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Is Your Dog a Beggar?

Sep 30, 2011

photoEver notice that wet nose and those cold paws rubbing against your leg or lap while you’re sitting at the dinner table? Begging can be quite a nuisance to pet owners. While you may think that it’s inherent in dogs, it is actually a characteristic taught by those around them. Other dogs or even family members can pass this trait on through demonstration or offering food while it’s your meal time. Now your pup thinks that begging will eventually get the results they desire. If your pup is already a beggar, don’t fret, because it is never too late to break this irritating habit.

Signs of begging

Most likely, you will know right away if your pup is a beggar. When you eat, they will undoubtedly want a piece of the action. Pawing, staring, and even whimpering will be common, but be wary of aggressive behavior, as this is a sign that there may be something else awry.

Breaking the habit

What you’ll have to do is basically teach them that begging does not get results. The best place to start is not offering them any more scraps, especially while you’re eating. This is your meal time, and they need to learn that your food is not their food.

The best distraction is, of course, food. While you eat your meal, feed them as well. They will often be far too busy scarfing their own meal down to be concerned with yours. It is best to place their eating spot in a separate room, away from crumbs and children’s “accidental” vegetable drops.

If you do feed your pup scraps though, do it the right way. Don’t let them eat off of your old dinner plates or off the kitchen floor. After you have finished your meal, and your pup has finished theirs, you can use scraps as a treat. Here is the important part- put the food in their dinner bowl so that they will understand that it is theirs. This is important for all their meals. This will help teach them that what they can eat is always offered to them in their personal tray. Just remember that human food can be unhealthy for dogs (for us too, sometimes), so try not to get carried away with scrap offerings.

The biggest part of the habit break is separating them from your meal time. Remember, if there is no opportunity to beg, they will eventually learn to stop. If they do not obediently leave your eating area or continue to sneak in when they think you aren’t looking, it may be a good idea to use a crate. You don’t want them to fear the crate, so try not to treat it as punishment. Offer toys and even their meal or bone to comfort them during dinner time.

The best way to stop begging is to not allow it in the first place. Prevention is important, especially during their early, puppy months. Don’t let them get into the habit of cleaning plates, or let them eat from sneaky fingers under the table. Your pup looks to you as the leader of the pack, so you need to set a good example for them to follow.

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Fireproof

Sep 28, 2011

photoPut the matches up high, hide the lighters, and keep flammable objects out of reach. People often consider the areas of danger that young children tend to get into. But, firebugs aren’t the only thing to be concerned about when it comes to fireproofing your home. Our four-legged friends can also be just as mischievous. That doesn’t mean that they’ll run around purposely doing dangerous things, but consider the fact that dogs are inherently curious. And like any curious creature, they can get into trouble, too.

Chewing?

Something to consider is the infamous power-cord. Aside from presenting a tripping hazard, these can be ideal targets for chewing. Even the warmth of an inverter for your laptop can become a plaything for any pup.

Even if cords are behind couches and entertainment centers, keep in mind that a dog, with enough time on their paws, can still get to these spots. Chewing on cords not only shears their protective coating, presenting a fire-hazard, your pup can also get a dangerous jolt of electricity. It is best to tuck excess cords under large objects and use zip-ties to keep them out of your pup’s curious reach.

Curling irons, heaters, and even the iron can also present a fire danger for dogs. If left on, these devices can be knocked down or over onto flooring or carpeting, presenting a fire hazard. Be sure to turn these items off immediately after using them.  Never leave these items plugged in and unattended.

Scented candles and incense

Making your home smell nice often involves candles and incense, but be wary of your pup’s curiosity. That little flickering light may attract a paw or even the wagging tail of an innocent passerby. If you must use candles and incense, put them up high, away from your pup’s reach. And don’t leave home with them lit, as that in itself is a danger.

The kitchen

Stoves are a big target for pups. The scent of food and the excess crumbs everywhere tend to attract the attention of a nosy pup. While some stoves have begun to move the dials to the top, so they are out of children’s reach, there are still a few that have the dials on the side. If you can, get a cover for the dials to prevent them from being moved, especially when you’re away.

Something else to consider when you have something cooking in the oven is that you should secure the area or make it off-limits to your pup. A large enough dog can easily open up a stove door and get at the food inside, presenting the possibility a fire hazard and potential injury.

Protect your home

Cautionary steps to protecting your home should always include smoke detectors. One per room floor is recommended, but you can never have too many. You may also consider the use of instant notification alarms that call and inform dispatching that there is a problem.

Rescue stickers are also a good idea for the just-in-case scenario. You can get these stickers at any pet store, and their job is to inform safety personnel that there are pets in your home, too. Remember to put the number of pups on the tag so they will know how many to look for.

Take a walk through your home and see what your pup sees from his level. What kind of mischief can he get into?  What curiosities await them on the ground level? Prevent these dangers, and make sure that your pup dwells in a happy, safe home.

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The Adventures of Rocky

Sep 26, 2011

This afternoon has indeed been very interesting. There’s water outside, fallen from the sky, and it makes everything wet. Normally it might be fun to play in, but the sky flashes and the sound of something terrible fills the air.

Everything is okay though, as my buddy is here to keep me safe. He sits on his bench, playing the old piano. On occasion, I too find myself hitting the keys with my paws in an attempt to mimic my old friend, but it never comes out quite right. Today, I do not join him on the bench though, as I’ve found a nice spot below his feet so that I can hear his breathing and familiar heartbeat, assuring me that he is close.

In his years, my old friend has seemingly lost a bit of touch with his own paws, their agility seemingly becoming less steady, just like his heart. But he continues on, like nothing else bothers him. He’s a tough guy, still thinks he can do everything on his own, but I can tell he’s having trouble. This comes especially to mind when I think about my own daily needs. He can’t exactly run like I can, and even though he picks up a third leg to help him, he still has trouble keeping up with my four.

Aside from getting into mischief, I am really a good pup. Like earlier today, even though it was raining, I slipped outside and grabbed the bag that my buddy keeps his newspaper in. I didn’t want him walking outside in the rain. Last time, he slipped down the sidewalk and fell in the grass. He seemed more angry than hurt though, but that’s probably for the better.

Suddenly my friend looks at me and starts making his funny sounds again. I never did figure out why they do that, but it always makes me laugh.

“What?” I asked to tease him.

Then he finally uses a word familiar to me. “Shoes,” he says. I know what those are and when he says that, it usually means he wants me to go get them, so I do. I scamper down the hallway, to the closet. He keeps three pairs of shoes here, one for the garden, one for walking outside, and one for walking inside. I pick the inside pair, since it’s too wet for us to go walking. But when I bring them to him, he shakes his head.

“No, outside shoes,” he says to me this time. I know better, as it is far too wet and dangerous for him to be walking around outside on the slippery grass. I tell him “no” a few times, but he insists, so being the good pup that I am, I get them for him.

After he struggles with them for a moment, he manages to get the shoes on his paws and slowly stands up.

“Rocky, outside,” he says again. I guess he wants me to do my business now. I run to the back door because the patio deck is covered, and my old friend can stay dry. It’s a little further than the front door, and he knows this. He glances at that one, then back to me. I call him to me a few times before the old chap makes a decision. He makes his way to the door, and pushes down on the handle. I can do it too, but my little legs are too short, but perhaps I’ll soon find something to give me a boost.

The door opens up and I spring out into the back yard.

It doesn’t take me long to do my business, and I’m ready to get out of the wet. But, my old friend seems to have trouble of his own. That lever thing sits in his hand now, and the door is still closed. He looks at me and makes some funny sounds. I know exactly what to do.

Around the house, and through the doggy door, I find my way back inside. The lever on the other side is still on. I know what to do. I jump. Once, twice, and on the fourth try, I clamp my teeth around it and the door opens.

My friend looks at me in wonder and tells me what a great friend I am. Then he scratches behind my left ear, my very favorite spot, as my leg moves to agree.

Author:

Jason Duron is a short story writer and author of several fiction stories.  Curious and lovable as dogs can be, the Adventures of Rocky give you a chance to see daily life from a “dog’s eye view” and share in their thoughts.  Please enjoy, and we hope that you’ll feel free to comment and give us insight into your dog’s very own Rocky Adventures.

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The Dogs of 9/11

Sep 23, 2011

photoWe all remember the attacks of September 11th that took place a decade ago, and we will never forget the efforts of those that helped our country in its darkest hours. The firemen, the police, and the rescue teams that scoured the rubble in search of survivors are forever in our hearts and memory. Along-side these rescue teams, over one hundred dogs and their handlers traversed the remains of the World Trade Center, using their skills to aid in their rescue efforts.

Dogs search for survivors

Kiaser, a German Sheppard, arrived at the aftermath to aid in the search for survivors. Assigned to a twelve hour nightshift, the “live” search dog and handler traversed the rubble in search of any living souls. Though he never alerted to finding a survivor, he was trained well enough to hint that there was someone there, assisting the other crews retrieving victim’s bodies so that they could be properly buried. Kiaser spent ten days sifting through the remains of the twin towers, but was unable to find any survivors. He did bring something special to the rescue team; not only were his efforts welcomed, but his comfort was needed as well.

Bretagne, a young golden retriever, was introduced to Ground Zero for her first rescue mission. Though fresh to the scene, she was full of energy and did not tire in her efforts. Alongside her handler, Bretagne searched the rubble for ten days, offering hope to the fellow firefighters whom would stop on occasion to recharge themselves with the retriever’s comforts.

Just doing my job

Charlie wasn’t alone during his own searches. Searching beside and even long after the “live” search dogs, the NYPD K9 department deployed their own efforts to help recover the remains of the victims of such treacherous attacks. These teams scoured the rubble for the eight months following the attacks of 9/11, searching for fallen comrades and comforting the rescue teams.

Offering a special kind of relief

Nickie the Golden Retriever and his handler volunteered their assistance to Ground Zero, where they would spend eight months helping the people, in a slightly different way. Nickie, trained as a trauma patient dog, brought spirit to the turmoil, offering comfort to those who would endure such harsh experiences. It is sometimes amazing how special it actually is to merely pet a dog. The comfort and familiarity of a dog can bring a smile back with the wag of a tail. Nickie’s efforts were not sifting through the aftermath, but instead, sifting through the rubble of broken hearts.

More than just a friend

These dogs are just a few names amongst the vast number of dog and man teams that put their efforts to help our country in its time of need. They went in full force, never questioning their job. Boots to protect their paws couldn’t be used so that their nails and paws could gain traction on the slippery rubble which often shifted further, presenting dangerous situations for everyone. Now in their older years, most of the pups have passed on, leaving only fourteen, all of which have retired and are enjoying the company of their handlers. These dogs of 9/11 are indeed appreciated for their heroic efforts- helping the teams cope with the traumatic events, and staying by our side when we needed them most, proving that you don’t have to be human to be a hero.

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Can You Itemize Your Dog?

Sep 21, 2011

photoPerhaps something we do not always consider about our four-legged companions is the costs of their everyday living. Food, care, and medical bills all add up to some cash at the end of the fiscal year. Unfortunately for pet owners, the HAPPY Act didn’t make it easy for us to get a break for taking care of our best friends, but there are still some doors left open. It may take a bit of consideration, but with a little thought, you can find ways to get a break for having a dog.

Moving your pet

Something to consider, especially when business requires, is moving time. If you find yourself moving for work, and you qualify for moving deductions, be sure to read everything. There are deductions specifically available for the cost and moving of pets. Unfortunately, if you are moving for any other reasons, you won’t be able to use the deductions.

Service dogs

Here is the ultimate deduction, but for only those who require the use of a service dog. This does apply to all service dogs, not just seeing-eye dogs. There is a variety of medical assist pups, such as the cardio dog for the heart, hypo dogs for diabetics, seizure dogs for those with nervous system problems, and even those who suffer psychologically. Handicapped and even the hard of hearing also fall into the medical category. These deductions cover training, purchase, and maintaining. These deductions will likely require you to have a doctor’s recommendation or note on file for the IRS’ use.

The guard dog

Here is something that many people in today’s society can associate with. This would target many home based business or companies, allowing for you to purchase, train, and maintain your faithful companion. Keep in mind that some dogs may not be considered adequate for a guard dog as the IRS may not consider a Shih Tzu to be capable of doing the job. (Honestly though, I’ve seen some of the smaller breeds be among the most vicious when it comes to protecting their loved ones.)

Donate to animal shelters

Here is something we don’t always think about when we pick our faithful friend up at the animal shelter- money that you contribute to the shelter may be deductible. Depending on the non-profit status of the shelter, you can actually donate some money out of gratitude and be able to write it off on your next tax return. Keep in mind that the adoption fees themselves would not qualify for deductions.

“The decision, in Van Dusen v. Commissioner, paves the way for volunteers of animal-rescue groups like the ASPCA and Humane Society of the U.S. to deduct unreimbursed expenses that further the groups’ missions, such as fostering stray animals.” – The Wall Street Journal, June 11, 2011

On the other side of this, consider the fact that you donate time and effort to becoming a foster family for a service dog. Your time, efforts and the pup’s expenses as well can be deducted because you are donating in a non-profit manner (except that you get to enjoy the pup’s company).

These are some ways to consider your pup when tax season comes around, but just remember that you should always consider your pup as your faithful friend, and no price tag can change that.

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The Heart of the Matter – Cardiac Alert Dogs

Sep 19, 2011

Dphotoogs are quite possibly the most incredible creatures in the world. They possess the ability to bond with and assist us humans with everything in life from companionship to far more vital roles as medical assistants. Dogs help the blind, as well as those with other medical problems. Cardiac Alert Dogs are becoming more popular throughout the medical field, helping those with heart problems attain a sense of security knowing their pup is there to save the day.

What does a cardiac alert dog do?

Cardiac alert dogs are specifically trained to detect differences in heart rhythms and inform their owner that something may be wrong. Drops and rises in blood pressure will affect a person’s heartbeat causing palpitations or fainting if something isn’t done quickly. These problems can often be resolved or subsided by leveling the body such as laying down flat. The heart can regain control and regulate the blood flow again. This is where the faithful companion comes into play to save the day. Cardiac alert dogs are trained specifically to detect the change in blood flow and heart rhythm and will tell the patient that they need to lay down until medical help can be attained if needed.

Training

These dogs have a vital job to do and training starts when they are a pup. They are sent to live with a foster family to teach them to be a pup with love and affection, potty training, and obedience as well. After their first year they are sent to a professional trainer who teaches the pup what they will need to do to protect their future owner. They will be taught how to detect heart anomalies and how they will need to alert their owner, including suppressing them until the problem resolves. Pup’s will lay their head and paws on their owner to prevent them from getting up.

The training is learned through “treating”  primarily, and owners must continue the process after their pup joins their life. Both the pup and the patient are unique to one another, often times the pup deciding the owner rather than the other way around.

After the pup joins the life of their owner, they are trained to be obedient to them alone, others are commonly not permitted to interact or touch the pup as it could disrupt their work. Everywhere the owner goes, the pup goes, as their work is never done.

Can you train a pup to do so?

For some dogs, detecting problems seems to be inherent. Some people have reported dogs detecting cancer, strokes, and even predicting heart attacks without training. Unfortunately, the rigorous training process begins at birth, and is quite meticulous. If you wanted to train your pup to detect heart anomalies, you would have to know exactly what to look for and be able to simulate or predict them yourselves to effectively train another pup.

These medical dogs are an amazing addition to the lives of so many. They help with not only cardiac care, but also psychiatric, diabetic, and even seizure patients. Dogs are considered the ultimate companion, and have indeed proven themselves to be such.

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Pet Obesity: The Problem and Solution for Your Dog

Sep 16, 2011

photoFat dog! Seeing an overweight pup rolling around the floor might seem like something out of a comic strip, but it’s not funny in the long run and happens more often than you might think. Pet obesity is becoming more of a problem as owners often disregard the thought of their pup’s overeating habits. Like humans, pups too can store that extra weight, and like humans it can lead to heart and health problems. As the owner and guardian of your pets, you need to ensure their health and happiness.

How do I know if my pup is overweight?

So how do you determine if your canine companion has put on one too many pounds? There are charts available online that reference breed with size to estimate healthy weight levels. All you need is the Internet and a scale. Fortunately, a trip to the vet will usually reveal such problems as the doggy doc knows your pup’s history and most everything about them.

With some pups that suffer from extreme weight problems, wheezing and difficulty moving around are common, especially as fluids build up around their heart and lungs. High cholesterol levels and lack of exercise can cause fluid retention and can lead to heart problems in dogs.

Balanced meal

What your pup eats affects their health and how they feel. Check your pup’s food for cholesterol and calorie intake. Pups with an active lifestyle will need more calories for energy, but if your dog is more laid back, often senior pups, you need to find a dog food with reduced calories.

There is also the option of cutting your pup’s food with a “lite” dog food. Changing your pup’s dog food can sometimes be tricky, so you should consider mixing both old and new foods until they feel comfortable eating the new diet.

There is also the matter of unhealthy diets- such as large amounts of human food. Bacon, steak, and even potato chips are quite delicious for humans, but are high sources of cholesterol and calories. It is best to try to avoid treating your pup with these items.

Plenty of exercise

So ask yourself, how often do you walk your pup? How about actively play with them in the yard? Exercise is as important for them as it is for us. Daily walks aren’t just for potty time, it is for bonding and exercise too.

Something to remember is that if your pup is already suffering from excessive weight problems, you’ll need to start them off slowly at first and work them back to a healthy lifestyle. If you take your pup for a five mile run right after discovering they’re out of shape, they’ll keep up with you because that’s what dogs do. But it isn’t good for their body and heart, especially to reintroduce them to high levels of fitness suddenly.

Playtime as a treat

That little bag of incentives you keep high on the counter so that your pup doesn’t get into it, isn’t always the answer to a good deed. Though there are healthy treats you can pick up, and even some offer protection for their teeth, you can also use to playtime as a treat. When they’ve been good, interact with them and show them some love. They’ll get exercise, attention, and a treat.

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Eating You Out of House and Home?

Sep 14, 2011

photoTeeth marks, they’re on everything your pup plays with. Why? Because dogs like to chew as it is a part of curiosity (and sometimes teething). But there is more than just destruction to your home being accomplished; there is also the risk of your pup’s belly being in trouble. Socks, toys (battle beasts) and even pillow fluff can get stuck inside your pup and cause internal problems, so it’s up to you to protect your home and your pet from dangers of chewing.

Curiosity

This is a trait common amongst all the creatures on the planet, even humans. But with curiosity comes sniffing, chewing, and tasting. These things are only natural to a pup. Preventing a pup from chewing is like trying to stop water from being wet, so you will have to adapt your home to be chew proof.

In the belly

Fortunately for our pups, most objects can pass through their body without much trouble; perhaps a little difficulty out in the yard but you may never even notice the difference- at least until you check your house. Missing items, especially children’s toys are a dead giveaway that your pup’s been chewing.

So how can you tell when your curious pup has eaten something? Most pups that have eaten something they shouldn’t have will be quiet, and less active. Some may refuse to eat or refuse to potty. Their belly will usually be sensitive, displaying signs of pain when they are touched. If you think that your pup has indeed made a meal out of toys or rocks, you should get them to the vet promptly. Some objects won’t pass on their own, so the doc can assist the process.

Not all pups swallow though. Some may tear, shred, or even bury your belongings.

Protecting your home from a curious pup is like trying to bull-proof a china store. Dogs are indeed curious, but they are often far more intelligent than you might think. What you’ll have to do is get on their level and see the home as they do. Objects that they can get to are going to be a target- even power cords and remote controls. Hide and conceal these items as best you can.

Kids’ toys are a favorite target for chewing. They see the children playing, and smell their scent, often resulting in them wanting to play and chew. Make sure your children keep toys out of a pup’s reach.

The pup’s toys are your pup’s most interactive objects. Though these are made for dogs- that doesn’t mean they won’t try to eat them (or at least large portions of them). Consider setting out a specific number of toys for your pup so that you can easily keep track of them. Stuffing-free toys are also a good idea as it will keep them from eating the stuffing or scattering it around the home for you to clean up.

Keeping the floor clean and small objects out of reach will only help prevent a dog from getting into mischief. As your pup’s owner and protector, you need to keep your eye on them and make sure the only thing that they eat is a healthy bowl of food.

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Your Dog and Mange

Sep 12, 2011

photoEveryone knows a healthy pup is a happy pup, and that is always good. Regular checkups, a healthy diet and plenty of exercise all are key elements in a healthy lifestyle, but problems can arise that surprise us every so often. Mange is a well-known disease, as many have heard of its symptoms and how they affect our canine companions. This is so very uncomfortable for your pup, and in some cases can actually lead to more infections as a result of the disease.

Mange is a terrible disease caused by little parasites that infect your dog’s flesh. The mites burrow, causing rash and itching. When your pup begins to chew, and scratch at the area, sores and lesions can form, causing further infection. For most people you can remember what it was like to get the chicken pox, well this is far worse for your pup. If not treated your pup’s health can definitely be at risk.

Symptoms are usually loss of hair and visible rashes in isolated areas. These rashes are often accompanied by sores as your pup will persistently bite and scratch at the area.

Mange

There are two primary types of mange- one that is passed on from mother to pup’s at birth and the other that is contagious to other animals, including humans.

Demodedic mange is usually passed on at birth, and is normally controlled by a healthy immune system. Pups and older dogs often display symptoms of this type because their immune strength is lower. In a full grown healthy dog, indications that they are infected can be difficult to notice.

Treatment for demodedic mange varies between dogs, but a healthy immune system will normally fight off and eliminate the problem on its own within eight weeks. If a pup is already ill, or later in years, treatment can be more difficult. There are special shampoos and dips for treatment, and most are quite poisonous as they are insecticides designed to eliminate the parasite. Be careful with your own skin, and keep your pup from consuming them.

Sarcoptic mange is the worse of the two, as it is very contagious and often far more severe. This parasite burrows under the dog’s skin and lays eggs, which continuously cycles. These mites are far more aggressive and can even attack human flesh.

Treating this parasite can usually be handled with a few doses of Ivermectin over the course of several weeks. Unfortunately, your pup’s skin will still take time to heal, and steroid creams will help reduce the itch and slow them from scratching (they will still want to though, as you must well know).

Be aware

Because mange can be carried from mother to newborn pups, it is always possible for any dog to possess the parasite. Never disregard signs or symptoms of mange, even if you live in an apartment or condo where your dog does not readily interact with other animals.

Avoiding mange is not always easy, as any dog can be a carrier at any time. Public places such as dog parks, meeting places and the dreaded pound are all places where your pup can come into contact with an infected dog. All mange is not contagious, but it is always better to be safe than sorry. Try to avoid these places, but to be safe- especially if your pup spent time at the pound- make sure you take precautions and give them a good bath when they get home.

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Tailgating and Your Pooch

Sep 9, 2011

photoWell its football season, and where there’s football- there’s a tailgating party somewhere. You, your spouse, and your kids can all enjoy the fun and excitement during the game, but what about your pup? Of course they’re gonna love the attention, but are you ready to keep them safe from any dangers? Tailgating involves cookouts, lots of different people, and the hot sun, and unless you know what to do and what to avoid, tailgating can prove a little hazardous for your pup.

Does your pup have what it takes?

First you have to decide if your pup can handle all that excitement. Pups that have anxiety, especially around large groups of people including children, may not do so well in the high activity atmosphere. Young puppies are probably not going to do well in such atmospheres, even if you do want to show them off. With all the commotion going on, their senses can overload and cause anxiety attacks.

The heat is also going to play a factor. Dogs with low tolerances to heat may not have the endurance to handle the party. They’ll never show it, but it can definitely wear them down or make them sick.

Making sure your pup is well trained and will obey your commands is also important. If they won’t listen to you around the house, you’ll have even more trouble around a group of people. Leashing them up won’t necessarily solve the problem either, as they may just continue tugging and hurting themselves.

Load up and be prepared

If you feel your pup is ready to join the party, you need to make sure everyone else is as well. There will be human food everywhere and likely beer as well. These shouldn’t be offered to your pup (especially beer) and make sure others know this as well. Cooked bones from chicken and even ribs shouldn’t be offered either. It will be important that the children are aware of this too. Taking safety containers and properly disposing of waste will prevent your pup from sneaking any treats for themselves.

For the heat, there are sunscreens available for your pup specifically, so make sure you dab a spot on their nose and ears. Having a sanctuary ready for your pup where they can go to rest and get cool is going to be important too. Make sure that there is a spot in your vehicle or RV where they can go to get away from the activity.

When the game starts, most folks will rush to the gates and grab their seats, so what are you going to do with your pup now? Some people may opt to bring them in, but all the activity may be confusing, and now you have many other people that can drop food, bones, and beer for your pup to snag (they’re quick too, so don’t think you can stop them every time). It is often best to let them stay with the party instead, but don’t just lock them in the vehicle. It’s best to organize it so that someone stays with them, perhaps an alternating rotation such as you, then your spouse, and even some of your friends that you trust (and your pup trusts too).

You’ll also need to pack their own food. Bring their dishes for them specifically, don’t let other dogs have access to them. Some toys and a few treats can prove to entertain your pup while they cool down. Since the laws of eating state, what goes in must come out, don’t forget to bring some disposal bags.

Taking your pup tailgating can be fun for you and them, but remember that their health and safety come first. If your four legged friend is ready to join you for the next football game, then go for it and enjoy.

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