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Fun Ways To Get Your Dog Into The Action On Game Day

It’s football season and there’s no reason why your pup can’t be part of the fun on game night. But don’t just have him there – make sure he is part of the team with these fun ideas from Trupanion:

#1 – Show off your gear

Dress your pet up in a pet-friendly jersey that doesn’t restrict their movement. If they aren’t comfortable in clothes, look for your favorite team’s collar, leash, toy, or bandana.

For outfits, check out, they have all the officially licensed outfits, bandanna, collars, leashes, etc. – whether you watch College or Pro.


Petco and Petsmart each carry some fun items as well, such as sweatshirts, harnesses, puffy jackets, and cheerleader outfits.

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# 2-  Get your pet in the zone

Hosting a party to watch the game or tailgate? See how they’re feeling about the crowd. Always give your pet a safe, quiet place to go and if they typically don’t enjoy a lot of commotion, it might be best to leave them at home. If they love being the center of attention and you don’t mind keeping a close eye on them, bring them along for the ride!

You can keep them occupied with the Busy Buddy Football dog toy – fill with peanut butter and freeze, or their favorite treats, and they can chew on their very own football while you watch the game.

#3 – Play a game of pick-up. There’s nothing like throwing a ball for your pup in the yard. Even a game of keep away can be a great way to keep the whole family involved. While you’re throwing the pigskin, take plenty of breaks for water—especially when the weather is still warm at the start of the season—and try not to push your pup (or yourself)! A football can bounce in any direction, and a quick turn by your dog could result in a torn knee ligament (or deflated football).

Looking for a more dog-sized football? Try Planet Dog’s Orbee Tough football, it’s the perfect size and the rubber is soft, so it’s easier for your dog to grip.


Or, if you want “super soft,” try this plush football for puppies or small dogs with softer mouths. Still just as fun! 


#4 – Snacking on some veggies and dip during the game? Cut up some carrots or broccoli to share with your pup. There are a number of pet-safe fruits and veggies you can share. If you’re feeling like doing a little more for your pet, try making a homemade treat for your dog—like peanut butter and pumpkin dog treats.

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Not a cook? Order these adorable, handmade football dog treats made with Pumpkin, Blackstrap Molasses, Water, Olive Oil, Garbanzo Flour, Baking Soda, Baking Powder, Cinnamon, and Flax Seed. They are made to order out of human-grade ingredients.

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Don’t Get Sidelined

Along with all the fun, be sure you and your put have a safe game day. This means watching your dog and the game. Pets can get into a lot of trouble when you aren’t looking—party favors, finger foods, drinks, and even the pigskin itself can become a snack for a curious pet. Don’t believe us? Trupanion covered a claim for a Goldendoodle in Iowa who ingested a rubber football.

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Written by Kristina Lotz
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