3 Tips for a Stress-Free BBQ With Your Dog

One of the best things about summer is getting to bring everyone together for a fun barbecue. Unsurprisingly, our pets love to be a part of this too. If you’re hosting a BBQ at your home and plan to have your dog present, follow these tips to make sure your four-legged friend behaves:

1. Keep all human food out of paw’s reach. If you’ve ever turned an eye for a second only to have your plate of freshly cooked burger patties disappear into a furry stomach, then you know how important it is to keep dogs far away from any human food. Keep all food elevated, and if your dog is large or a jumper, consider setting up the food buffet style inside so that your dog can stay outside with the crowd and you won’t have to worry. Not only will this keep your guests from going hungry, it wil also ensure your pup doesn’t have access to potentially dangerous things like cooked bones or toxic ingredients.

2. Have a yummy distraction ready. Our dogs’ sense of smell is so good that they basically see with their noses, and barbecues paint quite the delicious picture. Avoid the temptation to give your dog lots of food off the table (that will only teach bad manners), and instead whip up some easy frozen treats just for him. Here are some cool treat ideas to get you started. Per usual, always have lots of fresh water available too.

3. Know when enough is enough. Your dog will likely love all the attention and pets, but pay attention to any signs that he is getting tired or antsy. If you notice that it looks like he needs a break, let him chill out inside for awhile. You’ll be able to focus more on your guests, and your dog will get the nap he probably needed to take two hours ago.

Have more tips for a stress-free barbecue with your pet? Share in the comments!


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Nickihermes Celine
Past Member 4 years ago

thank you for sharing 18/7

Carrie-Anne Brown

thanks for sharing :)

Terry V.
Terry V4 years ago


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Duane B.
.5 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Laura Saxon
.5 years ago

Great tips. Thanks for sharing.

Sheila D.
Sheila D5 years ago

To Yvette T - This article is about pets and BBQ food. It's NOT the proper forum for Veganism.

As far as the article goes, Been ther, done that with dog nose too close to food - lost a few hot dogs back then. Burgers got saved, dog go put on his walking chain and was sternly, but with smiles, told NO. Didn't slow him down a bit! Ah, memories.

Yvette T.
Past Member 5 years ago

Contributing to the cattle industry is in no way a good thing. We are running out of water. Land and air and water also are made filthy and change climate, deforestation adds to drought. We are in danger. 70% of all deforested land goes to raising cattle, while another 10 to 20% goes to growing GMO corn and soy to fatten up the cattle and other innocent animals in the days before their bloody and terrifying slaughters. (Pesticides are killing pollinators such as bees and butterflies, and us) Animals drink so much more water than humans, and the excreent and waste goes into the water systems which leads into the oceans creating dead zones. The veg'n organic diet is the ONLY SPITIUAL AND ETHICAL AND HEALTHY DIET for HUMANS AND FOR OUR MOTHER WHOSE HOME WE ARE VISITING. We are never to take the lives of our relatives, our mother's children, while we are here, but only what we need to survive so as to make spiritual leaps...in meditation. Our veils are down, but, we still can see so plainly how all beings share the same emotions, the same blood and organs, eyes, senses, DNA, spirit. We are not supposed to ignore the suffering of any, and especially we are not to cause it.

JL A5 years ago

good tips

Veselin Varbanov
Veselin Varbanov5 years ago