How to dine out with your dogs

Dining out with your dog can be a blast so long as you prepare accordingly.

Dining out with your dog can either be a joyous meal or a wild nightmare, which is why it's up to you to do your best to get Fido ready for your restaurant experience. 

Start by looking into establishments that are "dog friendly." This doesn't just mean places that allow four-legged friends but find ones that encourage it – there is a difference. Once you've selected a spot, test your pooch at home to see if he's ready for an outing.

Determine whether Fido is a reactor, because that'll make all the difference, explained Go Pet Friendly blog. He probably fits into that category of pooches if he tends to get hyper over little things. Not to worry – he just needs extra preparation for a restaurant visit.

When you're getting ready for the dinner date, pack a bag of items that'll come in handy incase your pooch runs into an unpredictable scenario. Bring along a water bowl, toys and a leash. No matter how well-behaved he is, he could be sent running after another doggy patron in the middle of your meal. 

Give him a Hartz® flea and tick treatment before you venture out to public places because often they're breeding grounds for parasites. If it's your first outing, consider making a reservation for a less-busy night. It's OK to take it slow. 

This content is provided by the pet wellness experts at Hartz. We offer complete flea and tick protection for your pet, home and yard.