Dog-Friendly Entertaining Tips for Thanksgiving

Monday, November 23, 2015

It's almost that time again, where you house fills up with friendly guests and good food.  But, there are some things you need to keep in mind when it comes to your dog (or any pet). 

I've heard horror stories of dogs that get into something they shouldn't and have to be rushed to the vet.  You don't want that to interrupt your holiday so make sure you follow these dog-friendly tips.

[1] No Table Scraps
It's [NOT] a good habit to get into and there's things that are put into human food (yes, even meats) that aren't good for dogs.  Make sure your guests know this is the rule in your home. Trust me, your dog may beg, but I assure you he will be just fine without scraps from your plate!

[2] Keep Your Dog Busy
There will be //a lot\\ of activity and it's easy to get overwhelmed when you're a dog so make sure you have plenty of things for your dog to do so they don't get into trouble.   I give mine chewies.   I highly recommend the Benebone Wishbone!

They come in different sizes and flavors and are made with food-grade nylon.   They are perfect for keeping your dog occupied.  Plus, when you purchase Benebone, a portion of the sale is donated to animal support organizations! OH and they are made in the USA!

[3] Keep Coats & Bags Up High
When your guests arrive, make sure you put their coats and bags somewhere your dogs can reach.  Dogs can get nosy and if they happen to snoop in pockets or purses they can get into some dangerous things like pills, gum, etc.  This is also a good habit to get into because sometimes little boy dogs (like my Rocky) like to sniff around and mark new items by lifting their leg.  {{{That's right - Rocky has sprinkled on his fair share of purses!}}}

[4] Safe Zone
If your dog tends to get overwhelmed when there are a lot of people over, make sure he has a nice quiet area he can retreat to at any time.  It's always good to keep a cage or crate or his dog bed in a room that's quiet.   If he seems to be overwhelmed, you may have to put him there yourself. 

[5] Celebrate with Your Pet 
All the fuss with your guests can make your dog feel left out so make sure you include him in your celebration and continue to give him regular attention throughout the day. This way, everyone has a good time! 

What tips do you have for pet-friendly entertaining? 

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  1. These are great tips, such a great photo of all of your babies!

    Xo Chelsea

    1. i figured it was a good excuse to post more photos of them haha

  2. These are great tips! And then there are the people who just hate animals, and they can choose to not come over!

    Kayla @ a paper arrow.


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