What better way to enjoy a warm, hazy summer day, than a picnic?
Many people love to involve their animal friends on summer away-days, too, and here are some tips for making the outing a time to remember.
Bring everyone a blanket. Most pups really want to feel included and do everything the same as mom or dad. Having them share your blanket can be almost too much to bear for some, because it puts food (that’s already on the ground) right in the line of temptation, and risks setting him up for failure by snagging your snacks, before the fun has even begun. Instead, bring your dog his own blanket (one he’s familiar with and sleeps on at home will help to calm an anxious pet) to he can feel part of the action, but slightly separated from the feast.
Have your dog carry his own gear so he feels more included in the participation. A backpack from Ruffwearwill be roomy enough to include his own small blanket, travel bowls, and water.
Make some picnic snacks ahead of time and bring them along for your pup to enjoy. Below are some delicious make-ahead, picnic-friendly recipes.
Keep unsafe people foods and drinks out of reach. Some popular picnic foods can be problematic for pups. Grapes, raisins, chocolate and alcohol can cause toxicity, and bones (for example from a chilled roast chicken), can present a fatal choking hazard. Be sure to keep these foods in an enclosed container.
Take a toy. A Frisbee or tennis ball can make for a wonderful pre-picnic game for everyone. An interactive puzzle toy loaded with small treats like Quickies, can help to keep your pup occupied for a prolonged amount of time, while the humans enjoy a leisurely lunch.
Recipe: Summer Pupcakes
These delicious mini cakes will be sure to make the summer days extra special for your pup and her friends!
Preheat the oven to 350°F and grease a 9” square, deep baking pan
Hydrate the dehydrated food with the warm water in a large mixing bowl and stir thoroughly.
Add in the remaining ingredients and stir thoroughly to form a thick ”batter.”
Bake at 350°F for about 25 minutes or until slightly crispy on the top.
Cool thoroughly and slice into individual bars before serving.
You can store picnic bars in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week.
Lucy Postins is founder and Chief Integrity Officer at The Honest Kitchen. She is a companion animal nutritionist who started The Honest Kitchen in her kitchen in 2002. She is passionate about advanced nutrition and holistic health including complementary modalities such as herbalism and homeopathy. Considered an expert in her field, Lucy frequently writes articles for local and national media, conducts radio interviews and educational spots, and occasionally holds educational seminars for pet owners on the importance of good nutrition. She also recently authored Dog Obsessed, a guide to a happier, healthier life for the pup you love.