The Ultimate “Tail”gating Guide: Four Tips for Tackling Football Games with Your Pup

Merritt Milam | August 7, 2015

Football season is right around the corner (four Saturdays, to be exact) and for those of us who attend these games religiously, deciding whether or not to bring our dogs along can be a tough decision—because who wouldn’t want to enjoy a day full of burgers, sunshine and some Alabama or Auburn football with their pup? But before you dress your furry pal in his favorite football jersey and load him in the car, make sure to consider these tips and precautions to ensure a safe, enjoyable and dog-friendly day!

Are Dogs Allowed?

First, do your homework and check your favorite university’s campus regulations to ensure you can bring your pooch along for a fun day of tailgating. The campus might have certain areas where dogs are not allowed, so be sure to read the restrictions prior to bringing your pet to the party.

Understand Your Dog’s Personality

Not all furry pups will be excited about spending a full day surrounded by big crowds and loud noises. If your dog is scared of fireworks, then he’ll most likely be afraid of tailgating noises, too. A shy and timid dog might prefer spending the day away from the hustle and bustle of a tailgate, so treat him to a fun day of daycare at Camp Wags instead!

Pack a Furry Friend Tailgating Kit

You should come to the tailgate prepared with items for your furry friend, just like you would for yourself! Essential dog items include plenty of water, food, treats, a first aid kit in case of emergency, a leash, a doggie bed, toys, a pooper scooper and plastic bags to clean up after your pooch.  This ultimate tailgating kit will have you prepared to tackle any situation!

Remember Safety is a Priority

In Alabama, we don’t really get a break from the summer heat until November, meaning your pet will feel exponentially hotter than you will while tailgating in the warmer months. Remember that hot asphalt is extremely painful on your pooch’s paws, so consider setting up your tailgate tent in a grassy area instead of a parking lot. If finding some shade isn’t an option, consider purchasing cute paw booties to protect his paws from the hot asphalt and any other harmful materials such as glass, thorns or rocks he may encounter while tailgating. Keep your furry friend on a leash at all times and make sure he doesn’t eat any human tailgating food that your friends or family may try to give him. Although dogs love them, bones and other human food treats can cause serious tummy issues for your pup. Also, be cautious of unfamiliar people trying to pet your dog, as this may alarm him and make him nervous.