Now that it’s officially December I think it’s a totally acceptable time talk Christmas, right? The tree is up, the house is decorated, the presents are stashed and I have four very excited children just counting down the days. Not one to leave out our dog, Oscar, I thought I would share with you my top twelve tips for getting your dog ready for the holiday season. After all, dogs love Christmas too!!
1. Treat your dog to a Christmas stocking! You can either buy one ready made from most pet stores, or create one yourself including all of their favourite treats and toys.
2. Accustom your dog to the tree, before it goes up! Dogs can find it quite daunting to suddenly find a tree in their house so it’s always a good idea to allow them to see you bringing in the tree if it’s a real one, or building it if it’s artificial. We always have Oscar in the room when we are decorating the tree so he can see what we are doing and doesn’t feel overwhelmed by this six foot monstrosity which has taken over his favourite spot in the lounge!
3. Involve your dog in the Christmas countdown with their very own advent calendar. Most stores have pet advent calendars now where each day hides a different treat. Make sure you store it where they can’t reach it in case they get a little peckish when you aren’t home!
4. Buy a special Christmas dog bowl so that your pet can join you for Christmas dinner. In just the same way that we use special crockery for Christmas, we always make sure that Oscar has a new festive bowl.
5. Make sure that you buy dog chocolate for your pet as real chocolate is highly dangerous if consumed by a dog. There are so many different chocolate options for dogs now so they really don’t have to miss out!
6. Treat your dog to a spot of dog grooming so that they are feeling fresh and clean for Christmas! Oscar loves having a good old pamper session, especially when it comes to a blow-dry!
7. There can be a lot of fireworks around through the holiday season which can be upsetting to some dogs. Try not to leave your dog alone if you know of any planned firework displays if this is the case
8. Find the perfect Christmas outfit for your pet! This time of year even dogs can get cold so what better time to treat them to a festive dog coat or a cute novelty outfit!
9. Buy your dog a new dog bed ready for a good nights sleep on Christmas Eve.
10. If you’re going to be having guests to stay over Christmas make sure that your dog has somewhere quiet and calm to retreat to, perhaps moving their bed or food out of the main entertaining area into a quieter utility room.
11. Take your dog on an extra long walk on Christmas eve to tire them out as you may not get the opportunity on Christmas Day.
12. Tip off your dog about a night time intruder so that he doesn’t bark and give the game away!!
** This post is a collaboration with Pedigree, but all thoughts are my own. For additional dental care information you can read the following Pedigree Reviews article for tips and advice. **