How to Celebrate Thanksgiving with Your Puppy

Mira Gibson

With Turkey Day right around the corner, you need to know how to celebrate Thanksgiving with your puppy. PuppyBuddy answers your burning questions in this informative article. From puppy safety tips to yummy Thanksgiving dog treats, we’ve got your back!

A Miniature Schnauzer tries to sneak a bite of the Thanksgiving turkey while his family isn't watching.


The biggest hazard to puppies on Thanksgiving is human food ingredients that are poisonous to dogs. And because puppies are so small, even foods that would only upset the stomach of an adult dog could be especially harmful to a puppy.

What human foods are not safe for dogs and puppies? The following are all of the poisonous foods that you should never let your puppy eat. It’s also a good idea to ask your Thanksgiving guests not to feed your puppy table scraps.  

  • Alcohol of any kind
  • Apple pie
  • Artificial sweeteners, especially Xylitol
  • Banana leafs
  • Bones
  • Bread or pizza dough
  • Candy
  • Chocolate
  • Chili peppers
  • Corn husk
  • Dairy, especially whipped cream
  • Eggnog 
  • Fried foods
  • Garlic
  • Grapes or raisins
  • Gravy 
  • Green bean casserole
  • Hot sauce
  • Jelly and jams
  • Mac and cheese
  • Nuts, including macadamia nuts and walnuts
  • Onions
  • Pumpkin pie
  • Salsa
  • Salt
  • Sour cream
  • Yeast 

If you suspect your puppy has ingested any of the foods above, take him to the veterinarian immediately.


Homemade dog treats are being made for Thanksgiving as PuppyBuddy recommends feeding your puppy DIY Thanksgiving dog treats.

As the family love flows thicker than Grandma’s gravy this Thanksgiving, we recommend you make your new puppy some dog treats! You shouldn’t feed your puppy table scraps on Thanksgiving. Many of the traditional Turkey Day dishes have ingredients that can be harmful to dogs. By providing your puppy with special treats he can eat, you’ll reduce “begging.” 

Check out these delicious Thanksgiving dog treat recipes from A Cultivated Nest


A Golden Retriever puppy sleeps on a blue knit blanket this Thanksgiving.

Puppies have a ton of energy in general. And they also conk out quickly and need their sleep. You can use this to your advantage this Thanksgiving. We recommend that you make special time for your puppy before the Thanksgiving guests arrive. Play games with your puppy. Take him out for a long walk. And otherwise help him discharge as much puppy energy as possible. 

By exercising your puppy before mealtime, he’ll be ready for a nap. Or at the very least, he’ll be in a calm, relaxed state. This will promote better behavior. 

We also recommend that you prepare a quiet, safe room for your puppy. This way, if your Thanksgiving festivities get loud or “too exciting,” you can tuck your new puppy into his safe room to rest. Prepare this room with his crate. Make sure his crate has blankets, pillows, his favorite stuffed animals, and other comforts. His water bowl should be fresh. And it’s a good idea to lay down some pee pads. You don’t have to close his crate door, but rather just close the door of the room. You can also leave him with a puppy puzzle or Kong toy to keep him entertained.  


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