Super Bowl Sunday is almost here, and we can’t wait for the big game to start! By now, you’ve probably decided where you’ll watch the event, what delicious munchies you’ll prepare, and which team you’ll be cheering on. But what about your dog? How will he or she participate in the big day? The DogWatch team has some fun ideas for incorporating your best friend into the year’s biggest sports spectacle.

Dress the Part

On Sunday, many loyal fans will be sporting their best Falcons’ black and red or Patriots’ red, white and blue. Why not let your dog show his team spirit, too? It can’t hurt your team’s chances, and it will certainly bring a smile to the face of all your guests. Of course, before debuting the look, make sure your dog is comfortable in his jersey or her cheerleader outfit. If he or she prefers a subtler statement, stick with a colorful bandanna or collar. Be creative, have fun and be sure to capture it all on camera, like these adorable Instagrams from Otis the Sheepadoodle and Maui the Golden Retriever and his brother Moon the Aussie!

Make Your Own Doggie Snacks

Super Bowl parties are notorious for delicious food, most of which is not suitable for dogs. Keep your dog away from the wings, guacamole and brownies by preparing treats just for her! We found this fun recipe on the blog Golden Daily Scoop for healthy Super Bowl-themed dog treats in the shape of mini footballs – why not try it out this weekend?

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Half Time is Play Time

Despite its many charms, the Super Bowl is still a very long TV event. Why not take a quick break from the couch during half time? If the weather is nice, take your dog for walk or practice your spiral in the backyard with a game of fetch (deflated toy footballs are optional). If the weather does not cooperate, bring out the dog toys or try some fun indoor games to get the whole party involved. Your dog will love the attention and activity, and you’ll have a chance to burn off some of those tasty Super Bowl treats.

Coors the German Shepherd plays with a football in front of a DogWatch truck

Coors the German Shepherd, a DogWatch of Santa Barbara customer, plans to use the halftime to practice his impressive football skills!

Watch the Puppy Bowl

One of our favorite Super Bowl traditions actually takes place before the game. At 3PM on Sunday, Animal Planet airs Puppy Bowl XIII. Quite possibly the most adorable television program of the year, the Puppy Bowl places pups of different breeds into a mini football field and lets them play as only puppies can. It’s irresistible, and it’s for a good cause, too. All of the puppies are rescue dogs, and their great spirit will no doubt inspire more people to adopt a dog in need. Even Patriots and Falcons fans will agree that the Puppy Bowl is a great show!

Have fun this Sunday, and may the best team win!