Outdoor parties and picnics are a great way to spend time with family and friends. With a little bit of planning, your canine companion can join in the fun, too!
First, make sure the location is dog-friendly or check with the host. Bring appropriate supplies, including a leash, food and water bowls, bed or towel, tie out, chew toys, healthy dog treats, and a retrieving toy such as a ball or frisbee. When you arrive, select an area in the shade that is away from the food preparation. Secure your dog on the tie out, fill the food and water bowls, and lay out their bed and toys. When guests start eating, keep your dog occupied with a game of fetch or an enrichment toy. Beware of picnic scraps such as bones, corn cobs, or other things dogs could choke on. If your dog is getting overstimulated, try to calm him down away from the crowd, or take him on a walk to expel some energy.
Be prepared to leave early. Not all dogs do well at picnics, and they may be more comfortable back at home. Always be a good steward and pick up after your dog, and NEVER put a dog in a warm car.
For more summer dog safety tips, head to wihumane.org!