Philadelphia, PA - Grilling is going to the dogs. According to the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association, 81 percent of Americans own a grill, and average grill usage is up to 26 times per year. And, with three-quarters of dog owners saying they consider their dog as a member of the family, more and more owners include their four-legged friends in the barbecue fun.
According to grilling guru Kent Whitaker, author of Smoke in the Mountains Cookbook: The Art of Appalachian Barbecue, "Grilling is a family affair, and today our dogs are like part of the family. My dog Moses is my grilling assistant who keeps it fun and entertaining, while we all enjoy the real meat aromas on the grill."
Use marinades, rubs, sauces, and different woods to add extra flavor to your barbecue favorites. While you're operating the grill, have another family member keep your dog entertained with the savory smells from his favorite dog treat. Hold the treat in front of his nose and ask him to perform a simple trick, such as sit or stay for a food reward.
Relax With Fun and Games
While the food is cooking, play fun games, the whole family can enjoy, including tag, hide 'n seek, and fetch. Make sure you have balls, flying discs, and chew toys to help your dog work up a healthy appetite.
Include A Place Setting
Create a theme for your barbecue and make sure all of the decorations and table settings match. And, when it's time to sit down and enjoy the feast, don't forget to set a place setting for your four-legged family member. Put a placemat and bowl on the ground by your table and serve your dog a hearty, healthy meal of ALPO Chop House Originals brand dog food with the real meat taste he craves.
Live A Little When Grilling
Don't be afraid to experiment and try new things at your next family barbecue. Try unique sauces, savory dips, bread and side dishes such as Tex-Mex Tater Salad and Fire Baked Beans. And, to give your dog even more excitement at mealtime, feed him different forms and flavors of his favorite food.
Leave the Clean Up for Later
Family affairs such as backyard barbecues are special times to be savored. So take advantage of having the whole family together and leave the dishes for later. Serve a grand finale dessert while sharing favorite family stories and end the festivities by taking an evening stroll with your canine companion.
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