Saying goodbye to Summer doesn’t necessarily mean saying goodbye to clear skies, sunshine or even seasonal allergies! With Autumn also comes cooler days, darker mornings/evenings and lovely changing landscapes – all which can disrupt you and your dog’s routine. Here are some handy tips and tricks for tackling the new season with your dog!
Daylight – Autumn means less daylight and therefore darker mornings and evenings. This will likely mean that your daily dog walks take place in darkness which can be a safety hazard for both you and your dog. If possible, stay in well lit areas so you can see where you’re walking and if needed, take a torch to highlight paths. Reflective materials will keep you and your dog visible to cars – reflective jackets, collars and flashing lights are all available for a reasonable price and I’ve even used a cat bell on my dog’s collar so I can hear her in the dark! This is particularly handy for dogs with dark coats like mine. Also watch out for broken class and tree roots – I have tripped over a fair few roots myself when out walking during a dark morning!
Cooler Weather – As it’s getting colder in the mornings and evenings, this can affect how you choose to groom your dog. Long hair will be better in keeping your dog warm as opposed to a close trimmed coat during the warmer seasons. It may be an idea to invest in dog clothing such as a coat if your dog is comfortable with it. There are even coats available for long haired dogs (who have shorter legs) that wrap right around the body! This is ideal for keeping your dog’s coat clean too.
Allergies – Often when summer ends, allergies can crop up considerably due to the harvest months and change of season. Look out for any unusual skin conditions and breathing issues such as coughing or snorting. Seek Veterinary guidance if needed as many allergies can be remedied by antihistamines (these work really well for my dog who often develops irritating skin conditions/scratching).
Exercise – You may find that it’s difficult to get out and about with your dog due to bad weather conditions. If you worry that you’re dog isn’t getting enough exercise then please see more of our blog for how to exercise your dog during a spell of bad weather. Keeping your dog active and healthy during the winter months is essential so if an indoor obstacle course needs to be set up then it should be. Even in the cold and bad weather, you’re dog still needs exercise!
Halloween Treats – Needless to say, dogs should not be given any sweeties or chocolate during this season – even if it is Halloween! Keep your dog’s food to meat and veg and make sure they drink plenty of water. When out with your dog, also beware of rotting twigs/leaves which they might pick up. Upset tummies aren’t pleasant for either party!