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Goodbye Summer, Hello Fall

It’s that time of year where we break out the hoodies, sweaters and scarves and start enjoying s’mores, hot chocolate and bonfires. This might be one of our favorite seasons but I’m pretty sure it’s one of our dog’s favorite seasons as well. With fall comes cooler temperatures which means more outdoor walks, more marshmallows falling off the counter and ultimately more adventures for them – sounds like a slice of dog heaven. Here are a few things you can do this fall to ensure it’s your pup’s favorite time of the year.

Pick of the Patch

Fall is often signaled by the appearance of pumpkins and one of the best fall adventures is searching for your own pumpkin. Why not find a local pumpkin patch that allows dogs on the premises? This way you and your pup can pick your favorite pumpkins together. Plus, the pictures of your pup enjoying the fields are bound to be adorable. Don’t forget to keep your pup on a leash during this outdoor activity, you never know what farm animals will pique your dog’s curiosity.

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Hay Rides

Your family and friends can all enjoy a scenic or spooky ride behind a tractor. Your dog would love to ride shotgun on this adventure. They are sure to enjoy all the new sights and smells.

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Crunchy Leaves

Fall is full of mostly great activities but those of you who are home owners understand the struggle that comes with falling leaves. Raking can be a dreaded task but with a dog around it can be fun. Rake all the leaves together and put a small amount into that summer kiddy pool that is laying around. All you have to do is hide some toys in the leaves for your pup to find. Make sure you remove all the sticks so there are no unexpected surprises during your dog’s leaf adventures. Take pictures as they discover the joys of crunchy leaves!

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Play Dress Up

Howl-oween is coming quick so it’s time to find the perfect costume for you and your furry friend!

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Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice

While your baking pumpkin pies and drinking pumpkin spice lattes don’t forget about a major part of your family – the dog. We know those begging puppy eyes can be so hard to say no to, so why not make them their own special fall treat? Look at these no-bake pumpkin treats your dog is sure to love. 

Over the Mountain and Through the Woods

To the campsite we go! The cool weather is perfect for hiking and camping. A lot of campsites are now dog friendly so your k9 explorer doesn’t have to miss out on the adventures. They can fish, hike and even swim with you without getting overheated.

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Have some great fall adventures planned for you and your pup? Share them with us on Instagram, @coastalpetproducts, or Facebook, @coastalpetproducts. We want to see what adventures you came up with this season.

Responsible Dog Ownership Month

September is the AKC’s Responsible Dog Ownership Month. This is a time set aside to focus on what it really means to be a responsible dog owner.

Am I ready to commit?

Thinking about getting a puppy? Asking yourself some simple questions prior to choosing a dog can set you and your furry friend up for a happy, healthy relationship. The first one should be, “Am I ready to commit to the responsibility of owning a dog for his or her entire lifetime?”

Owning a dog is a significant commitment – not only of your time, but also money. This includes everything from daily exercise and mental stimulation to proper nutrition and healthcare.

Avoid impulsive decisions. Do your homework by researching different breed characteristics or consider adopting a puppy or dog from a shelter. Talk to other dog owners about the pros and cons of their dogs. Most people will be more than happy to share their experiences to help you make an informed decision.

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How do I choose the right dog?

Identify the type of dog that matches your lifestyle and works with your living space. Size, exercise requirements, grooming needs, temperament and compatibility with children and adults should all figure into your decision. The most common reason dogs are surrendered to shelters is due to a mismatch between the owner’s lifestyle and the dog’s needs.

Do you want a purebred dog or a mixed breed dog? The only significant difference between the two is that purebreds are all members of the same breed and share common traits called the “breed standard”.

A good breeder will allow you to see where the puppies are raised, meet the dam and the sire and interact with the puppies. They will also be willing to take the puppy back for any reason whatsoever and should specify this in the contract.

Mixed breeds offer several advantages over purebreds. You benefit from the combined traits of two or more breeds. You also get a dog likely to have fewer genetic defects common to certain purebred dogs. Mixed breeds, in fact, are often considered the more “natural” dog.

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Benefits of a Rescued Dog

Consider adopting a dog or puppy from a rescue group. Reputable organizations carefully evaluate dogs to ensure they are placed in appropriate homes. Consider the following benefits associated with adopting:

  • All dogs deserve a second chance.
  • An adoption counselor can help you select a dog that will match your lifestyle.
  • If you lack the time or patience to housetrain a puppy or correct problems like chewing and jumping, an adult dog may be a better choice.
  • Although an active, bouncy dog might catch your eye, a more quiet or reserved dog could be a better match for your lifestyle.
  • Shy dogs can be very sensitive and require gentle handling. Are you able to provide that kind of care?

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What are the needs of each life stage?

  • Don’t skimp on food quality. Proper nutrition is vital to a long and active life.
  • You must be able to afford preventative healthcare, including vaccinations and parasite control as well as medical expenses due to illnesses or injuries.
  • Responsible dog owners limit reproduction through spay/neuter, containment or managed breeding.
  • Be prepared to make quality of life decisions in consultation with your veterinarian as your dog ages.
  • Make prior arrangements for your dog’s care in the event you can no longer care for them.

Always be Prepared

  • Clean up after your dog when walking, hiking or hanging out in public. This is not only respectful to others, it helps maintain a healthy environment.
  • Do your homework. Obey all local ordinances, including leash requirements and noise control.
  • Be sure to provide a secure area for exercise. Don’t allow your dog to stray, and make sure they are properly identified in the event they do become lost (i.e. ID tags, microchips, personalized collars).
  • Incorporate your dog into your family emergency plans in the event of a fire or other disaster.

Being a responsible dog owner will ensure the best possible experience for both you and your dog. Enjoy!