If you’re anything like me, you love including your pets in pretty much everything you do.
Going out to do some yard work? Bring the dog!
Need to take a drive somewhere? Bring the dog!
Holidays coming up? Include the dog!
I think you get my point… with the holidays coming (incredibly soon I might add) you may be at a loss with exactly how you can include your dog in all of the Christmas festivities. Today, I am happy to share some of my personal tips to help you celebrate the holidays with your dog.
1. Photos With Santa!
Every Christmas, millions of people all over the world bring their human kids to have their photos taken with Santa Claus, but did you know, that you can bring your pet too? It’s true! It has become increasingly popular for shopping malls to have a few days set aside strictly for parents to bring their pets in to have their photos taken with Santa Claus! Or should I say… Santa Paws?
2. Bake for Your Pets
For some people, baking and Christmas go hand in hand. Why not bake holiday treats for your pets? Head out and grab some cute holiday themed cookie cutters, and whip up some healthy biscuits for your pets.
3. Hang a Stocking for Your Dog
As a parent of human children, I know first hand how warm it makes me feel when I watch my children run out of the bedroom in the morning, and straight to their stockings to see what Santa left for them. I can also tell you, the same thing goes for dogs too! Fill your dogs stocking with a couple toys, but put dog treats in the top of it. The smell of the treats will grab your dog’s attention, and direct them towards their very own stocking. (Remember – if you leave a stocking out overnight for your dog, make sure it is in a place where he cannot get to it while you are sleeping.)
4. Festive Apparel
In my house, I love buying my human girls Christmas jammies, and/or Christmas dresses. If you have a pet, you can purchase an adorable holiday collar, or bandanna to help them get into the holiday spirit. My huskies have a different holiday bandanna each year, and they wear them with pride!
5. Take in All of the Beautiful Lights
Dogs love to look at bright, shining colors. It grabs their attention just like it grabs ours. Why not take a walk around your city with your dog and see how your neighbors have decorated?
6. Wrap Gifts for Your Pets
Believe it or not, pets can learn to open their own Christmas gifts, and they really love doing it too! Put some high value, yummy smelling treats inside the wrapping paper to help them understand that there is something special inside all that pretty wrapping paper!
Now that you have some tips on how to celebrate the holidays with your dog, always remember that safety comes before all. If your pet has a fear of new people, or places, it may not be a good idea to try and get photos done with Santa. If you plan on baking for your dog, be sure you bake healthy treats, and keep all of that holiday chocolate/candy our of paws reach!
What sort of things do you do with you pets during the holidays?
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Jenna Drady is the author and creator of ownedbyahusky.ca. She is a mother of two beautiful daughters and 3 Siberian Huskies. Being a husky mom for a long duration of her life, Jenna was inspired to begin writing about them. In doing so, she began doing massive research on dog behavior, and all things dog in general. Jenna is inspired every day by her family, and loves to bring her readers valuable information as well as a little humor too! Jenna has created her own business partnered with her lovely mother while blogging called Pawz N Clawz Jewelry N Things. They currently sell handmade jewelry with added pet charms, as well as a few dog toys too! As an animal rights activist, and huge believer in helping pets who have been stuck in shelters, they donate a portion of their sales to local shelters throughout Canada.