Turkey Day is almost upon us and itís going to be a fun one filled with food, family and really expert begging from our doggy friends. Here are four great tips that will help you and your dog have a wonderful and pain-free Thanksgiving.
What†Not To Feed Your Dog
Your Thanksgiving meal, while delicious, will be chock-full of things on a dogís no-no list. That includes turkey, which is often stuffed and basted in fats to crisp the skin and make the meat moist, mashed potatoes with gravy and onions, stuffing, and, well, pretty much everything else. So please, no†table scraps!
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How To Stop Begging
We know, we know, this is an impossible task; be crafty instead! Keep healthy treats or something especially prepared for your dog on the table and feed him that when he begs. Of course, we know this shouldnít become a habit, but itís that time of year when well-meaning guests may slip your pooch delicious morsels. So set up the ground rules beforehand and either have one person in charge of feeding the begging dog, or outfit everyone with a few healthy dog treats and make sure they are the only things to be given to the dog.
Special Dog Dinner
If you want to make sure your dog is part of the festivities, then you can. Buy a little extra turkey (like a leg) and remove the skin and simmer it on the stove top with some dog approved veggies. Let it simmer down, cool, and then strip the meat from the bone and serve your dog his very own Thanksgiving dinner.
Movers and Shakers
After dinner itís very easy to want to just take a nap. But snap on your dogís leash and get out there and walk. Great exercise for you after eating a huge dinner, and a great treat for your pooch. Make it special. Go a different way, or go for a longer walk. Just make sure you get that walk in and burn a few calories.
So there you have it, some tips to make Thanksgiving special for everyone, including your dog!
Thanksgiving Dinner Tips for the Dog Owner originally appeared on petMD.com