Game Day Essentials for You and Your Pup
Are you a diehard sports fan who wants to share your love of game day with your pup? If so, you’re in luck. It’s fun to cheer on your favorite team, but doing it with your furry best friend is even better. This article has everything, including dog-friendly team jerseys, game-day snacks, and custom rooting sections. These tips will help make sure your pup is part of the action. So, put on your favorite team jersey, and keep reading to find out how to involve your dog on game day.
Nothing says “ready for game day” like a snazzy outfit. Make sure your pup is ready to cheer on their team with matching sports apparel for dogs. Many stores now offer complete tailgating outfits for dogs, including jerseys and hats that match their favorite team. Give your pup a complete makeover, right down to its collar.
Show your pup’s team spirit with an official NFL pet bandana. These bandanas slip over your pup’s collar and feature the colors, logo, and name of each of the 32 NFL teams. These bandanas are easy to use and make great souvenirs from the game.
Especially if you are tailgating or visiting a sports bar with your pup, you will want to bring along a water bowl for them to stay hydrated during the festivities. Look for water bowls that are decorated with the colors and logos of popular teams so your pup can show their support for their favorite players all game long.
Exercise is great for any pup’s physical and mental health, but try adding some fun to it by taking them on an adventure in search of their favorite team’s memorabilia before game time. If you’re near a stadium, chances are there will be plenty of apparel and souvenirs painted in bright colors and logos that your pup will love sniffing around town. Plus, it’s great exercise.
If you’re just looking to get out of the house during pre-game warmups and don’t want to travel far, check out local dog parks in your area. Many dog parks have fields and activities specifically designed for pups. It’s the perfect way to tire out your pup before the main event.
Training courses are a great way to keep dogs safe around other people and animals during game day activities. Keep safety at the top of your list by enrolling your pup in obedience courses or getting them used to crowds through regular practice runs with family or friends before bringing them to events like football games or tailgates.
Just because you can’t join friends or family members on the field doesn’t mean that you can’t have just as much fun. Get together with some open space and throw frisbees back and forth while they take turns fetching them.
Football makes for exciting watching parties and interactive games. Designate one area as an end zone where one player can stand at each end catching balls from a passer as your pup takes off running downfield, trying to grab them first.
If you have multiple pups attending game day festivities with you, nothing beats setting up a little pup-pong tournament. Gather up balls of all sizes and pick two teams. Each team gets an even amount of balls on either side of an imaginary net. Whoever scores by having their opponent miss all of their balls first wins.
What better way to get ready for game time than with some delicious snacks? There are many companies now offering tasty “tailgate treats” by animal nutritionists specifically designed with active pups in mind. Look online or visit your local pet store for all types of foods, perfect for any sports-loving pooch.
Game day can be a positive experience when shared with our canine friends. Whether they join us while we watch from home or come along tailgating outside, you’re sure to have a great time together. Try a few of these ideas to get your dog into the game-day spirit.