Tomorrow, Americans across the country will be celebrating the Fourth of July just how it was meant to be celebrated: with barbecue, beer, and a bunch of good friends and relatives. If you’re hosting a BBQ at your house and you plan to have your dog present, follow these tips to make sure your four-legged friend behaves:
1. Keep all human food out of paw’s reach. If you’ve ever turned an eye for a second only to have your plate of freshly cooked burger patties disappear into a furry stomach, then you know how important it is to keep dogs far away from any human food. Keep all food elevated, and if your dog is large or a jumper, consider setting up the food buffet style inside so that your dog can stay outside with the crowd and you won’t have to worry. Not only will this keep your guests from going hungry, it wil also ensure your pup doesn’t have access to potentially dangerous things like cooked bones or toxic ingredients.
2. Have a yummy distraction ready. Our dogs’ sense of smell is so good that they basically see with their noses, and barbecues paint quite the delicious picture. Avoid the temptation to give your dog lots of food off the table (that will only teach bad manners), and instead whip up some easy frozen treats just for him. Here are some cool treat ideas to get you started. You can also keep pet-friendly snacks on hand, like organic blueberries, raspberries, or watermelon (just make sure to take out all the seeds). Per usual, always have lots of fresh water available too.
3. Know when enough is enough. Your dog will likely love all the attention and pets, but pay attention to any signs that he is getting tired or antsy. If you notice that it looks like he needs a break, let him chill out inside for awhile. You’ll be able to focus more on your guests, and your dog will get the nap he probably needed to take two hours ago.
Have more tips for a stress-free barbecue? Share in the comments!