8 Local Ways to Connect with your Pet this Fall

Fall is such a magical time of year, especially when you can enjoy it with a dog by your side. From sipping on pumpkin spiced lattes to immersing in fall foliage, there’s no reason you can’t share all the things you love about the season with your furry best friend. To celebrate the colder and colourful days that have arrived here in the mountain town of Whistler, we rounded up our favourite, local ways to connect with your pet this fall. 

1. Go on a mountain or forest sniffari

dog smelling fresh air on a sniffari
A sniffari is a scent walk where your dog’s nose takes the lead, exploring the world by way of all its glorious smells. As dogs rely on their sense of smell to piece together the environment around them, this way of walking mentally stimulates and enriches your furbaby. And chances are, it'll have the same effect on you, too. :)
Local dog-friendly parks in trails: Whistler's Dog-Friendly Parks and Trails

2. Visit a dog-friendly pumpkin patch

dog in a pumpkin patch
A visit to a local pumpkin patch with your dog can make for some great memories and photo opportunities! Be sure to give them a call to find out if the patch you'll be visiting is dog-friendly. 

Locals' favourite: Laughing Crow Organics

3. Make healthy Pumpkin Spiced Puppuccinos

cute dog in bed with pumpkin spiced latte puppuccino coffee
Feeling festive? Make this simple Pumpkin Puppuccino recipe for your fur babe. Pumpkin has a ton of health benefits for your pup and is high in essential fatty acids and antioxidants. Because dogs deserve their own pumpkin spiced latte, too!  
Check out our recipe: Pumpkin Spice Puppuccino Recipe 

4. Make vegan autumn-inspired dog treats

healthy fall dog treat and pupcake recipes
Fall is the perfect time to celebrate pumpkin everything. Pumpkin is full of essential fatty acids that help moisturize your pet’s skin and fur from the inside out. Its flesh and seeds are also packed with beta-carotene (vitamin A), iron, potassium, magnesium, manganese, copper, and zinc. 

5. Play 'Trick for Treat'

cute dog in autumn leaves
Teaching a dog tricks can strengthen your relationship with your pet. When you spend time training your dog, you can increase your bond with each other, improving obedience and behaviour. Teach your dog new tricks or register to a training class.

6. Make a sweater for your pet using upcycled materials

DIY upcycled dog sweaters
If you and your pawl are super stylish, you’ll want to try this easy DIY pet sweater. Upcycle your old sweater and turn it into a sweet-looking sweater! Your precious furbaby will turn many a heads with this charming sweater that will keep them warm!
Get the tutorial here: Upcycled DIY Pet Sweater

7. Hunt for fresh snow

Autumn is defined by of lot of beautiful things, including rainy and colder days. While this sounds more like a cozy, indoor type of weather, rain and cold temps in the valley mean one very exciting thing for a mountain town: snow! So if you're not feeling much like a Netflix and chill kinda day, grab your best pawl, hit (safely) the backroads and hunt for fresh snow!

Check out the local backroads: Vancouver Coast & Mountains Backroad

8. Go on a mountain adventure hike

Dog and woman in the mountains on an autumn day
Autumn can be the best time of the year for hiking with your dog. The cooler temperatures, smaller crowds, and less bugs make it more comfortable for both you and your pup. And the changing colours make already fabulous views even more breathtaking! 

What do you like to do in the fall with your pet? Let us know in the comments! :)

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