Visiting the pumpkin patch is a fun way to bond with the whole family, plus it makes for a great photo opportunity! But if you plan on letting your canine companion join in on the fun, be sure to check out these tips:
Think twice: If your dog doesn’t do well with other dogs, unfamiliar people, or crowds, it may be best to leave him at home for this outing. If your dog needs to work on a little more training or isn’t well socialized, the pumpkin patch probably isn’t the best way to spend the day together. Opt for a walk around the neighborhood instead where there won’t be so many potential hazards.
Call ahead: Not ever pumpkin patch is Fido-friendly and pet policies might change from year to year. To be sure you’re not in for a disappointing surprise once you get there, just call ahead and make sure your pup is welcome.
Take a walk before you go: Give your dog a bathroom break before arriving in this public space (you don’t want your dog to pee on those pumpkins!). Also, getting rid of some of that canine energy beforehand will make for a more relaxed trip to the pumpkin patch that your family can enjoy.
Pack for success: Obviously, bring a leash so that your dog remains safe and in control. Be sure to bring along a few waste bags as well as extra water for your dog. Just like any other outing, your dog should be wearing proper ID.