Planning a trip to the apple orchard this fall? There are so many to choose from in New England, but surprisingly only a few that allow dogs. Doe Orchards in Harvard, Massachusetts, located just within an hour’s drive from Boston, is one of the few exceptions. We love that it’s dog-friendly. After all, apple picking is way more fun when you can do it with your pup!
Apple picking is a fall activity that’s fun for the whole family – including your dog! Below are some tips to make your trip fun for everyone:
- Apples are safe for dogs to consume and make for a tasty treat! Just watch out for rotten or insect-infested ones on the ground.
- Be respectful. Bring poop bags with you and clean up after your pup, and keep your dog on leash and in control around others, especially kids.
- Keep your distance from other animals. Only approach other dogs with their owners’ permission, and stay clear of farm animals. We learned on a previous trip that our dog wouldn’t stop barking at horses (he is a shepherd after all), and he nearly caused a stampede.
- Always call ahead to make sure the orchard is okay with you bringing your dog. Information on the web could be outdated, and you don’t want to find out their rules have changed after driving all the way out to the country.
- Have fun! Explore the trails, take lots of pictures, and enjoy a beautiful, fall day at the orchard with your best friend.
Do you know of other dog-friendly apple orchards in New England? Share in the comments below!