Including Your Dog in Memorial Day Celebrations

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As Memorial Day approaches, dog parents may be wondering how to involve their furry family members in the celebrations. Whether attending parades, barbecues, or fireworks displays, there are plenty of ways to include your dog in the festivities while keeping them safe and happy. Here are some tips for making the most of Memorial Day with your pup.

Taking Your Dog to Parades

Parades are a popular way to celebrate Memorial Day, and many of them are dog-friendly. However, it's important to keep in mind that parades can be overwhelming for dogs, especially those who are shy or easily frightened. Bring plenty of water and snacks and consider bringing a portable shade or umbrella to provide a cool spot for your dog to rest. Be sure to keep them on a leash and away from the parade floats and performers.

Handling Fear of Fireworks

Fireworks are a traditional part of Memorial Day celebrations, but they can be extremely frightening for dogs. If your pup is afraid of loud noises, make sure they have a safe and quiet place to retreat to, such as a crate or a quiet room. Comfort them with extra cuddles, treats, and toys to help distract them from the noise.

Water Safety

Many Memorial Day celebrations take place near bodies of water, such as lakes, rivers, or pools. While swimming can be a great way for dogs to cool off and have fun, it's important to take precautions to keep them safe. Make sure your dog is comfortable in the water and knows how to swim. Keep a close eye on them at all times, and never let them swim alone. Consider using a dog life jacket, especially if your dog is a weak swimmer or will be in deep water. And always bring plenty of fresh water for your dog to drink throughout the day.

Boarding Your Dog at Camp Bow Wow

If you're planning to travel out of town for Memorial Day, you may choose to board your dog. This will keep them safe and entertained throughout the weekend. Camp Bow Wow’s boarding services are here to help while you’re away! Contact us today to schedule your pup’s visit.

In conclusion, including your dog in Memorial Day celebrations can be a great way to honor the sacrifices of our veterans while enjoying time with your furry family member. By following these tips, pet parents can ensure that their dogs stay safe and happy during the festivities.

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