Feb
01
2018

Super Bowl Party Safety Tips For Dog Owners

Super Bowl Sunday is a time for friends and family to gather and for friendly rivalries to take center stage during the face-off of the two teams playing the game. Super Bowl parties are also a time when friends and family gather and it could be stressful for the dogs in your house; this is especially true when alcohol, loud voices and emotions are running high. We want everyone to enjoy the big game and for no dog bites to be reported on that day! Here are some Super Bowl party safety tips for dog owners that may help stop the potential for a dog bite.

“For us, the Super Bowl is an exciting event, having friends over with lots of yelling and excitement.” Deborah Turner, CPCU, AAI, who sells Canine Liability Insurance for FIDO said. “For your dog it can be terrifying; friends hugging them in excitement, maybe after several beers, new people and smells.  It is a dog bite disaster waiting to happen.”

Super Bowl Party Safety Tips For Dog Owners

If your dog(s) is unaccustomed to a houseful of strangers, the day of the big game could be stressful for him and that stress can manifest itself in your dog biting a guest. To help eliminate that possibility we urge you to tell, and more importantly, show, your guests how to interact with your pup. If your dog is enthusiastic about guests he may initiate the meeting himself. If, however, you have an older or frightened dog you, as the pet parent, need to decide whether — and more importantly — how your guests should interact with him.

It may be best, if you have a dog who isn’t overly friendly with strangers to put him in a room by himself and let him enjoy the day in peace and quiet. Give him his favorite toys and treats and access to his crate (if that is normally his safe place). Don’t force your reluctant dog to interact or you could unwittingly get a guest bitten.

super bowl safety tips Turner shared ways to protect your dog from the stress of the day and prevent a potential bite by, “Let your dog play with a relative who is not invested in the game and whom your dog knows. Crate them in a locked bedroom, but be aware that people will often go where the dog is to pet them.  So the room really needs to be locked. Again, don’t crate your dog if he isn’t used to it and if being crated will raise his anxiety — the locked room, however, can be a great barrier for his safety.”

Even a dog who loves people could get over-excited and nip a guest. In many cases, Super Bowl parties are more boisterous than our usual family holiday gathering and your dogs can pick up on that excitement. Depending on your dog’s temperament, he may roll with the enthusiasm of the humans in the house or he may bark, jump and potentially bite.

Socialization is necessary for your dog, but forcing that interaction during a party is not the way to go. If, however, you are determined to get your dog accustomed to large groups of people introduce your dog to the guests as they arrive. Ask your guests to approach your dog slowly and to not make direct eye contact. Direct eye contact can be perceived, by a dog, as a threat. Ask the guest to speak in a soft tone and to let the dog come to him rather than forcing contact.

Urge your guests not to feed your dog any of the big game snacks and treats. Again, your dog could be overly excited and could nip at the fingers of the treat-giver — even when he normally wouldn’t behave in such a way.

Protect your guests and your dog from an unfortunate Super Bowl party incident.

Next up: Protecting Your Pet From Potentially Harmful Super Bowl Party Treats

About FIDO

There are many reasons a dog may bite, and it’s not always 100% preventable. In addition to financially protecting dog owners from dog bite claims, our Canine Liability Policy also covers other injuries to people, including scratches and fall injuries caused by dogs and injuries to other animals. Please contact us today for more information at (407) 865-7477, ext. 101.

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