Although Super Bowl Sunday is not a national holiday, it is about as close you can be without the actual title. Whether you’re a Patriots or Seahawks Fan, or neither, most people are planning to watch the big game today. For us pet lovers, there is also the Puppy Superbowl to catch this Sunday.
Between the two Superbowls and the commercials, chances are you’ll be spending a lot of time in front of the television. Many people take the opportunity to hang out with friends, eat some unhealthy food, and scream at the television.
For your pets this may or may not be a good thing. For those of us who watch sports week after week, our pets are accustomed to us yelling at the television. They also might be used to us having food out on tables to munch on. If we watch a lot of games our pets also might be used to having friends over who also jump up and scream at completely random times.
But, if you’re someone who doesn’t watch games regularly, it’s important that you take some precautions for your pets during the big game.
Here are 3 quick tips on how to make Super Bowl Sunday special, safe, and fun for all the members of your household.
1) Keep food and drinks out of reach. Whether it’s a big bag of Doritoes, some chicken wings, a beer, or 7 layer dip, chances are it isn’t good for your pets. Be aware that if your pets are out with everyone enjoying the game they might take the opportunity to try a treat of their own. Keep an eye on them and keep everything out of reach as much as possible.
2) Watch your pet carefully. If your dog or cat isn’t used to having lots of people cheering loudly at the television, it can make them nervous. For them, someone jumping up and yelling at what seems like random times can be a little intimidating, especially if you have guests who your pet doesn’t know as well. Keep an eye on them and be sure to give them their space in a separate room or part of the room if they need it.
3) Be sure to give your pet a good bit of exercise before the big game. Let them get all of their energy out so they are comfortable taking a nap in the corner. If you don’t have a chance, use the time during the game for some training. The “place” command can really come in handy when you have a lot of people in your house!
With these 3 quick tips, we hope you and your pet will enjoy Super Bowl Sunday!