The big game is coming! Regardless of what team you are cheering for or if you are into football or not…there are ways your pooches can celebrate the pigskin in a safe, fun, and enjoyable way. Fidose of Reality proudly presents your down by down play book for the Ultimate Super Bowl Game Day for Dogs!!
Penalties: Things NOT To Do With Dogs Around
Noise: If you are having a Super Bowl get together, ask your guests to keep the screaming at the screen to a minimum. It has been scientifically proven that dogs can hear much better than we can. Dogs have the ability to hear at higher frequencies, too. Sudden loud noises or yelling by strangers at a bright box (the television) will be confusing and disturbing for dogs. This applies to noise makers and horns, too.
Open Doorways: With guests coming and going, dogs might decide to bolt. Many dogs will not run away and are trained to stay inside, but use caution with guests as they arrive and depart. A sudden increase in foot traffic may cause some dogs to get nervous.
Offsides: Apparel for Dogs
This time of year, stores and online shops are filled with football jerseys and cute little pigskin pooch outfits. Some dogs are simply not into wearing clothes, especially if they don’t wear them the rest of the year. Consider a team collar or leash or even a bandanna worn under supervision. For dogs, like our Dexter, who don’t mind the apparel, have fun and get those selfies online!
2-Point Conversion: Safety
Prying eyes and paws are likely to try and sneak snacks for their own “quarterback keeper” game play. If you are serving a buffet to guests, consider keeping the food high up and in one room. While guests are snacking and munching on game time favorites, keep your dog(s) clear of any snack attacks.
Inform guests that dogs are not to get table food or snacks from the adult buffet.
Roughing the Passer: Beware
Aside from the usual suspects of food that dogs should not eat, one of the items that makes its presence known at Super Bowl parties is guacamole, which is contains avocados. Avocados can be toxic to pets, though the exact amount is unclear. It is best to keep dogs away from guac.
Two big liquid no no’s also include alcohol and caffeine. Ask guests to keep their liquid beverages out of Fido’s reach.
Wings are an all-time favorite on game day but do NOT give them to dogs. In an article for petMD on Super Bowl foods not to give your dog, Dr. Ernie Ward, founder and President of Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, shared, “One buffalo wing has almost 160 to 200 mg of sodium…. “That’s about the amount of sodium recommended for a 20-pound dog in a day. Feeding a dog too much salt can cause high blood pressure and can contribute to kidney and heart disease.”
Halftime Fun: Food
Fortunately, there are plenty of fun ways to engage dogs in Super Bowl Sunday and have a party of your own! If you are anything like me, you love to treat your dog and splurge from time to time (some of us more than others, present company included). Here are ideas for what to feed Fido and his football fan friends for Super Bowl fun:
Rachael Ray’s Quiche for Dogs: Anyone who knows me and/or follows this blog knows I am far from the world’s greatest cook. My dog, Dexter, has tried this quiche recipe thanks to his Auntie Christine Aiello, and he ruffs it. This is great for a treat, but always be sure the ingredients are those your dog can tolerate and won’t cause digestive upset. It makes a nice serving and people can enjoy it, too. (it’s a little flat for my palate, but my dog loves it)
Dog Anise Football Cookies: My pooch loves anise cookies, and this is a fun alternative to the human version. Best of all, they are shaped like footballs and you can have fun decorating them to look like the real thing!
Bowser Beer: I had to see this one to believe it, but it does exist: Fake beer for dogs! It is made from broth from real meat and contains no salt, and the company says that dogs love it.
Marvelous Mutt Meatballs: People have finger foods, and so shall the dogs. These muttballs from dog pro, Arden Moore, serve up a hearty portion for snack time.
Grain Free No Bake Peanut Butter and Pumpkin Dog Treats: If your dog can’t do grains or perhaps you just don’t like baking (hello, that’s me), this is a yummy and easy-to-prepare treat for dogs for which Jodi from Kol’s Notes gets four paws up from our doghouse!
With Super Bowl fever in the air, one of the worst things that can happen to a football player who is headed for the big game is to be sidelined due to injury. Humans are not alone in their propensity to injury, whether competing in a stadium or a light game of touch football. Dogs, too, suffer injuries the same as or very similar to those of professional football players.
Become as well versed of a dog parent as you can and check out Six Football Injuries Dogs Can Get.
If watching puppies traipse up and down the “stadium” field is more your style, then you must watch the With dozens of puppies participating in Puppy Bowl XII, tune in to Animal Planet at 3 pm EST on February 7th to watch funny antics, cuteness with no offsides called, and plenty of water bowl cams in action. If you’ve never seen the Puppy Bowl, we double dog dare you not to make this a yearly event!
What are you doing for Super Bowl Sunday? And are you more excited for Super Bowl or Puppy Bowl?