Any tips for doggie's first thanksgiving?
Topic: Any tips for doggie's first thanksgiving?
June 16, 2019 / By Deni Question:
My 1 year old dog and I are joined at the hip, and I don't have the heart (much less the finances) to put her up in a kennel or boarding facility/pet hotel when I leave town for the holidays.
Any thing I should be aware of before we make our trip?
I am bringing her crate, even though she is used to roaming free here at home. She's really good with people, even though she has a tendency to get overly excited. Also, what about all the wonderful scents she will be smelling? I'm planning to give her these doggy turkey burger treats I saw at our local pet store, but I'm sure they will pale in comparison to what will be wafting from the kitchen!
Best Answers: Any tips for doggie's first thanksgiving?
Caleigh | 2 days ago
You sound like you've got it all sorted. Make sure to keep the dog out of the way and from under foot. If there's a ton of kids there, and she starts getting too excited, crate her in the room where everyone is so she's still part of the excitement, but safe and sound from little grabby hands. Its a lot nicer to not have to worry about the dog while socializing with family and friends.
You can give your dog pieces of the turkey if you'd like because it is good for dogs and will make a great treat. However, make sure that kids don't feed your dog anything you don't want.
I am the one who hosts Thanksgiving at my house. I have two medium dogs and one small dog. Each dog has their designated routine. The dogs get their breakfast in the morning around 8 per usual, and then the preparation begins. When people start to show up, Dio the shepherd mix goes in his crate until everyone is in the house, and has been there for a while. He will tell me when he's ready to come out because he gets stressed around lots of people. Sometimes he wants out, other times he stays in his crate the whole time except when he wants to get a potty, water and food break. Dexter my pit mix, loves to mingle with all the people and play with the kids, and my dachshund just hangs out under the tables looking for food...lol. If at any time my guests feel uncomfortable around the dogs I have their crates set up so I can put them up. When the food is served, ALL DOGS GO IN CRATES so there is never any issue with begging or the kids feeding them things I don't want them to eat. The kids are pretty good...except for my 4 year old nephew who sometimes gets too rough with my poor pit mix. He likes to make Dex smile...lol.
After everyone is done eating, the dogs get some tasty treats of turkey and their raw feed dinners in their crates where the kids are NOT ALLOWED ANYWHERE NEAR DURING FEEDING TIME, and afterwards get to go out back to do their business and have a little run. Once they're done, if the kids want to play with them they are allowed, but under direct adult supervision... MY supervision. Kids should not be left unattended around dogs no matter the size of the dog or the age of the kid. Since she gets overly excited, the crate may be the best place for the dog. Just let her stay in on the action. If she barks, then you may need to remove her to a back room where the sound won't annoy people. The idea is to be respectful since you are the guest.
The crate is the best thing since it keeps the dog safe, your family and friends safe and the dog out of their faces, etc.
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Originally Answered: what should i take in my doggie-bag.for traveling?
- Vet records including rabies license
- Phone numbers of your regular vet and also an emergency vet in the area you'll be staying
- Photos of your dog (in case he runs off, you have something to show people to find him again)
- Food, treats, bottled water
- Cleanup supplies in case there's an in-car accident
- Any medications he uses
- A first aid kit
- Lots of paper towels, if that's your potty break preference
I would keep a tight fitting collar with his ID tag, rabies tag, and if he has one, microchip tag on him at all times while traveling.
Since you're bringing her crate, crate her after the dinner is ready, in a room away from the dining area. That way, you wont have to worry about anyone sneaking anything unhealthy to her. So long as she's been fed that day, I wouldn't worry about how the scents from the kitchen are going to bother her. Just keep her out of the kitchen and leave well enough alone. She might have a couple of sniffs, but a well trained dog wont act any differently towards it, and it shouldn't be something you need to worry about :)
Not sure how your dog is with these kinds of things, but my previous dogs LOVED anytime I or my family make a whole turkey. We don't use the neck, gizzards, etc... (basically the stuff that comes in the bag inside of the turkey, lol), so they normally get the neck, etc... for breakfast. I haven't done this with Gibbs yet, since I haven't cooked a whole turkey around him yet, but I plan to do so this year. That might also help keep your pup's mind off of the smells from the kitchen. If she's not used to meat, etc... though, you might want to try this at a different time, lol.
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It sounds like you are planning well. Now, I know that you have to be careful about sudden changes in a dog's diet and some breeds more than others, but I admit that on Thanksgiving, I always gave our dog some turkey, dressing, veggies and mashed potatoes with a little gravy. The dogs always loved it and none of them ever got sick.
Remember that before WWII, there was no dog food industry. Dogs lived on table scraps. So just don't give the dog bones, none of the rest is bad for them beyond spoiling them a little.
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Snoopy & Woodstock having their little Thanksgiving dinner may well be incredibly stunning. this way of classic. Little pilgrim hats and indian feathers (decrease out of shape paper) being pasted on applicable of their heads in photos. Make the board like a collection Thanksgiving table and shrink out photos of foodstuff and have canine photos decrease out like they're attacking the foodstuff or hiding in the back of issues.
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Before you make the trip down bring your dog for an hour long walk to make sure she doesn't have any energy to bug you or other people. when you get there bring her for a walk around and show her that it is safe then allow her to go in the room. Always enter the place before your dog goes in or she will think that this is her place and that she is the leader. just remember the basics stuff, leash, collar, food, and i would bring her vet stuff just in case something happens and she needs to see a vet.
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