TAKE YOUR GREYHOUND TO THE PUMPKIN PATCH
A visit to a local pumpkin patch with your Greyhound can certainly make for some wonderful memories not to mention some great photo opportunities! But, before bringing your hound along to the pumpkin patch, check out these tips:
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 dog friendly so it would be wise to call ahead and make sure your pup is welcome.
Make sure your dog’s ID information is up to date. It would also be ideal if your dog is microchipped so that in case he gets separated from you, he can be taken to a vet where they will check his microchip and contact you.
Pumpkin patches are filled with lots of people, including children. So be sure your dog is relatively well-behaved and well-socialized before planning 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.
Take waste bags, water, snacks, and a dog leash that will ensure you're in control and your dog is safe. Pay attention to keeping your dog hydrated along the way by bringing plenty of water. Also make sure to bring poop bags so you're able to clean up after your dog, as well.
BEFORE YOU GO
Take your dog on a walk before heading out to the pumpkin patch so they can go potty. The walk will also allow your pooch to expend some energy so they're more relaxed at the patch.
Try not to let your dog hang out of the window of a moving vehicle, especially if the vehicle is traveling fast. Dirt, rocks, dust and other debris can scratch your pup's eyes.
Secure your hound while driving. If they are loose, they can distract you and can also get into things that they shouldn't. And if you were to get into an accident or stop suddenly, unrestrained animals can get injured or even killed. It's important to invest in harnesses, crates or seatbelts to ensure they are safe and secure in the vehicle.
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 there 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.
THE BENEFITS OF PUMPKIN
Maybe you will be inspired to add some pumpkin to your Greyhound’s diet. Pumpkin is a nutrient power-house. It is full of beneficial fiber and beta-carotene, zinc, iron, vitamin A and potassium. The fiber in pumpkin can help the digestive system of a dog that has occasional loose stools (have a vet rule out serious illness for diarrhea that persists or recurs.) If you want to add pumpkin to your dog’s diet, start slowly and work up to about 1 tablespoon/day.
You could also make some easy pumpkin treats for your dog – just the thing to take along on your pumpkin patch excursion!
Frozen Pumpkin Dog Treats
- 1 cup plain yogurt
- 1 cup pumpkin puree
Mix pumpkin and yogurt together in a bowl. Divide the mixture evenly into an ice tray or molds.
Freeze for 24 hours. Pop the treats out of the mold and put into a freezer bag for storage. You can also leave them in the ice tray if you have space in your freezer!
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Peanut Butter and Pumpkin Dog Treats
- 2 cups flour
- 1 cup canned pumpkin
- 1/2 cup peanut butter (make sure it is Xylitol-free)
Preheat your oven to 375°F. In a large bowl, mix together the pumpkin and peanut butter. Stir in the flour and combine the mixture into a dough. Roll out the dough onto a floured surface. Cut the dough into shapes with your favorite cookie cutter. Place the treats half an inch apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 12 minutes. Greyhound cookie cutter