Thanksgiving Tips for Families with Dogs
Having a houseful of human guests is stressful enough, but when your dog is underfoot, or bothersome to your guests, it can be downright dangerous. We’ve compiled a list of tips to help you and your canine compadres survive the feast and focus on giving thanks!
Create a Doggy Den
By nature, dogs are pack animals that live in dens. They take great comfort in having their own secure area. Creating a safe space will allow your dog to escape the festivities if he becomes overwhelmed. If your dog is not crate trained, consider creating a space in your bedroom or another out-of-the-way area of your home where your dog can decompress from the holiday activities.
Take a Long Walk
Burn off any excess energy before company arrives, so your dog will be more likely to settle quickly as visitors arrive.
Break out the “Special” Toys
Buy your dog a new toy, or break out a special toy to keep him occupied while you entertain your human guests.
Avoid Table Scraps
From choking, to pancreatitis, to poisoning, there are a number of problems that table scraps can cause. Ask your guests not to give in to the temptation to treat Fido to their tasty treats.
Adjust Your Dog’s Feeding Schedule
Feed your dog before or during the Thanksgiving meal, so they are less tempted to beg for scraps and you and your guests can dine in peace.
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