This thanksgiving is a special one because we are able to safely celebrate thanksgiving with our loved ones once again. We are so excited to be with the ones we love and that definitely includes our dogs! If you are visiting a friend or family for thanksgiving and want to bring your dog along, here are some helpful tips to keep in mind before Thursday.
1. Make Sure Your Dog is Invited
While we love our dogs and want them involved in all of our events, it is important to make sure the hosts feel the same. It never hurts to text or call to confirm your dog’s attendance is welcomed. They might have concerns about their own pet’s interacting with yours, feel uncomfortable due to allergies, or generally having a pet in their home. To avoid any awkward conversations, it is a good idea to bring it up beforehand.
2. Spend Some Time Outside
Thanksgiving dinner means your dog will be meeting lots of new people, which can be overwhelming and overstimulating. Make sure to take a long walk, run, or spend time playing outside for a while before dinner time. That way your dog will be tired out and less likely to get stressed or energetic. Consider asking the host if they have a fenced-in yard your dog could play in, that way they can take a break if needed. A great tip to ease stress during Thanksgiving dinner is using the Zen Frenz CBD Oil, made of all natural ingredients, to keep your dog calm and relaxed throughout the evening.
3. Keep Your Dog Away from Human Food
The kitchen on Thanksgiving can be a hectic place with lots of hot surfaces and sharp tools. This can be a dangerous place for our dogs, so it's best to keep them out of the kitchen. We love our Thanksgiving classics like turkey, pumpkin pie, and cranberry sauce; they smell and taste delicious. Our furry friends feel the same way! And although they taste good to us, they could harm our dogs. It is important to keep an eye on your dog while eating to make sure they don’t pick up any discarded scraps. But our dogs don’t have to be left out of all the yummy treats, check out our latest blog on The Best Dog Approved Thanksgiving Dinner.
4. Bring Something from Home
Although we could spend the whole day talking and laughing with our friends, our pets don’t have the same luxury. They also need to be entertained during the evening, so it might be a good idea to bring their favorite toy or blanket. Noiseless toys would be best in consideration of the other guests.
5. Consider What’s Best For Everyone
Sometimes our dogs don’t do well in high energy environments no matter what we try and that’s okay. While it may be sad, leaving our dogs at home can sometimes be the best option for everyone. Reach out to other friends to see if they can pet sit or try a local day care. Check out our blog about Leaving Your Dog at Home for a Night Out.
We hope these tips are helpful in having a successful, stress free, and fun filled thanksgiving!