Thanksgiving Tips for Dog Owners

Happy Thanksgiving week! I’m so excited for lots of food, friends, family, parade-watching, and online/in-store (Black Friday) shopping! But in the midst of all of the excitement, it’s important to remember a few things if you’re a dog (or really any pet) owner.

Thanksgiving tips for dog owners

Be Mindful of the Food on the “No” List

Even though it’s not recommended, most of us are guilty of giving our pups some table scraps/”human food” every once in a while. The big no-no’s are things like turkey skin, gravy, dried fruits, nuts, onions, chocolate, certain herbs/spices, etc. And definitely NO turkey bones!

Keep an Eye on Decorations

Watch out for any decorations you have out, especially candles and table centerpieces. Excited dogs could accidentally knock things over or try to take a bite out of a decoration that looks like a treat. If possible, keep things higher up so they’re unreachable to your pup.

Maintain Your Pup’s Routine

It’s easy to get caught up with all of the events going on, but try to keep your pup’s routine as normal as possible with things like eating times and walks. They’ll greatly appreciate it!

Give Houseguests A Heads Up

If you’re having people over, or bringing your pup along for Turkey Day festivities, make sure the people around you know any do’s/dont’s regarding your pup. This is especially important if there will be kids around. Let them know not to give food handouts, don’t get near the dog when they’re eating, etc.


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  1. November 24, 2015 / 11:00 AM

    Such great tips for all dog owners! My dog is known for being a big begger, so we’ll make sure to let people know not to give him handouts. We’re bringing him his own “Thanksgiving dinner” anyways, so he’ll be happy!

    • November 24, 2015 / 9:13 PM

      Thanks, Ashley! My pup is quite the begger too (mostly just with the puppy dog eyes)! Love that you’re bringing a little Thanksgiving dinner just for him!

  2. Leslie Soto
    November 24, 2015 / 11:56 AM

    Great tips. Often we forget to include our pups but they’re just as important.

    • November 24, 2015 / 7:54 PM

      Thanks, Leslie! It’s super important to keep our pups in mind, especially this time of year!

  3. November 24, 2015 / 12:13 PM

    These are definitely great tips–our dog has a delicate stomach, so we always have to remind people not to give her table scraps (especially to her Grandpa, who always wants to spoil her!)

    • November 24, 2015 / 9:08 PM

      Thanks, Kate! My pups grandparents (esp grandma) are over the top with spoiling too! Always have to be careful with those sensitive stomachs!

  4. November 24, 2015 / 1:52 PM

    My pups never ever ever eat table food and I get really upset if anyone tries to feed them. It’s not cool with me. They have sensitive bellies and are on a strict doggie diet. Most people are understanding.

    • November 24, 2015 / 9:14 PM

      Table food and sensitive bellies definitely do not mix well! I’m glad people listen to you about not feeding them table food!

  5. November 24, 2015 / 4:51 PM

    Hawkeye lives on table food. Literally – tacos, burgers, fries, pizza, chicken fingers, cheese – I’m a terrible mom. But at least I don’t give her bones or chocolate right?

    • November 24, 2015 / 9:24 PM

      Haha, Sheba gets quite a bit of table food as well. But the really bad things are always avoided (like bones and chocolate), so we’re good!

    • November 25, 2015 / 3:57 PM

      I don’t understand people who say “I never give my dog table food.” What! Is your heart made of stone? Starla is just too cute sometimes…..

  6. November 24, 2015 / 4:52 PM

    Great tips for the pups. I’m fortunate enough that all of my guests respect our wishes and don’t feed them. I hate walking up and finding one of them got sick overnight and it could have been avoided!

    • November 24, 2015 / 9:23 PM

      Thanks, Anne! That really is the worst :(

  7. CDG
    November 24, 2015 / 5:42 PM

    Well, with Sheba, there doesn’t seem to be any Don’ts . , . just Do’s. Love your blog! CDG

    • November 24, 2015 / 9:14 PM

      She’s just a littleeeee spoiled!

  8. Jackie
    November 25, 2015 / 6:31 AM

    Great tips, thanks!! I’ll be sharing this with my Dad who is always spoiling our pup! Happy Thanksgiving!

  9. November 25, 2015 / 7:44 AM

    I like this! I always like knowing ahead of time what the rules are for people’s dogs, especially the well-trained ones. What can he/she have, what can they not have, any special ticks, etc.

    • November 30, 2015 / 11:25 PM

      Thanks, Allie! It’s definitely important info for the owners to share and guests to be aware of!

  10. November 25, 2015 / 3:56 PM

    I’m going to have a full house of pets this year for thanksgiving. Two cats, Starla, and a 90 lb lab! All rules above apply!

    • November 30, 2015 / 11:24 PM

      Oh wow, crazy day! I hope Thanksgiving with the pets was successful :)