The holiday season is special and full of life.
You are going to bring out the Christmas presents, host Christmas parties, and just have a wonderful time with your loved ones.
However, have you taken the time to plan the holiday season so your dog has a fun time too?!
As dog owners, it’s important to plan and make sure your dog feels secure during this time and has a blast!
Let’s take a look at what you can do with a few tips on how to improve your dog’s Christmas.
Key Tips To Improve Your Dog’s Christmas
1. Keep A ‘Quiet’ Space Accessible During Parties
When you are having a good time drinking, eating, and playing games, your dog might not be having a good time.
This happens a lot.
We noticed some dogs are going to get anxious with the sudden change in their surroundings and it should not be expected for them to like it.
This does not mean you need to avoid hosting a party. It’s more about accommodating an anxious dog in case they don’t like their environment.
Even loud noises or yelling guests are enough to scare the dog. If they have nowhere to go, they are going to feel cornered.
Our recommendation is to create a quiet space in the house for the dog. This is a space they can go to. It could be a room or a crate.
It is up to you.
You can also put out chew toys for the dog to relax with. As long as they have this option, they will feel safer.
2. Interact With Your Dog
Don’t forget about your dog!
This happens a lot when you are busy with loved ones. If your dog wants to interact with you, it’s nice to be able to maintain positive communication with them during this period.
They should also feel the holiday spirit.
Just giving them a quick rub or a pat is going to go a long way. Take 5-10 minutes and let them know you are not ignoring them.
Secure The Christmas Tree
This is one of those mistakes you are not going to want to make.
We have seen dog owners make mistakes such as these and it’s not appealing at all. You are going to want to make sure you are not securing a Christmas tree in a manner where it falls over as soon as the dog engages with it.
We would look to tie it down and make sure to only use safe decorations.
Don’t use sharp things as this will harm the dog if they take a swipe at it.
Get Your Dog A Present Or Two
There is nothing wrong with getting your dog a present!
They also deserve to celebrate this beautiful time of the year and it’s nice to give them a gift or two.
A lot of dogs are going to have a great time ripping into their present and opening it to see what’s inside. They are almost like children when it comes to that natural glee that comes with a new present.
Take advantage of this and let them have a present.
Of course, you should hide the other presents or they might start opening those too!
7. Prepare A Special Meal For Your Dog
Have you been preparing a feast for your Christmas party?
Why not take the time to prepare a side dish for your dog too?
Each dog is going to be different, so we are not going to suggest what type of food is best. This is going to be up to you. It’s nice to mix things up and give the dog a small treat on this day.
They are going to love it and this is also going to fill them with positivity during the festive season. It’s nice to be able to do this and we do recommend it from time to time. This is a great time of the year to do it.
Of course, when you are having a party, you also have to make sure not to leave the food out or your dog is going to be quite eager to grab a bite of that too.
Be Prepared For The Fireworks
This is the time of the year when loud noises are common.
It’s not just New Year’s but also Christmas season.
You are going to hear people popping fireworks and this seems like fun to humans but is not so appealing to dogs. They are going to get anxious and scared of the loud noises that are happening around them.
We would not recommend popping fireworks because this is going to alarm your dog. They are going to get anxious and/or feisty.
If you are going to do this, you will want to give them a safe spot and make sure they can get away from the fireworks as best as possible.
These are the things we would recommend dog owners do when it’s time to celebrate the holiday season with their best friend.
Don’t just leave the fun stuff for the humans.
Your dog also loves a bit of the love to make them feel special too.