Updated: Nov 22
Thanksgiving is a time of warmth, family, and gratitude. And who better to share it with than our loyal four-legged family members? Here’s how you can include your family dog in the Thanksgiving festivities safely and joyfully.
🦃 Turkey Broth Scented Bubble Mix
Dogs and kids alike will love this! Mix a little turkey broth with non-toxic bubble solution for a fun, sensory experience. As the bubbles pop, the scent of turkey will keep the dogs engaged and entertained.
(Safety Tip: Ensure the broth is onion and garlic-free, as these are harmful to dogs.)
🎨 Turkey Art with a Twist
Create memorable art with a canine touch! Before the party, cut out turkey shapes from white construction paper. At the party:
For Dogs: Add dabs of dog-safe peanut butter on a Ziplock bag containing the turkey cut-out and tempura paint. As the dog licks the bag, they'll create a unique piece of art!
For Kids: Kids can use a paintbrush on the outside of the bag or paint directly on the paper.
(Supervision is key: Ensure an adult is present, especially with young children around.)
🐾 A Quiet Retreat for Your Pup
A busy party can be overwhelming for dogs. Create a calm, secluded spot where they can relax. For example, a bed tucked away in a quiet corner or a crate in a low-traffic area can provide a safe haven.
🚫 A Gentle Reminder: Doggy Diet Do's and Don'ts
Guests love treating pets, but not all foods are safe. Consider:
Placing a sign near the food area reminding guests not to feed the dog food from the table.
Providing a small bowl of healthy, low-calorie dog treats that guests can give instead.
🍽️ Thanksgiving Foods: Yes and No for Dogs*
Safe in Moderation: Turkey meat (no bones or skin), plain sweet potatoes, carrots, green beans.
Unsafe: Onions, garlic, yeast dough, raisins or grapes, chocolate and candy, xylitol (found in sugar-free foods), alcohol, fried foods, nuts, dairy, and turkey bones and skin.
(*For a more comprehensive list of Thanksgiving dog safety tips, please see the American Veterinary Medical Association's Thanksgiving Pet Safety page: here.)
By including these fun activities and safety tips, you'll ensure that both your two-legged and four-legged guests have a delightful Thanksgiving!
BONUS: Here is a free printable for coloring fun!: