Dear Pet People,
A visit to the apple orchard is an annual tradition for many of us. Including our dogs in the outing can be a great, memory making experience. While it's smart to check beforehand, many orchards are pet friendly and welcome well mannered and leashed dogs.
September and October are usually weather friendly for dogs - with the daytime temperatures being neither too hot nor too cold. It's a great opportunity for dogs to spend time with their family, and perhaps even make new friends. As well, the photo opportunities are endless, with blue skies and apple trees as the backdrop, so be prepared to capture great pictures.
Since some orchards are also home to farm animals who might be stressed by a close up visit from an unfamiliar dog, it's considerate to keep your dog by your side and well away from resident animals.
With apples come wasps and bees and they seem to be very bothersome during the fall season. A bee sting is painful, and some dogs are allergic to bee stings.
This is something I learned the hard way when my own dog, Jake, once picked up an apple that had a wasp attached. Jake received a nasty sting inside his mouth. Keep an eye on any fallen apples your dog decides to grab and make sure wasps and bees are not attached!
Apples are a safe and healthy treat for dogs. They can be baked into dog cookies or served sliced and stuffed into a Kong with some peanut butter.
Every time your dog joins you on an outing - especially to unfamiliar places, it's important to make sure they have proper identification attached. All pets should wear an id tag on their collars with up to date phone and contact information engraved on the tag. PetBling.ca has a fantastic selection of custom id tags!
Apples, fresh air and your dog - it's a winning combination!
Enjoy your pets,