Walk Your Dog Week To-Do List

This may very well be one of Fido’s favorite weeks: it’s Walk Your Dog Week. This certainly is the perfect time for it. Fall’s cool weather and gorgeous scenery make for absolutely perfect dog-walking weather! Here, a Columbia, MD vet lists some things to put on your agenda.

Work On Training

Once the weather cools, Fido probably won’t want to spend a lot of time outdoors. (Note: If you have a snow dog, like a husky, your pooch may be perfectly content in the cold. However, that’s another topic.) Take advantage of those last warm days, and take your canine pal outside for a fun training session. If your pet is still working on basics, such as Sit, Stay, and Come, focus on those. Otherwise, you can start working on other commands, such as Leave it or Down. Or, show him some cute tricks.

Take Time To Play

There are few things more likely to put a smile on your face than watching a dog happily bouncing around, just having fun and enjoying life. Carve out some time for playing Fetch or Tag with your furry bff!


Autumn is absolutely perfect for exploring new parks and trails. Grab some coffee and your canine buddy, and head out on a one-tank trip.

Set Up A Puppy Playdate

Socialization is just as important for dogs as it is for people. If you have friends or family members with polite, well-behaved dogs, make plans to do all of the above together.

Gear Check

It’s time to start thinking about winter. If Fido needs a jacket or sweater on chilly days, take some time to make sure his clothes are clean, in good repair, and still fit.

Photo Shoot

This is a great time of year to get some really cute shots of your canine companion. Pick a spot that contrasts with Fido’s coat. You can go for a professional shoot, and snap pics of your pooch sitting quietly or watching leaves falling. Or, have some fun with it: take your furry pal’s pic as he’s jumping into a leaf pile, or just playing with a ball or Frisbee.

Ear Scritches

Get that tail going! Give Fido a new toy or a special seasonal snack. Pumpkin-flavored dog treats would not be inappropriate.

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