Christmas preparations are in full swing but have you been thinking about your dog’s Christmas in all that rush? We bring you some ideas how you can make your four-legged best friend happy during this holiday.
First of all, we should think about our dog’s safety. Christmas can be very hectic. We are busy looking for the right gifts, cleaning and decorating the home. Your dog is used to some regular activities and during Christmas it all changes. This change of routine and also a higher number of people coming for a visit can be very stressful to your dog. Keep an eye on him and watch him for any sign of nervosity or anxiety. One of the biggest dangers during this holiday present the decorations. Especially Christmas tree with its decorations and lights can catch your dog’s attention and usually it is hard to prevent a dog from getting closer. Candles and plants like mistletoe and the poinsettia are very harmful and should be kept out of your dog’s reach.
Dog Christmas cookies
For sure, cookies are an essential part of Christmas for humans, and there is no reason why your dog shouldn’t enjoy them in this amazing time of the year too. It is always difficult not to give a cookie or other human food to a dog who is looking at you with those begging eyes. Especially visitors coming during the holiday will be tempted to give something to your dog. In this case, it is a great idea to have some dog-friendly treats prepared. Here you can see a basic recipe from positively.com. It is very easy to make. You will need only flour, baking powder, peanut butter, hot water and you can add whatever your dog likes (honey, cinnamon). If you put them into a decorative pack, it will be a perfect gift you can bring to a friend who has a dog.
Presents for you and your dog
The most common presents for dogs are definitely toys. If your dog is already bored with classic dog toys you should look for something more sophisticated. There are many toys that will keep your dog’s attention for a longer time. These toys are made from various durable materials with parts that move in an unusual way. Some of them can be even stuffed with dog treats so that your dog can spend a good time getting them out. But be careful, sometimes the material and design of a toy can cause annoying noises while the dog is playing with it. Also, toys that make sounds can be fun for your dog but not for you. One of the most popular toys or games is the dog puzzle. This interactive game contains little drawers that can be stuffed with treats as a reward. The dog has to open the drawer by removing a bone that serves as a locker.
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And for sure you should think about presents that you both will enjoy. We did some research for you and came across this amazing idea from the architect Paul Kweton (his page). It is called Rocking-2-gether Chair and with this chair you can enjoy your free time close to your dog. Pets love swinging as well as humans!
And for the time when you can’t be with your dog, use our Dog Monitor app. It will be an amazing present for both of you, and your dog will always be one bark away. 🙂