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The Guide To Dog-Friendly Tailgating

By Jillian Koeneman

Tailgate parties aren’t just for humans—they’re also the perfect opportunity for your dog to get out, socialize, and join in the fun! Check out these tips to ensure your tailgate is dog- friendly and a good time is had by all.

Get Game Ready: It’s always a wise idea to call ahead and verify the place you are going allows dogs dash: not all college campuses or NFL stadium lots are dog-friendly.

Bring the Right Equipment: Be sure to pack essential items like a collar with ID, regular leash, extended lead, food and water bowls, plenty of fresh water, waste bags, first aid kit, and emergency vet information.

Be Courteous to the other Players: If your dog is not generally well- behaved, a tailgate party may not be the best place for her. Remember not everyone is a dog person, so be sure keep your dog on leash to avoid accidents and penalties. Be conscientious of how others are acting around your dog. If someone is uncomfortable, it’s your job to keep your dog polite.

Serve Tasty Halftime Treats: Resist the temptation to give your dog people food and instead cook up some tasty treats specially for her (like Dog Ollie’s treats below). Be sure to bring along some kibble too if you’re going to be gone during a mealtime.

Dog Ollie’s Treats
From The Honest Kitchen


2 lb grass-fed ground beef
2 large organic eggs
2 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp grated parmesan cheese
2 cups cooked organic red quinoa


1. Mix all ingredients thoroughly and bake in a 9×12 pan at 325 degrees for 15 minutes. Allow to cool for 2 hours.
2. Cut out with bone-shaped treat cutter and frost with plain greek yogurt and chopped bacon.

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