It’s a special day for you and your loved ones- maybe an anniversary, a birthday, or you are celebrating a promotion at work. You then decide to celebrate with a good meal, and feel compelled to take the whole family out, including the canine members. Here are a few ways to make the experience easy for everyone.
First do your research and find out if the restaurant you want to visit is pet friendly. Some restaurants welcome pets, while others have a no-pet policy. Always make sure beforehand to avoid inconveniences at the last minute.
Decide if your dog’s personality and general behavior allows you to take her along. If she is calm around strangers and other dogs, you can take her along. If on the other hand she gets too excited and barks and generally misbehaves, it’s better to just leave her at home and she can join in the celebrations later on.
Your dog should also understand and obey basic rules such as ‘sit’ and ‘stay’. This way, if she starts showing signs of agitation, you are sure a simple command will keep her calm until you are done with the meal.
Even if she does understand these rules, make sure she is wearing a leash. In case she behaves contrary to her norm you can reign her in with the leash and avoid causing chaos and ruining the fun for other merry diners.
Keep the dog entertained and busy as you enjoy your meal. Bring along a chew toy to keep her distracted. Even better, since everyone is in a celebratory mood, you can bring a toy that has a treat- this will keep her both entertained and also serve as a snack.
If you take your dog to the restaurant when she is hungry, she is bound to misbehave. She will keep reaching out for your food and that of other guests. To avoid this scenario, feed her well before you get to the restaurant.
To increase the chances of your dog being on her best behavior, make sure she has gone for her walk before going out to dinner. If she has been locked up in the house all day, she will want to release all that energy and most likely she will do so in a way that will annoy you and maybe ruin your fun. She is more likely to stay calm when she is tired.
Considerations to Make while Taking your Dog Out to Dinner