NFL preseason is fast approaching, and when the tailgates, parties, and fantasy leagues start up, you’ll want your four-legged friend to be just as prepared as you. Football season can be twice the fun with your dog involved!
You have your lucky team jersey, and it’s probably time for your pup to get his own! Any officially licensed NFL jersey would not only make a statement of support for your team, but also ensures your dog feels as important as a drafted player. If you have a more feminine pooch, forgo the jersey and surprise her with your home team’s NFL cheerleader dress. The only thing missing are the poms and kickline! For bigger dogs and pooches that prefer to remain unclothed, smaller league collar charms or festive bandanas can provide the necessary display of football fan faithfulness. If you’re unsure which outfit would suit your best friend best, try to recall any past aversion to being clothed -which Halloween costumes stayed on, and which were quickly shaken off? If league themed clothes, bandanas and tags simply aren’t an option, your pup can still demonstrate support with an appropriately decorated NFL water bowl. For all players, including your dog, hydration is key.
Unfortunately, dogs still aren’t usually welcome at pro football games, despite being some of the friendliest, most excitable fans. However, that shouldn’t prevent you from checking the schedule for close games, purchasing some tickets and heading out to show some pigskin passion at a game or two. To keep your furry pal comfortable while you’re at the playoffs, hire a dog walker for the day and leave the football game playing on TV. Wave from the stadium if you manage to get on TV, and when you return ecstatic from your team’s victory, shower your pup with love and take him on a much deserved victory lap around your neighborhood. Air horns and whistles are allowed. If you can’t make every game, the best way to watch is DirecTV’s NFL Sunday Ticket. Check it out at direct.tv.
For NFL game day parties, be sure you have equal amounts of canine-friendly snacks and plates of wings. Warn guests that nachos, finger-foods, and hot dogs aren’t necessarily the best for your pooch, and instead satisfy canine bowl game day munchie needs with some chewable bones and dog snacks. It might not be wise to leave the canine treats in a bowl or jar on game day, either. A few beers in and a poor friend might mistake the treats for a new type of NFL themed cookie. With food mix-ups in mind, keep your human football snacks on taller counters and tables so two-legged friends can have easy access, but your pup won’t sneak his way into the open food while you’re too distracted by that ref’s last horrendous call. Really, who hires those guys anyways!
Between game days, don’t leave your dog at home while you and the family hit the outdoors to play some friendly touch football. Bring along a plush NFL chew toy and give your pup some deserved exercise! Let’s be honest, a four legged player is going to be much faster than Uncle Jerry, even if Uncle Jerry claims he was a football star in high school before his injury. Unfortunately, the football season can bring rain, cold, and wetness. If you’re training out in fields or grassy areas, wiping your dogs feet down after play can be tedious. One option is to look at possibly acquiring some sporty paw wear, keeping paws dry and mud free. To prevent less fluffy pups from catching cold NFL sports jackets, are also handy.
The NFL Super Bowl may seem far away, but when it does arrive, don’t forget to also watch the Puppy Bowl. For those who can’t wait, Animal Planet has some great 2013 highlights of adorable puppy players! The Puppy Bowl game is excellent entertainment for you and your pooch fan, but more importantly the canine bowl game features over fifty adoptable puppies and kittens. You already know the benefits of having a steadfast and faithful best friend during football season, but a few pals might still need a push. The Puppy Bowl provides just that -no one can resist the floppy eared playful madness! As an added benefit, there are helpful dog tips between plays by referees, and within the commentary.
So, before football season is upon us, take the proper steps to ensure your pooch is properly outfitted in your team’s gear, has their own set of game day snacks and gets involved in as much of the football frenzy as possible! After all, what makes you both truly happy is more time hanging with each other.