Ho Ho Ho, and all that Christmas cheer to you! Whether you are a Scrooge or you love to deck the halls for Christmas, we all know that you have to remember your dogs at Christmas. Here are some fun ways to include your dogs in your holiday plans.
Decorating. You may not want your dogs to actually decorate your home for Christmas but you do need to be mindful of them when you’re doing your decorating. If you’re putting up a tree you should hang any breakable ornaments up high so your dog will be less likely to knock it off. Be careful if you intend to hang any gingerbread or other edible ornaments on the tree. Your dog may be inclined to eat them, knocking over the tree in the process. As a matter of fact, dogs have been known to knock over trees so, if possible, put your tree in a corner or use a sturdy tree stand so it will be less likely to tumble over if your dog crashes into it.
Holiday parties and get-togethers. Many of you may be planning holiday gatherings during this Christmas season. If so, then consider your dog. While some dogs are the life of the party, it’s usually a good idea to make your dog comfortable in a quiet room for the evening with some safe toys and chews. Perhaps turn the TV on for him or play some music. This is particularly true if you’re expecting a lot of people. Many dogs can become anxious when there are a lot of people in their home and they may go looking for a place to hide anyway. Keeping your dog safely in a room of his own for the evening may also make some of your guests feel better. Not everyone is a dog lover and some people are afraid of dogs.
Visiting. It’s fun to go places with your dog but you should only take your dog with you to someone’s home if your dog has good manners. And, be sure to ask first before taking your dog to someone’s home. It’s really very rude to just show up at someone’s house with your dog without any warning! If they don’t have pets, that may be because they don’t particularly like dogs. And, if they do have cats or dogs, they may not welcome a strange dog into their home. So, always ask first before your take your dog with you to someone’s home.
Holiday baking. Lots of people love to cook and bake for the holidays. When you’re making that Christmas feast, don’t forget your dog! That’s the perfect time to pull out all the stops and make some delicious dog cookies and treats for your dog. Even if you’re not a good cook, your dog won’t mind. He’ll probably love anything you make.
Besides these tips, there are some other things you can do with your dog to get in the holiday spirit. How about having a Christmas photo made with your dog looking his best? You can use the timer on your camera, or have a friend take a picture of you with your dog in front of your tree, for example. It would make a beautiful Christmas card or e-card. Or, perhaps you can take your dog to visit Santa? Let your dog tell the jolly old elf all the things he’d like for Christmas! Pet stores sometimes have Santas visiting and taking pictures with dogs to raise funds for rescue dogs.
And, of course, at this time of year when your dog may be meeting so many of your friends, be sure to have him looking his best. Bathing and grooming are definitely a must! Check your dog’s ears, trim his nails, and brush his teeth, too. Perhaps a full spa treatment is in order?
Whatever you and your dog do for Christmas, we hope you have a wonderful holiday season. And, Happy Christmas to you!