Autumn: the good, the bad and the very very muddy!
It’s true that Autumn can bring various challenges for dogs and owners alike. With the nights drawing in, fireworks displays stretching into the New Year and the endemic presence of Lungworm it seems there’s not much to celebrate….
Here at No Bones we don’t like to dwell on the negatives, and in the words of Julie Andrews; here are a few of our favourite Autumn things!
Fresh, crisp Autumn walks
There’s nothing we love more than escaping into the woods with our four legged friends to frolic in colourful leaves, splash around in the mud and breathe in the crisp morning air! If work makes it a struggle to get out then make the most of your days off…you and your dog will appreciate it! Check out the perfect places in Britain to see the arrival of Autumn!
Sand is back in season!
When summer is over it means one thing – canines can hit the beach! No crowds of people and no restriction signs, our dogs can stretch their legs and frolic in the salty goodness of the sea… and what’s nicer than warming up at your favourite dog friendly coffee shop? Look up your nearest dog friendly beach and enjoy!
Missing the 90’s club look?
As the nights draw in you may find yourself with no choice but to exercise your dog in the dark. That’s not a problem for our four legged night vision pros, but hunting them down in the darkness becomes a little tricky! Fear not! You can kit your pup out in the latest high-vis gear, there are many products on the market including our favourite- the flashing dog collar. (Remember to stay safe yourself if walking at night!)
On cold miserable days there’s nothing we love more than cosying up in our local pub with a glass of wine and some delicious grub. And there’s no reason why we can’t enjoy our favourite past time with our hound by our side. Most dogs love nothing more than to be with their owner and if properly trained your dog will be content chilling out with their ‘human’ in any ‘dog friendly’ establishment. Check out www.doggiepubs.org.uk to find out where you and your pooch are welcome!
Indoor fun and games
What about when the nasty weather hits and even your dog doesn’t want to join you outside?
If you (and they) simply can’t face it you can both enjoy ‘playtime’ indoors. Teach them ‘hide and seek’ with their favourite toy; asking them to stay while you hide it, then calling ‘find it’ to encourage them to sniff it out. You can increase the distances until you’re able to send them to different rooms of the house. Playing games and teaching your dog new tricks will not only encourage more movement, it will keep them mentally fit and improve their focus. Don’t forget to stock up on your No Bones treats as a reward!