Outdoor festivities are a great way to spend time with family and friends, breathe in the fresh air and enjoy some great food. And with a little planning, your dog can enjoy with you.
First thing you'd want to do is to be sure the location is dog-friendly and follow all posted rules. When you arrive, tend to your dog first; you can socialize later. Make sure the area for them to release themselves is away from any food. On that same note, beware of food scraps like bones, corn cobs and other things dogs could choke on. Have high value treats and reward your dog for walking well on leash. If there are guests who are leery, do not force your dog on them. It could be a bad experience for both the guests and your dog.
You know your dog best. If they're not very social with people or other dogs at home, chances are they're not going to be very social in a new and stressful environment. In this case, you may be better off leaving them at home. But if your dog is a social butterfly, you can introduce your dog to the guests, of course only to those who want to meet your dog.
Here are more tips to remember:
- Be sure your dog is leashed for the entire event
- Be sure your dog's vaccinations are up-to-date
- Bring waste bags and use them!
- Keep your dog hydrated; bring water with you
- Make sure your dog has current information on his/her collar just in case he/she gets away from you
- Remember, some people are afraid of dogs, it is important to ask permission before having your dog approach another person
- Don't let your dog approach another dog without asking the owner
- NEVER leave your dog alone in a vehicle!
If the event allows for you to play freely with your dog ensure you bring appropriate supplies, which may include:
- Dog bed or towel
- Long line or tie out
- Chew toys and water
- Tennis ball, Frisbee or other retrieving toy
We wish you a safe and joyful event.