5 Fun Activities to do with Dogs on Thanksgiving

November 15, 2019

5 dog-friendly activities thanksgiving

The holidays are on the way and we're getting excited to share Thanksgiving weekend with our friends and family.

This year, make sure you include your pets in the fun! We're making it easy for you this year with list of ways we always include our dogs in the festivities.

1. Family Meal

Not sure what your pets and family can share? Mendota Pet has recreated a few of their favorite recipes for creating a meal that the entire family will enjoy!

Remember to avoid any onions and garlic in items you plan to share with your pets. Check a list of foods to avoid from the ASPCA.

If you are attending dinner as a guest, avoid sneaking food to their dogs without first asking the owner.

2. Tailgating with Dogs

Head on out to see your favorite teams or just have an old-school tailgating party in your yard. We’ve got your official guide to tailgating with dogs.

Remember not to stress pets out with team spirit. A simple bowtie or jersey (or even a warm jacket) is a fun way to dress your dog up without stressing them out.

Some dogs enjoy wearing some extra clothes this time of year, but most prefer their natural coats (especially after they've regrown their beautiful fur with DERMagic Skin Rescue System)!

3. Hiking with Dogs

Ready for some adventure? Head outdoors with your dogs! There are many winter sports available that you and your dogs will all enjoy together.

Check out our guide to winter sports with pets (and don’t forget to pack your traffic leash for safe exits from vehicles).

4. Decorate the House

No matter what your plans for the holidays, this is the time of year to put your decorations out.

Let your dog hang out with you in the yard or you can even go find some new items with your dog at Home Depot or Lowes, where dogs are welcome to shop.

5. Fall Foliage

Nothing makes dogs happier than a giant pile of leaves! Put the kids to work raking them up, then let them join in the fun with the dogs. 

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Bonus: Movie Night

If the weather isn’t cooperating or you’re just not feeling like going out, it’s the perfect time to cuddle up and watch a movie at home.

No matter your plans, include your dogs in the holiday fun. Thanksgiving is a time for us to spend with our favorite pets and people! We hope you have a wonderful holiday season filled with good friends, good family and good dogs this year.