Thanksgiving is a time when family and friends come together to celebrate the things you’re most thankful for. If you’re anything like us, your dog is high on that list… so why exclude them from the celebration?
This may be easier said than done, but YUP PUP has the ultimate guide to help include your four-legged family this holiday for stress-free and safe celebrations.
1. Be Aware of Dog Safe Thanksgiving Food
We know it can be hard to resist those puppy dog eyes, especially at the dinner table. While we typically recommend sticking to their daily food and treats to support their diet, you might feel inclined to share the love during the holidays. It’s essential to be aware of which thanksgiving food you can and can’t share with your dog.
- Skinless Turkey Meat
- Green beans
- Plain peas
- Pumpkin puree
- Turkey bones, skin, and gravy
- Mashed potatoes
- Cookies, pies, chocolate etc.
- Alcoholic drinks
- Onions, scallions, and garlic
- Yeast dough
- Foods containing spice
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2. Don’t Leave your Dog out of Family Introductions
If your dog is known to cause chaos at the front door when they greet every guest, it may be tempting to lock them in another room while you welcome your guests. Let your guests know how to approach your dog when coming into the house and if they’ve never met, let them make proper introductions. This will help your dog get comfortable with the stress of having a packed house.
3. Plan Dog-Friendly Activities for the Family
While most of the day is spent around the table, there is usually time to squeeze in some fun family activities. This is the perfect time to include your four-legged family members. Take a hike with Fido or play a backyard football game and let Fido chase you toward a touchdown. Not only will you be including your pup in the festivities, but you’ll also help your dog burn off excess energy to keep them stay calm during mealtime.
4. Treat Your Pup to YUP PUP Hemp Treats
The holidays can be stressful for our dogs with lots of new people and new environments, we can’t blame them for feeling uneasy! Try YUP PUP Hemp Treats the help ease anxiety. Give your pup a treat 45 minutes before your guests arrive to relieve the stress of a packed household! BONUS: Yup Pup will also help with digestion, which means you can worry less about your pup getting into the table scraps!
5. Keep Your Pup Entertained
With all the commotion in the household, be prepared to keep your pup entertained. There are tons of amazing enrichment toys out there to keep your dog occupied while your friends and family gather and chat over delicious food. Here’s our favorite guide to building your dog’s enrichment activity: https://yuppup.shop/2022/02/04/build-your-dogs-enrichment-exercise/
These tips for you and your dog will help your FBF prepare for a fun and safe Thanksgiving celebration. Happy Turkey Day!