Thanksgiving is one of our favorite holidays here at Finding Rover—we love the food, the family, the quality time spent with some of our favorite dogs (and people)... With the warmth of all the festivities and holiday spirit, it's easy to get carried away and over spoil our pooches or take them too far outside their normal routine and comfort zone. We've compiled below a quick list of things to keep in mind for this Thanksgiving so your pooch can be healthy, happy and safe while you and your loved ones celebrate.
No Feeding Frenzies
Yes, this is the one day to gorge ourselves on a scrumptious feast, but keep in mind that a lot of the foods we eat are poisonous to pooches! Before you decide to feed your dog Thanksgiving scraps, please refer to our list of Toxic Human Foods for Dogs. It's a good idea to set aside a portion of turkey bits (cooked and sans bones!) and other healthy treats as the designated 'Doggy Stash'—make sure this portion isn't too large (more than a cup is too much). This way, if your guests want to treat the pup, you can ensure that your dog is neither eating too much nor anything detrimental to their health.
A Tired Pooch Is a Calm Pooch
One of the best things about Thanksgiving is that we get to spend quality time with our loved ones, but for your dog, this may mean overstimulation and anxiety. To keep your pup calm throughout the day, make sure you set aside some quality time for them early in the morning. This means someone needs to be on doggy duty to take the furry best friend out and engage them in a good amount of exercise before the guests come over. Once your friends and family arrive, make sure to be attentive to your dog's needs and take them out when they start acting antsy.
Preoccupation Trumps Begging
There are so many opportunities for Fido to beg on Thanksgiving that it could become stressful for both your guests and your pooch. Nip the begging in the bud by directing your dog's attention to something else at the start of the day. A great alternative activity is to freeze peanut butter in a Kong—between the melting and the peanut butter, your dog will be too obsessed over the toy to pay any attention to your guests. If all else fails, separate your dog from the area with food via a gate or by putting them in another room, and give them an activity (like the frozen peanut butter Kong) with which to engage.
Most of all, have fun, enjoy the time spent your loved ones, and let your pooch know how grateful you are to have them in your life! Woof!