A visit to a local pumpkin patch with your dog can certainly make for some wonderful memories not to mention some great photo opportunities! But, before you plan on bringing your pooch along to the pumpkin patch, be sure to check out these tips:
1.) Call Ahead
Make sure to take a moment and call the pumpkin patch to find out if they're pet-friendly before heading there with your dog in tow. Not all pumpkin patches are fido friendly so it would be wise to call ahead and make sure your pup is welcome.
2.) Pack Some Essentials
Take waste bags, water, snacks, your dog's current ID tag and a dog leash that will ensure you're in control and your dog is safe.
3.) Bring Trained Dogs
Pumpkin patches are filled with lots of people, including children. So be sure your dog is relatively well-socialized before planning on an outing to a pumpkin patch. If your dog doesn't do well with crowds or children, it may be wise to leave them home for the outing.
4.) Take A Walk Before You Go
Take your dog on a walk before heading out to the pumpkin patch so they can go to the bathroom. You don't want your dog to pee on the pumpkins. The walk will also allow your pooch to expend some energy so they're more relaxed at the patch.
5.) Watch For Other Animals
Pumpkin patches are located on farms where different farm animals will likely reside. Goats, pigs, horses and other animals may be at the pumpkin patch so it's important to keep your dog on a short leash. There's also the possibility that snakes will be lurking near the pumpkins so be sure to keep a close eye on your pup as they sniff around the pumpkins and explore.