Including Your Dog in Your Thanksgiving Celebrations
From the Macy’s Day Parade to the apple pie, your Thanksgiving traditions probably include plenty of food, a little napping, and something fun. It can be easy to overlook your pup throughout all of the cooking, the family, the friends, and the activities, but on the day of giving thanks, you should definitely include your furbaby.
Whether you are hosting the gathering or you are attending a pet-friendly event, the day is not your typical Thursday. You need to prepare for more than just the recipe you are in charge of; there are a few things to do before the celebrations begin.
Thanksgiving With Your Pup
The smell of Thanksgiving is rarely described as ‘dirty dog mixed with nutmeg and stuffing.’ Make sure to bathe your pup before the big day.
Clean Your House
If the party is happening at your place, make sure to get rid of any dog odors or lingering pet hair. If you prepare your house ahead of time, you’ll only need to do some quick cleaning on Thanksgiving Day.
You cannot expect your dog to hang out and relax throughout the event if he hasn’t exhausted himself earlier in the day. While you may already have a lot on your plate, take an hour or so out of your morning and head outside. You can throw the ball or go for an extra-long walk, but make sure you give your furbaby plenty of time to burn off energy.
Set Up a Treat Bowl
Help prevent any obnoxious begging by keeping your dog’s belly full and happy throughout the celebrations. You can keep treats out and easily accessible by guests to spoil your pup.
Create a Quiet Space
Thanksgiving gatherings generally become loud. Guests are sharing stories, laughing, and singing along to the music. Your dog needs an escape route and a safe, quiet place to retreat.
Keep Food Out of Reach
Raw turkey isn’t only dangerous for you, but your dog can also become extremely sick if he gets a hold of it. There will be plenty of foods that your dog shouldn’t be eating, but even the dishes that are safe shouldn’t be eaten by your pup before or during the feast meant for humans. It is rude and can be a big turn-off to the two-legged guests. You can spoil your dog with the ultimate meal after everyone’s plates have been cleared - but don’t forget that your furbaby cannot have the turkey bones.
If your day seems a bit too full to include your furbaby, consider reserving him a spot at the dog spa for the day. A day of pampering and play will leave him happy and keep you free to partake in all of the festivities!