All of us Brits are gearing up towards the Queen's Platinum Jubilee next week, with street parties planned for up and down the country. It's all a bit of a jolly for us, but it's important that we consider how our dogs may be feeling, and that we put in place measures to keep them safe, happy, and relaxed!
Keep them on-lead
If you're taking them with you, either to a party down the road or to the local pub, make sure you keep them on-lead. It may seem like a chore, but it will stop them getting into all sorts of trouble, from running into a busy road to eating something toxic.
Bring something to keep them occupied
The last thing you want, when you're trying to have a good time with your friends and neighbours, is for your dog to start getting restless and barking at you. Think ahead and bring a tasty chew for them to gnaw on, or up the ante and bring a frozen stuffed KONG. This should keep them engaged for a short while, and help them to relax amidst all the ongoings!
Advocate for your dog
No dog wants to be poked and prodded all day, so it's important that you pay attention to your dog's body language. If they're not feeling up to it, it's on you to tell people to give them space. It's also a very good idea to take them home for an hour or two in the middle to let them take a power nap and recharge for round two.
Watch out for toxic foods
Our dogs LOVE to eat, and that can get pretty dangerous around parties! Keep your eyes peeled for toxic foods that may be around, and make sure your dog can't get access to them. If you need a refresher of what toxic foods may be lurking about, check out our blog on it here.
Consider leaving them at home
A lot of dogs find busy places, children, and unfamiliar people a bit intimidating, so the street parties won't be very enjoyable for them. Provided they don't struggle with separation anxiety, there is no harm in leaving them at home for a couple of hours whilst you enjoy the parties without them.
If you live near a party location, such as on an estate or in a town, it's worth setting up like you would for firework night - this is because there will likely be fireworks, but also other strange noises that may be a cause of concern for your pup. If you'd like some suggestions on this, take a look at our firework night blog. If you know your dog is likely to get scared by such things, though, please do consider spending the time with them so they can come to you for comfort if they need it!
How are you and your pups spending the Platinum Jubilee? Let us know down below - we'd love to hear from you!