5 outdoor fall activities for you and your dog!

Written by Nat Smith, Rover.com community member. Rover is the nation’s largest network of 5-star pet sitters and dog walkers.


5 outdoor fall activities for you & your dog


fall doggy


#5 Doga



Whether you’re an experienced yogi or you’ve skipped out so far, fall is the perfect time to get outdoors and stretch with your pup. Dogs love being a part of our activities, and Doga is a wonderful way to bond with your pet. You’ll help your dog get into various positions, and it has health benefits for dogs as well as humans! Doga can also include a simple massage.

The best thing about doing yoga together outdoors? If your pet wants to wander off for a bit to play on their own, you’ll have time for a sun salutation–your dog can be as involved as they’d like, or just enjoy the autumn sunshine. Look for an outdoor Doga class in your area, or read up on it and give it a try on your own.


#4 Corn Maze


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Dogs get excited about everything, and bringing your pup along to the corn maze will renew your enthusiasm for this fall tradition. Find dog-friendly corn mazes in your area, and get familiar with their rules. Your dog must be well-behaved and leashed, and as always, you’ll need to bring poop bags to clean up after your pet.

Once you’re there, let your pup take the lead and see where you end up! Even if they aren’t able to lead you to the exit, they’ll enjoy every step of the adventure.


#3 Camping


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Fall camping has endless upsides: No crowds, it’s not too hot, and the views are incredible. Bring your dog along for an unforgettable weekend. You’ll stay active getting lots of playtime, and take amazing photos of your time in the wild.

Smart, well-trained dogs do best on extended outdoor adventures. If you’re backpacking, you can also get a pack for your pup to carry some of their own food. Your dog will love being able to help!


#2 Trail Running


trail runs

There’s no better time to hit the trails than crisp fall mornings. Lace up your trail running shoes and invite your pup to join you. As you take in the changing leaves, your pet will get an amazing workout, and their enthusiasm will be infectious. Trail runs offer more variety for both of you, and dogs especially love getting away from the concrete jungle.

If you’re running in a thorny area, make sure you both have adequate foot protection. Check your pet’s paws before and after the run, and look for trails that are safe for both of you. Some trails allow dogs only when on-leash, while others restrict all dogs. If you want to let your dog off-leash, be sure they’re well-trained, and look for a local trail that welcomes off-leash dogs.


#1 Leaf-Pile Playtime



Rake up a big pile of leaves, jump in, and play! Your dog will be thrilled at the opportunity to make such a delightful mess. What could be better?

Don’t have a dog of your own? Join Rover.com and become a dog-sitter, so you can find a buddy to bring along on your next adventure.


26 thoughts on “5 outdoor fall activities for you and your dog!

  1. I love this post!! My dogs absolutely love the fall. The weather is nice and cool. they love playing in the leaves. That husky photo in the hammock is one of my all time favorite photos. We have a husky and she is a hot mess. Such a cute idea for a post! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

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  2. Leaf Pile playtime is the best! My dog looks forward to this every fall. We have so much fun taking videos of him running and jumping as high as his short little legs can take him.

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  3. The dog in the first picture is a Pomeranian, right? Oh he/she is so cute!!! I’ve seen videos of dog yoga (or Doga) and I am impressed at how well the dogs carry on with the “poses.” I wish our dog would be able to do that too. I guess our dog is more of the “running” kind so going down hiking trails and the leaf pile would make him happy.

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  4. Awww, what a fun post! I would TOTALLY want to try Doga with Buster. I feel like he’d fall asleep immediately, but he loves to be wherever I am so it’s perfect 🙂 We actually took him apple picking this weekend. He loved it but he gets grumpy and runs out of steam after a while so we fed him donuts and he was fine again. lol.

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  5. Great ideas, love the pics, envious of the North American scenery too. I love your comment about smart well trained dogs doing best. My Labrador has fleeting moments of this but not often! Then, if he was well trained, I’d have nothing to blog about. Anyway, some New Year’s Resolutions in this blog to commit to I think..

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