DCHS Pet Tips: Dogs at Picnics

The Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS) Door County Campus is temporarily pausing adoptions while it houses many dogs from other shelters to assist those shelters as they work through an animal-health situation (visit to learn more). WHS will resume regular adoption processes soon.

Until information about pets looking for new homes returns to this space, here are some ways to help your dog join in the fun of outdoor parties and picnics.

• Make sure the location is dog-friendly by checking with the host. Gather necessary supplies: a leash, food and water bowls, bed or towel, tie-out, chew toys, healthful dog treats and a retrieving toy such as a ball or frisbee.

• When you arrive, select an area in the shade away from food and food preparation. Secure your dog on the tie-out, fill the food and water bowls, and put out the bed and toys.

• When guests start eating, keep your dog occupied with a game of fetch or an enrichment toy. Beware of picnic scraps such as bones, corn cobs or other things that dogs could choke on.

• If your dog is becoming overstimulated, calm him down away from the crowd, or take her on a walk to expel some energy.

• Be prepared to leave early. Not all dogs do well at picnics, and they may be more comfortable back at home.

• Always be a good steward by picking up after your dog, and never put a dog in a warm or hot car.For more summer dog-safety tips, head to!

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