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Everything is more fun when done with your best friend, and there is no truer best friend than a canine companion. As the days are getting shorter and the nights are getting cooler, that does not mean the fun has to come to an end. In fact, fall fun is just beginning. Here are a few ideas to help you get creative when it comes to enjoying autumn with your pooch. 

Take an Agility or Obedience Training Class

Agility or obedience classes are not only fun ways for you and your pooch to bond, but they are great ways to help an energetic dog focus. They channel your dog’s energy in a positive direction while giving you both a goal to work toward. 

Imagine a proud picture of your best friend with a completion certificate in paw! 

Jump in a Pile of Leaves

Do you remember how much fun this was to do as a kid? Autumn is the season to enjoy all the colors and smells of the changing seasons. It shouldn’t take too much encouragement to get your pup romping around the leaf piles with you.  

Just make sure and do a thorough check for ticks afterward!

Go Apple Picking

Nothing says fall like a trip to an apple orchard.  From mid-September through late October, all different types of apples are ripe and ready to be picked. Some orchards allow dogs and others allow them to wait in one area while their people pick the apples, so call your local orchard ahead of time to find out their policy.

Your pooch can certainly enjoy eating apple slices with you. Just remember to remove the core and the seeds so they don’t become choking hazards.

Take a Hike

Fall is the perfect time to put on some warmer clothes, hit the trails, and enjoy all the colors nature has to offer. While many people think that dogs are colorblind, that is actually a mythDogs can see colors, though they cannot see as many colors as humans. That wouldn’t impact your dog’s ability to enjoy the sights, sounds, and smells of a nature hike with you Check out these tips for hiking with your dog.

Go Pumpkin Picking

It’s an autumn tradition you and your pup can’t pass up. Who better to help you pick out the perfect pumpkin than your best fur-friend? However, just like with the apple orchards, call ahead and find out the pumpkin patch’s rules regarding dogs. 

Once you return home and make pumpkin pie, try adding some pureed pumpkin to your dog’s food.

Take Pictures 

There is nothing like the pure, innocent joy of a dog running around the yard, loving every minute of the cool breeze on his face as he chases his favorite toy or tries to catch the blowing leaves. Why not practice your photography skills? Try to capture the warm feeling that the scene brings to your heart in a picture or video

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1 Pet Insurance offered by MetLife Pet Insurance Solutions LLC is underwritten by Independence American Insurance Company (“IAIC”), a Delaware insurance company, headquartered at 485 Madison Avenue, NY, NY 10022, and Metropolitan General Insurance Company (“MetGen”), a Rhode Island insurance company, headquartered at 700 Quaker Lane, Warwick, RI 02886, in those states where MetGen’s policies are available. MetLife Pet Insurance Solutions LLC is the policy administrator authorized by IAIC and MetGen to offer and administer pet insurance policies. MetLife Pet Insurance Solutions LLC was previously known as PetFirst Healthcare, LLC and in some states continues to operate under that name pending approval of its application for a name change. The entity may operate under an alternate, assumed, and/or fictitious name in certain jurisdictions as approved, including MetLife Pet Insurance Services LLC (New York and Minnesota), MetLife Pet Insurance Solutions Agency LLC (Illinois), and such other alternate, assumed, or fictitious names approved by certain jurisdictions.