Dogs love this time of year. The air is crisp and filled with scents and sounds and they can’t wait to get out and enjoy it. To make things even better, the bold colors of the season are a visual delight for us as we traverse our neighborhoods, local parks, green spaces and wooded areas with our Goldendoodle companions.

Exercise for mind, body and soul

Breathing re-circulated air all day at your office or within your home can leave you feeling stuffy and  clogged up. The same holds true for your beloved dog. Getting outside every day offers more benefits than simply exercise. Clearing the cobwebs from your mind helps to keep stress from gaining a foothold. Breathe deeply during your walk, hike or jog and your dog will pick up on the positive energy shift as well. Remember, animals are especially sensitive to emotion, mood and energy. This is why dogs often bark, snarl or growl when they encounter someone or something they don’t like.

Get pics of you and your doodle

Don’t forget to take your camera or your cell phone to capture the moments. Your Goldendoodle will love to explore the scurrying critters under the leaves. The smells at this time of year are abundant with all the animals and birds preparing for winter. Play fetch, throw the ball or the stick and watch your dog smile from the inside. Capture the joy in pictures and video so you can revisit it again and again.

Back to school

School’s back in session and the social butterfly that is your Goldendoodle loves to accompany you everywhere. If you walk to school with your kids this can be an awesome time to exercise the dog as well. Just be sure that you have a plan once you are near school property. No matter how well behaved your dog is, leaving him or her unattended is a poor idea.

Ideally, you can kiss the kids and drop them off at the property boundary when they are old enough. However, many younger children in preschool and kindergarten require parents to sign in and sign out. If this is the situation for your children and you can’t see your doodle at all times, taking your dog for a family walk in the afternoon is a better option.

Runners: Get the gear you need

Since you will be trying to get copious amounts of exercise in the Autumn to combat the upcoming turkey dinners and inevitable pumpkin pies, you might turn to running to maintain that svelte figure. If this applies to you and your doodle, be sure that you have the accessories you need.

Make sure that your doodle’s walking harness fits correctly. Check that your leash has not become frayed or threadbare. Some items may have wear that you haven’t noticed before, so make a good gear check before you go out. If you don’t already have a suitable walking/running harness, it is a worthy investment. It enables you to attach the leash at a point near the shoulder blades or in front of the chest and this protects your dog’s neck from being strained by pulling on the leash. Using the right equipment for safety will let you have fun and relish the moments you spend together with your Goldendoodle.