Finally, it’s fall! Outdoor temps will be more comfortable for you and your furry family member. This means it’s a great time to get your dog outside more without having to worry about the dangers associated with the summer heat. Getting the most out of your fall walks means being prepared for the weather changes. Let’s take a look at 10 tips that can help you and your dog enjoy fall walks.
Tip #1: Change Out Your Dog’s Bedding
Fall is a great time of year for pulling out blankets for humans and replacing curtains with heavier draperies. You can take this opportunity to change your pet’s bedding too. You may want to add another layer underneath to keep them from the chill arising from the floor under their dog beds. If your dog doesn’t have a designated bed, it’s a good time to get them a comfy, thick dog bed, especially if they are getting older and arthritis is more of a risk.
Tip #2: Increase Brushing Frequency
Most breeds build up an undercoat when the weather starts getting cooler. You may notice their fur getting thicker, so they will need to be brushed more often. Between brushings, wash your dog brushes to get rid of oil and debris from earlier brushings. Depending on your dog’s needs, you may need to increase the frequency of their baths.
Tip #3: Prepare for Fall Parasites
As the outdoor temps begin to change, there are new parasites you’ll need to deal with. Make sure your pup gets a seasonal checkup with their vet. Ask about updating their vaccinations and if they need parasitic medicines. You may need to adjust your routine a bit to handle parasites naturally.
Tip #4: Prepare for Cooler, Wetter Weather
Fall brings more rain to some regions. You’ll want to prepare to take your dog out when it is damp. Like people, some dogs don’t mind getting wet, others do. Some dogs will sit on the couch with a full bladder rather than venturing out into the rain. Consider buying some high-quality raingear to help you keep them dry and protect your home. Booties can help keep their paws clean during a walk, as well as protect your floors when you come back inside.
This is also a good time to switch to winter harnesses. Mesh harnesses allow for air to move through and keep your pup cool during summer walks. It’s time to go with a solid BrilliantK9 harness that will be a bit warmer. They will provide a bit more insulation on autumn and winter walks.
Tip #5: Ensure Visibility
Foggy, cloudy, and rainy weather can make your dog less visible during walks. There are numerous products that can help protect them and increase visibility. You can add reflective strips or lights to their BrilliantK9 harnesses or leashes. You can also choose brighter colors for your custom embroidery.
Tip #6: Get Ready for Schedule Changes
Fall changes are not just about the weather. There are all types of social and cultural changes that occur this time of year. For instance, school begins. Families are home from summer vacations. This means that your summer walking route may be a bit more crowded come fall. It may not be a problem for some dogs, but others may find it a bit distracting or unsettling. Changing the timing or route of your walk may be a good idea.
Tip #7: Keep Your Dog Hydrated
Cooler weather doesn’t mean your dog needs less water to drink, especially if they are exercising more. In some regions, the air can be much drier during autumn, which will mean your pup needs more water. Provide your pup with the opportunity to drink water about every 20 to 30 minutes. Of course, some dogs may need a drink more often. Keeping a bottle of water in your var or backpack can ensure you are prepared for these circumstances.
Tip 8: Keep Your Pup Warm
Quick temperature changes can occur in the early morning or late evening hours. It can happen rapidly. If your dog spends a lot of time playing outside, keep a blanket or bed on the porch so they can warm up if needed. Don’t leave them outside for long periods of time, either. Most breeds are able to withstand cooler temps, but some, like Greyhounds, Salukis, and Chihuahuas cannot. Help your canine buddy transition slowly from the hot summer days to the cooler weather.
Tip 9: Be Aware of Nutritional Needs
Once the temperatures start to cool off, your dog will probably become more active. Think about any changes in their activity levels when planning their feeding schedule for the season. Your vet may be able to provide specific dietary needs to account for the extra energy expenditures.
Tip #10: Be Aware of Joint Problems
It’s common for dogs that have arthritis or other problems with their joints to experience discomfort when the weather turns cooler. Watch for signs that they are having trouble with their joints. You may notice they are reluctant to exercise, don’t want to go on their normal walks. They may start limping or have increased difficulty climbing or moving about. They may start to whimper when they move. You may want to have your vet examine them and prescribe any needed medications or treatments.
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