5 Tips for carefree autumn walkies with your dog
Summer is well and truly over, and the days are rapidly getting shorter. Goodbyes are always a little sad, but happily, autumn is the perfect season for taking long walks. You and your dog, roaming the forest while the red leaves are falling. Autumn is the ideal time to enjoy the great outdoors. But, you should be aware there may be some dangers hiding among the fallen leaves. With these tips, you’ll be well prepared for carefree autumn walkies.
Tip 1: Leave acorns be
Every year, the falling leaves make for many good times. Fun to run through for kids, dogs and adult alike! But leaves are not the only things falling down, and not all of them are safe. Acorns and oak leaves contain a lot of tannins or tannic acid. Tannic acid is toxic to dogs and can have nasty consequences, such as stomach pains, diarrhoea or much worse: kidney failure. Clearly, it is important to stop your dog as soon as you see them chewing an acorn. Should they experience stomach or bowel issues after a walk, it is best to consult a vet.
Tip 2: The dangers of pine cones, chestnuts and mushrooms
Acorns aren’t the only things on the forest floor you should be wary of. Pine cones and chestnuts may also cause problems for your pup. Although they aren’t poisonous, your dog may swallow them, which could cause unpleasant blockages in their intestinal tract. Mushrooms are an entirely different can of worms. Some will not cause any issues and may, in fact, be super tasty, but who knows which is which? To be safe, its best to not let your dog eat any of them. That way you’ll be sure they won’t sink their teeth into a toxic one.
Tip 3: Illuminate yourself ánd your dog
Autumn is beautiful, but the sun sets earlier every day, and you’ll probably be going for walkies in the dark soon. Visibility is crucial, for both you and your pup. You may have seen them around the neighbourhood; dogs lit up like a tiny, living Christmas tree. Funny, but also highly effective! Of course, only one light-up dog collar will go a long way too. That way, every road user will notice your doggo, and in the twilight of the forest, you’ll be able to keep track of their whereabouts as well. Don’t forget about your own visibility. Reflective clothing or lights as used by runners can be a great solution.
Tip 4: Pack provisions
During those long autumn walks in chilly 13 °C weather, you use a lot more energy than in spring or summer. You help your dog by packing a snack and some water. That way, they can refuel, and the two of you can keep going for much longer.
Tip 5: Keep your dog warm and dry
Have you been out in the rain? Unless your pup has a raincoat, they are probably soaked. No problem, provided you dry them off with a towel as soon as you get home, to prevent them from getting sick. Does your dog have luscious locks? You could consider using a blowdryer to dry those different layers of fur. Don’t forget to use a low setting though. A doggy doormat will prevent your pup from running moisture and dirt into your home.
Autumn is beautiful and cosy, and a perfect season for long walks in the woods, but comes with unique seasonal challenges. Enjoying life with your furry friends is important. Keep an eye on your pup and take some precautions, and you’ll enjoy a carefree season!