In the days before Christmas, everyone, (including our dogs), will be sensing the buzz of the season, and be anxiously looking forward to the big day itself.
Whether your fur pal is your family and you just plan to spend a quiet day alone together, or you’re planning a large family celebration, there are tons of great ways to help Rover catch the Christmas spirit and ensure he has a wonderful holiday too.
If you’re looking for inspiration on how to make sure this Christmas is the best ever for your bestie, check out these howliday ideas!
Get Them Lots of Exercise
A great way to begin Christmas day is taking your dog for a walk! Christmas day is one of the best days of the year to plan an excellent walk because most areas will be less crowded. In addition, other dogs and their owners out walking are likely to be in the Christmas spirit, providing great opportunities to socialize and meet new people.
Give Them a Special Meal and Treats
Preparing an extra special Christmas meal for your pooch a fun way give your dog a great once-a-year treat. But it’s important to consider what Fluff will be eating to ensure she’s safe.
Replacing your dog’s usual diet with a bowl full of turkey may appear to be her best meal ever, but it could easily give her the ‘runs’ or make her sick. Abrupt changes in a dog’s feeding routine is seldom a great idea for canines. Consider exchanging some of his or her normal meal for some white meat turkey not cooked in garlic or salt.
On this one day of the year it’s OK to favor dogs with a few more treats than normal, but make sure they’re the wholesome dog-suitable kind, and avoid those that could make them ill.
Provide Them Some Socialization
Why not consider getting your doggo some social time with another canine pal. You could invite a friend and their dog over for a Christmas visit and some eggnog, or take your dog for a visit to the dog park.
Well socialized dogs enjoy company and playing with friends, and just a half-hour visit might add a nice touch this Christmas for both you and your fur pal.
Give Them a Special Present
It’s fun shopping for a cool present that will make Fido’s tail wag, but most dogs are happiest with a cheap new stuffie toy or game you both can play with. Whatever present you choose, try to make it the interactive kind so both of you can enjoy together.
Give Them Lots of Attention
Why not dedicate at least a good half hour on Christmas day to your hound? Giving him or her your full attention will definitely make them very happy. You could groom them, give them a massage, or play fetch or tug with them. And you can always take several small walks or take them out for some play time in the yard.
What better way to show them that they’re the ‘best’ than by spending some quality time together on Christmas day?
Keep Them Safe
An unexpected trip to the vet’s office (if you can find one open) is a sure way to dampen everybody’s Christmas spirit. Keep your pup safe and well by keeping a sharp eye open for discarded or toxic food that could pose a risk. In addition, take care to ensure that they stay out of trouble with the seasonal hazards around your house at Christmas.
From More Waggin’ Less Barkin’ we wish you and your furry besties a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! If you liked this article, please be sure give it a “Thumbs Up” and “Share” it with your friends on social media!
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