The heat has finally broken (at least for some of us) and that means it’s safer and more comfortable for us, and our pets, to be outdoors for long periods of time. When temperatures are dangerously high, we all do our part to make sure our dogs and cats are protected from the heat and have plenty of water. Now that we don’t have to worry about that, let’s talk about what fun activities we can participate in with the whole family – both two and four legged!
Long hikes are the first that come to mind when we think about easy fall activities with the pets. There are 423 national parks in America, so you have a lot of options just considering those. If you look local, you’re sure to find plenty of options as well!
National Park Options
In New England, there is the astounding Acadia National Park in Maine. Acadia National Park is 47,000 acres of gorgeous forests, mountains, and ocean property and it allows dogs on their leash. They also require that the owners clean up after their pets by scooping and disposing of their feces. Nothing new to most dog owners though!
Down south you can enjoy the Everglades National Park in Florida, a 1.5 million – yes million – acre spread of protected land only an hour from Miami. Dogs are allowed in select areas of the park but not all of the park, even if it is a service animal, if experts have concluded that their presence would impact the local wildlife in any harmful way.
Out west is most notably the Grand Canyon National Park. Dogs are allowed on trails on the South Rim and must be leashed. They cannot go below the canyon rim. Furthermore, leashes cannot extend six feet.
South Dakota has the breathtaking 244,000 acre Badlands National Park, which is also dog friendly. Don’t be fooled by the name, this park is famous for unique geological structures, gorgeous views, and rich archaeological discoveries. Fun fact: this park was called ‘badlands’ because the local tribe, the Lakota, called it that. Later, the French trappers adapted a similar name, probably inspired by the Lakota tribe. The reason for the daunting name was that this area was difficult to travel through and live in. Rain made the clay dirt sticky and slippery. Both winters and summers are extreme in their conditions and there are not many safe water sources to drink from. Overall, this was never an area to live in, simply one to pass through – at your own risk!
To learn more about our National Parks and which ones are closest to you, visit the National Park Service website.
Local Parks and Trails
But you don’t have to travel across the country to enjoy the fall with your dog. In the age of the internet, a quick Google will show you nearby parks that allow dogs. If you live near the ocean, many beaches that don’t allow dogs in the summer begin to allow them again as the weather turns. Narragansett beach for example, in Rhode Island, allows dogs from mid-September to mid-May.
While you’re preparing for a day or several days of outdoor activities with your dog, it’s important to give them the fuel they need to keep up. That’s why we recommend our High Peaks Pet Pleasers to help keep your dog healthy and comfortable.
Our Pet Pleasers are organic hemp-derived CBD treats. CBD, or cannabidiol, has been proven in various studies to help active bodies. But this doesn’t end with humans. The Endocannabinoid System is present in all animals and therefore means that dogs, cats, even dolphins – will respond to phytocannabinoids because their body already produces endocannabinoids. You can read more about the Endocannabinoid System here.
By giving your dog a High Peaks Pet Pleaser before and after your day of activity, what are you really doing? Well first of all, you’re giving your dog something tasty, and they deserve a treat! Secondly, you’re reducing any potential or present inflammation in the muscles, tendons, etc.. as CBD reduces inflammation anywhere in the body. You’re also helping reduce any anxiety they may be experiencing from being in a new environment and should there be some off-season fireworks: the Pet Pleasers will help with that nervousness too.
So whether you have a big trip planned in one of our national parks, or just a few hours at a local preserve, bring some High Peaks Pet Pleasers for your four-legged family member. They’ll enjoy it and never know how good it is for them!