulate your dog every day, no matter what the season. He'll thank you for it by showering you with love every day.
Tips for successful fall walks
- Don't forget safety! Choose reflective clothing for yourself and bright accessories for your dog.
- Check before you go on a hike to make sure the trail allows dogs!
- Prioritize sunny hours
- Always keep your dog on a leash!
- Make sure your dog is dewormed and vaccinated before venturing out.
- Enjoy the moment!