Christmas is a time for giving, and who deserves a special day more than your precious pup? It might not be the easiest thing to get a gift for your Christmas dog, but shopping for them does not have to be a chore either. There are a number of creative ways you can include your pooch in the holiday festivities, from gifts to a special dinner to some Christmas-time activities. If you want to give your dog a very merry Christmas this year, just read on.
Share the Joy of Gifts
Pretty much the cornerstone of the holiday, the giving and receiving of presents is a large part of what defines Christmas -- don’t leave your dog out of all the fun! There are plenty of gifts you can get for your dog, from a new bed to toys to something handmade like an adorable puppy sweater.
If you are so inclined (and why not?), a stocking for your pooch is another great way to pamper your pup this Christmas. Check out our article on constructing your very own pet stocking and give your dog the full Christmas gift experience.
Don’t Forget the Doggie Dinner Table
Another big part of any celebration, food takes center stage at Christmas. Whether you are carving up a turkey, ham, or a vegetarian option, it can be a nice change of pace for your dog if you give them a little something special to snack on. First, make sure you know what foods are dangerous to dogs. After you rule out the no-no foods, make your mutt a tiny plate. Why tiny? Because you should also serve them their regular dog food today, so their stomachs stay “regular.” Changing the feeding routine and loading your dog up with rich meats and sweet potatoes is likely to end in upset stomachs and messes.
Get Them into the Christmas Spirit
While it may get forgotten from time to time, Christmas is about more than just presents and good food -- it is a time for spreading joy during an otherwise dark time of year. If you are a family that takes part in festivities like caroling or helping out at a shelter, bringing your dog along for the trip is like putting a little furry cherry on top of your joyous sundae.
If you are more of a stay-in family, try to include your pooch in your relaxation. Give them a good, long petting, and maybe a couple extra treats -- anything to mark the occasion. Just don’t overdo it on the treats -- Santa doesn’t need any competition on the cookie eating front.
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