Practice Food Safety
Picnics are full of potential food hazards for dogs, especially because the food is often low to the ground and easy for them to reach. Make sure your pup can’t access foods containing toxic ingredients such onions, grapes, raisins, chocolate, alcohol and anything with bones, which could present a choking hazard. Corn cobs can also pose a problem for dogs, so take your corn off the cob before bringing it to a picnic. Also, scan the area for non-food items that your pet might gobble up, such a cigarette butts.
Keep an especially close eye on kids, who are often carrying around plates at a dog’s eye level. If your pup is a prolific food-stealer, you might consider leaving him at home, Sawchuk says.
Also, use extreme caution when grilling, especially at open grills in public parks.
“The hot coals can just drop through onto the cement below, and as a result that can be a real problem for dogs when they’re walking around,” she adds.