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5 tips to put the tail in tailgate to make your dog a winner on game day and all season

Are you a fervent fan, or feeling jilted and jaded? Either way, you can still invite your pup to homecoming. Or maybe he wants to go pro. Furry friends love football – or chewing on footballs, at least. PetSafe® has the pre-gridiron goods you need to make tailgating fun for the entire family.

Here are five tips for tailgating with your dog:

  1. Check the weather. It has been a hot autumn across the country, and the cold could keep its distance for a while. Sun-roasted parking lots can hurt your pup’s paws and make him thirsty. Make sure you have plenty of water on hand and take hot-weather precautions with your dog hot-weather precautions with your dog. Even if he’s tuckered out from tailgating, don’t leave your dog in the car when you head to the game -- even if temperatures are in the relatively cool 70s. Make sure you have a designated dog sitter.
  2. Know the rules. Some venues might not allow dogs in the parking lot, let alone the stadium. Check ahead, lest you leave in defeat before the game even begins.
  3. Bring your pet travel kit. Your dog shouldn’t eat any human tailgating fare, and beer is not a recommended beverage for pets. The PetSafe® Happy Ride™ Travel Bag is a great way to keep dog food, water, bowls, treats, toys and waste bags organized and close at hand.
  4. Use vehicle ramps. Your dog might get tired of hopping in and out of a pickup truck or SUV on game day, so consider a PetSafe® Happy Ride™ vehicle dog ramp. Remember, it’s only for dogs, so don’t let your beer-fueled buddies use it for a balancing act. The PetSafe® Happy Ride™ Hitch Step is also a good option, and a lightweight folding dog ramp makes vehicle entry and exit easy.
  5. Be safe. The dangers of traveling to the game outweigh those of a stuffed screen pass or an unblocked, blindside hit. Make sure your dog is secured in your vehicle while traveling. Safety options from PetSafe® include vehicle dog restraints such as the Happy Ride™ dog safety harness and dog seatbelt tether.

Follow these tips for a fun tailgate with your dog. Regardless the outcome on the field, you’ll always be a winner in his eyes.

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