Eat. Play. Bark. Setting Up Play Dates For Your Dog.

Screen Shot 2014-09-05 at 10.40.22 AMAre you planning a play date for your pooch? Play dates can either work out amazingly well OR be a complete recipe for disaster. How great would it be if your dog was able to EAT, PLAY and BARK with fellow Fido?

Here are a few tips to help you bring in the new guest and create the ideal environment:

  • If you’re considering an overnighter, when your guest and Fido arrive, take beds and crates inside right away and choose a safe place for each to sleep. Selecting separate sleeping quarters is really important because the last thing you want is having to break up a squabble in the middle of the night. Baby gates are great at helping with separation.
  • Take both your pooch & Fido out together on a walk. This will encourage doggie interaction, ‘pack-building’ and give them both some exercise before the visit gets underway. Be sure to lead the walk so that Fido knows who’s in charge and who’s leading the way.
  • 1dogIf the walk was stellar and no issues came about, get into your home by leading the way in, guest and Fido afterwards.
  • Now it’s time to get the dogs playing TOGETHER! Ideally, a fenced in backyard would be great but if that isn’t an option, choose an indoor play space where less to NO damage can occur. Your home ‘scents’ will play a big role AND set the stage letting Fido know that you and your pet are primary.
  • Don’t be afraid to lay down the rules! It’s important that you take a few minutes to specify house rules (without offending anyone of course!) so for instance, if dogs aren’t allowed on furniture etc., make it clear to your guest.
  • When mealtime comes about, you may want to consider separating the dogs for feeding to make sure there are no food fights! You want to minimize the potential for any incidents to take place and food aggression could result.
  • 1dognewHave FUN! If all seems to be going well, PLAY, catch up with your guest, have an abundance of treats on hand and ENJOY all of the company!

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