Thanksgiving is a special time to share with family, friends, and our furry companions. So, what better way to celebrate the holiday than with inclusive, pet-friendly Thanksgiving activities so our pets can join in on all the fun? Our pets are family, and we want to be able to share in all the season has to offer.
During this time, we want to celebrate and give thanks to those in our lives and show them what they mean to us. A great way to give thanks is to enjoy the day together.
Here are seven family and pet-friendly Thanksgiving activities to partake in and kick off the holiday festivities.
7 Family and pet-friendly Thanksgiving activities to enjoy the Day
Take in a parade
Many cities have parades to kick off the holiday season. Check with your local municipality to see what is available in your local towns or nearby city. Get the squad out of the house for some fun! Also, if the weather is chilly in your area, make sure your pup is bundled up in appropriate weather attire.
After your round of family board games, try an enrichment toy or game with your four-legged friend. An enrichment toy will provide mental, physical, and emotional stimulation for your furry companion. Plus, they are getting to spend time with their favorite person! Similarly, enrichment toys can also help with boredom and destructive habits. Some great enrichment toy options are a puzzle box, snuffle mat, laser light, or stuffed toy.
It’s time to take out the holiday decorations! Sing some carols, nosh on treats, deck the halls and don’t forget to include a special area designated for your pet. Additionally, there are many decorations that could be troublesome for pets, so be mindful where you hang items and what they are made to avoid any “hairy” situations. Specifically look out for items that your pet may ingest (tinsel, toxic treats, tempting toys) or items that could cause harm (overloaded electric outlets, open fireplaces or candles, and glass decorations).
Enjoy a family meal
Thanksgiving dinner is a time for all to sit down and enjoy a good meal together as a family. Try to prepare your pet’s meal at the same time as yours. Also, to avoid any puppy-eyed beggars at the table, try placing your pet’s meal in a food puzzle. Similarly, the stimulation of the food puzzle provides an activity while eating, and it might curb any temptation from your pup.
Play a game of football
If the weather is nice, get outside and enjoy a game of football. Your furry friend will love the interactive activity and the chance to catch the ball. Alternatively, snuggle up and catch a game on television. Your best mate can bark for their favorite team.
Get out and get moving
Take in a family walk or a stop by the dog park. A little goes a long way with a dog walk, your pup will enjoy the physical and mental stimulation, and a chance to stretch their paws.
Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks and show those in our life how much we care and how much we appreciate them. So take the time to spend quality one-on-one time with your furry friend, and partake in their favorite activity. Do they enjoy cuddles, catch with the ball, or taking a long dog walk? Any pet can benefit from extra time with their family and they will always appreciate the extra cuddles.
Enjoy your Thanksgiving time with your family and furry companions. And if anything comes up, we are here 24/7 to assist you and your pets. Even holidays!