Hosting Thanksgiving this Year?  Safety tips to keep your pet AND your guests safe

Follow these 4 tips to keep you, your guests and your pet’s Thanksgiving fun and safe:

  1. Practice your pet’s basic commands like sit, stay, and come.  These commands can be a crucial tool to avoid jumping on or scratching your guests…or even bolting through the door. 
  2. Release some of the excess energy in the days leading up to Thanksgiving and especially right before guests arrive. Take them for a walk, play fetch or send them to a local daycare. This will prevent them from jumping and being overly excited when guests walk in. 
  3. Some pets do not do well being a part of the action. Send them to Meadowlake for overnight lodging. This option can ease their anxiety and give you the time you need to prepare for your guests. 
  4. Make sure your pooch does not have easy access to all the yummy food. Using a “place” command or crating may be best during the meal, as some traditional thanksgiving food is toxic for dogs.