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4th of July With Your Dog

June 13, 2024 | Woof Team

Get BBQ Ready: Tips & Tricks for a Successful 4th of July 

BBQs are a favorite summer activity for dogs and humans. While you're flipping burgers and passing out beers, it’s important to keep your dog safe and entertained so you can have even more fun. Here are a few of our favorite tips for bringing your pup along to the 4th of July cookout. 

Know What Your Dog Can Eat

As much as your dog would love to eat food right off the grill, not everything is safe for them! Here’s a handy guide to BBQ foods. 

  • Burgers: Yes! Plain, cooked burgers can be a great treat for your dog. (Just make sure there are no added seasonings or toppings.)
  • Corn on the Cob: Corn itself is fine, but the cob can be a choking hazard or cause an intestinal blockage.
  • Garlic, Onions, and Bones: Garlic and onions are toxic to dogs, and bones, especially from ribs, can splinter and cause internal injuries.

Keep Them Cool & Hydrated

Hydration is essential for our furry friends, especially on hot summer days. Make sure your dog stays cool and refreshed by offering them shade, multiple water bowls that are regularly refilled, and even a frozen Pupsicle Pop to give them 20+ minutes of cooling hydration. 

Share the Love!

Instead of dealing with your dog begging for a cheeseburger off your dinner plate, keep them happy with their own long-lasting treats. A grass-fed, free-range beef Bully Stick is a satisfying treat, especially when it’s paired with a BullySafe to extend chew time so you can finish your own plate in peace.

Create a Safe Space

Not everyone loves dogs, and not all dogs love strangers! Monitor your pup’s interactions to prevent stress, show your guests how your dog likes to be pet, and create a soft, private space for your dog to head to if they feel overwhelmed. 

Plan for Fireworks and Loud Noises

4th of July fireworks, loud music, and other sudden noises can be frightening or overwhelming for your pup. Keep your dog indoors and in their safe space during the fireworks, and offer them a Calming Pop with magnesium, tryptophan, and passion flower to naturally reduce anxiety.
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