The sweltering summer heat doesn't make for dog-friendly weather so we all rejoice when temperatures cool down. Use brisk fall days to maximize outdoor fun with your pup and capture it with the LINK AKC Smart Collar adventures feature, which provides date-stamped photo albums and unlimited photo storage. Here are some activities to keep your dog entertained this fall.
1. Hiking Adventures: As the summer crowds exit destination parks and trails, why not plan a couple of weekend trips that your dog can come along for? East Coast dogs love Shenandoah National Park, where you can immerse yourselves in the fall colors of the oak and hemlock forests as you hike miles of dog-friendly trails. The Inspiration Trail located inside the 5,579-acre William B. Umstead Park in Raleigh, North Carolina offers a shorter path for those looking for a quick cardio session through beautiful fall foilage with their best friend. Runyon Canyon Park near Hollywood and the Hollywood Hills is a dog's and dog lover's dream with 160-acres of dog-friendly land to explore.
2. Flyball Fun: You're never too old to pick-up a new hobby or sport and neither is your dog! Try flyball; it's a relay race where Brutas leaps hurdles and catches a launcher-release tennis ball. In Alabama, the Birmingham Bandits Flyball Club is looking for new recruits. Attending a dog event is almost as exciting as participating in one so keep an eye out for events in your area this fall and year-round.
3. Road Tripping: John Steinbeck traveled the USA with his dog Charlie, so take a page from his book and hit the road with your pup. Autumn is ideal for a trek along iconic Route 66, after summer heat and before winter ice. Dog-friendly pit stops along the way will keep the memories and adventures going.
4. Own the Water: Make sure your dog is comfortable in water and enjoy watching them swim before it gets too cold! The tourists are gone and kids are back in school which makes fall the perfect time for a sunrise walk on an empty beach. In fact a lot of beaches become completely San Francisco's Crissy Field and watch the morning fog play over the Golden Gate Bridge. Pools have even started hosting "doggie splash days" where they allow dogs and their owners to take a dip before draining the water for winter.
5. Dog Friendly Halloween: Halloween is a holiday ripe for dog fun like a trip to a pick-your-own pumpkin patch. In Houston parade with your costumed canine at the annual HOWL-O-Ween Dog Walk and Expo, benefiting the Citizens of Animal Protection. The Tompkins Square Park Halloween Parade in New York City is one of the biggest held around the country and always worth attending or participating if you leave nearby.