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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.