Now that football season has officially started, people all over the nation will be tailgating with friends, family, and hopefully man’s best friend! It is important to keep in mind that not all places are pet friendly, so before you even begin planning to take your dog, double check that it is ok to do so. Tailgating has become one of America’s favorite pastimes, so why not be able to spend it with the WHOLE family?
Whether you are attending someone else’s tailgate party, planning your own, going to be at a college campus or major stadium, here are 5 tips to make it dog-friendly.
1. Consider Your Dog's Personality - Ask yourself if your dog can handle all the excitement that comes with tailgating. Is he social? Does he respond well to strangers? Is he good with kids? Be honest with your answers. Your dog may be comfortable during your backyard BBQs, but that does not mean he’ll love tailgating. A stressed-out dog is an unhappy dog.
2. Provide Shade, Water & Comfort – Just as humans need to get out of the sun for a while (even on cooler days), so does man’s best friend. Also be sure to provide enough water so your dog does not become dehydrated. Place the water is in a spot where it is easily accessible and won’t get knocked over by excited fans. Also, your canine companion will need a spot to call his own when he gets overwhelmed or tired. Bring his bed or crate and set it up in a quiet and cool spot.
3. Maintain Your Dog's Regular Diet – Any change in your dog's normal diet can give your pet severe indigestion and diarrhea. To eliminate the possibility of your dog consuming unsafe foods, be sure to bring your own supply of food and treats. Many human foods like onions, avocado, grapes and raisins can be toxic. Also, keep alchoholic beverages away from your dog as they have the potential to be poisonous.
4. Keep Your Dog Leashed – You never know when a car will come out of nowhere, or a loud noise will scare a dog, so it is in their best interest to be on a leash at all times.
5. Clean up After Your Dog – This is one of the most important aspects of taking dogs to a tailgating party. Make sure you have enough plastic bags with you and the pooper scooper to be able to clean up after them.