Updated October 6, 2021
For most, it is a family tradition to visit the pumpkin patch. As soon as a leaf falls on the ground, we start to research the pumpkin patches we want to visit throughout October. Did you also know that many folks use pumpkin patches as a great training opportunity for their dogs?
When visiting a dog-friendly pumpkin patch, have a game plan and stay in the areas where fewer people are hanging out and use treats to encourage calm behavior. When we see a dog, we treat our dog Sherman generously as he’s typically reactive on a leash with other dogs. He needs environmental enrichment!
Come and grab pumpkins at Fang! Pet & Garden Supply
Six dog-friendly pumpkin patches
So, where can you bring your dog this month? Our staff found some great options- don’t forget your Pumpkin Spiced Latte. We vetted each of these for you. But if you have additional questions, be sure to check their sites and shoot them an email.
Some places only have a pumpkin patch or corn maze, so be sure to check their website.
Would you please click on the links to get details about other events and COVID policies?
This pumpkin patch is a fave of many on Sauvie Island, and dogs are allowed but not in the haunted maze. And that’s not a great spot for dogs anyway! Too scary!
16205 NW Gillihan Rd.
Portland, OR 97213
Reminder: Dogs on a leash ARE allowed in regular corn maze only (NOT Haunted Maze).
Plumper Pumpkin Patch in NW Portland:
“They should be friendly with other furries and people, on a leash at all times, and the owner is responsible for messes,” according to the folks we emailed, so don’t forget your poop bags!
11435 NW Old Cornelius Pass Rd
Portland, OR 97231
Reminders from their site:
- Know your dog’s temperament. They must be good with people, in crowds, and good with other dogs and our farm animals. (Typically, dogs are not allowed on hayrides)
- Keep dogs on a short lease, by your side at all times (no extended leases). Please remember not all people like dogs.
- Pick up after them as needed (we do supply poop bags or, better yet, bring your own).
Liepold Farms in Boring, Oregon, says yes!
“Yes, as long as your dog is friendly, on a leash at all times, and you clean up after your pooch.”
14050 SE Richey Road
Boring OR 97009
Buy tickets to their fall festival!
Bauman Farms in Gervais says well-behaved dogs are welcome!
12989 Howell Prairie Rd. NE
Gervais, OR 97026
Reminder: Yes, non-aggressive, well-behaved pets are always welcome. We require that you keep your pet on a leash and that you immediately clean up after your pets.
The Patch in Woodland says pets are welcome but must remain on a leash!
612 Whalen Rd.
Woodland, WA 98674
They have two corn mazes and ask that you always pick up after your pet!
Bi-Zi Farms in Vancouver asks that pets stay on a short leash.
9504 NE 119th St.
Vancouver WA. 098662
“We do allow pets to enter as long as they are on a 6ft. set length leash. We do not allow traveling leashes as they can become a tripping hazard.”
So if you need some training tips or have questions about the best leash to take on your trip, please ask our staff! We can guide you through the dog gear that is best suited for your dog-friendly pumpkin patch adventure.
If you’re looking for training tips before you go, Patricia McConnell is an expert that is worth getting to know. According to Patricia McConnell, Ph.D., animal behaviorist, and ethologist, and an adjunct professor in Zoology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison,
“Exercise and time outdoors have a profound effect on dogs and people. Both on healing from drama and building resilience.”
Leash reactive dogs need to build their resilience – a trending topic that focuses on the process of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, or even significant sources of stress. Reactive dogs need to build resilience. One way to build resilience is opportunities to use his nose! Just spending 30-minutes in the pumpkin patch is enrichment, and he learns that seeing other dogs equals hot dogs.
Would you please ask our staff if you need any additional training tips or gear for the pumpkin patch?
Also, share your ideas by leaving a comment.