7 Ways to Puppy-Proof Your Summer BBQ

Summer parties are a blast, and what better way to introduce your dog to your clan and friends than hosting a BBQ? To make sure everyone stays safe and has fun, here are some tips to keep in mind.

1. Create a Puppy-Only Lounge

Dogs need a lot of sleep, and it’s exhausting to get passed around all day long. Make sure there’s a VIP spot your pup can retreat to when he needs a time out; create your set-up so that your dog may be gated away from the festivities when he needs to rest.

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2. Keep a Dog’s Eye View When Setting Up

Imagine what this party is going to look like from your dog’s point of view, and set up accordingly. Don’t place hors d’oeuvres on end tables, coffee tables, or anywhere else that’s within reach of the dog. Resist the urge to use candles, especially on low tables where a tail-wag could knock a candle over, or on a table with a tablecloth in case the dog ever decided to climb or pull on it.

3. “Don’t Feed the Dog!”

Spread the word far and wide: Do Not Feed the Dog. There are too many people foods that are poisonous for dogs, and besides, many pet parents don’t want their dog to learn obnoxious begging behavior by being fed people food at every turn. It’s a great idea to place a sign on the food table telling guests not to feed your pet so that you don’t have to nag.

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4. Puppy-Gate the Grill

Avoid painful burns by keeping your dog away from the grill. All that sizzling food smells delicious, but spare your dog from splatters by making sure he can’t get near a hot grill, bon fire, or other cooking surfaces.

5. Lifeguard Your Pup

It’s a common mistake to think that all dogs are strong swimmers. Drowning accidents are quite common amongst pets, so be sure to supervise the pup around the pool.

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6. Watch the Dog Around Kids

Dogs and kids just seem to go together, except when they don’t. Some kids can get a little too rough around pets. Likewise, many dogs might bite when provoked by behavior that’s perceived as aggressive or unpredictable. Make sure an adult keeps an eagle eye on the situation anytime kids and pets mix.

7. Bus the Tables

Parties are really fun for dogs, especially when food scraps are left unattended! Make sure you have a crystal clear system for bussing the tables and making sure leftover food isn’t left where the dog can nab it. Clear scraps immediately, and also don’t let trash overflow.

How do you plan on enjoying the warmer weather with your pet? Leave a comment and let us know, and consider signing up for PetPlus to save on your pet’s medications, supplies, vet visits, boarding, and more.

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