Author: Natalie Szymiczek
The festive season is upon us, and it's the perfect time to celebrate the joy of the holidays with your furry friend. After all, the holiday season is all about enjoying quality time with the people (and pets) you love! From twinkling lights to cozy gatherings, you and your dog can enjoy a sleigh-full of merry activities together this holiday season.
We’re going to share some dog-friendly holiday activities that will get those tails wagging and bring a whole lot of cheer to your season. Whether you're looking to explore wintry trails, create homemade treats, or simply snuggle up by the fireplace, these activities are bound to make this holiday season a memorable one for both you and your furry friend.
Get the Perfect Holiday Photo With Your Dog
If you’re looking to get that perfect holiday photo for the ‘gram, use these tips and tricks to convince your dog to sit pretty. We know, it’s easier said than done!
- Exercise First: Take your dog on a long walk or let them run around outside before posing for the photo. Tired dogs are more likely to sit still!
- Make Your Own Tripod: If you don’t own a tripod, you can easily make one to prop your phone up on. Use books, a table, or anything sturdy to position your phone perfectly.
- Use the Timer: Access the timer mode in your phone's camera settings. Switch to selfie mode, then dash into position. Plus, enjoy the freedom of unlimited retakes for that perfect shot!
- Coordinate Outfits: What's your style vibe - matching pajamas or a rugged outdoor ensemble? Whatever you choose, prioritize your pup's comfort; it'll help them stay calm for the photo session!
- Capture Their Attention: This can be tricky. Enlist a friend to help by calling your dog's name or holding a toy near the camera. If you're taking a selfie, entice your pup by placing a treat on or near your phone, then use the "Stay" command. Having a family member hold them can also aid in the photo process!
Winter Hikes and Holiday Lights
Embrace the wintry wonderland by taking your dog on a breathtaking winter hike. There’s nothing more invigorating than a brisk winter walk! Some breeds are more accustomed to cold weather, while smaller breeds may need some protective gear or booties to keep them warm. Consider their breed and health before venturing out.
Another option is to enjoy a neighborhood walk to see all of the houses decorated with lights. These walks are great for both you and your pup!
Bake Dog-Friendly Holiday Cookies
Whoever said holiday cookies were just for people??? Don’t leave your furry friend out of the fun, bake them some holiday cookies too! Explore simple recipes using pup-approved ingredients like peanut butter, pumpkin, or applesauce. Skip the sugar and opt for honey or unsweetened ingredients safe for dogs. Roll out the dough and use festive cookie cutters for holiday-themed treats.
Support Dogs In Need
There are plenty of ways to give back to the dog community this holiday season. Look up your local pet shelter or rescue organization, and see how you can help. While monetary donations are always needed, many shelters offer other ways you can give back, such as volunteering your time, fostering a dog in need, or donating essential supplies like blankets, toys, or food. Your contributions, big or small, play an important role in creating a warmer, more loving environment for these animals awaiting their forever homes.
Hang A Stocking For Your Dog
Add an extra dash of holiday cheer by hanging a personalized stocking just for your beloved pup! Create a special stocking adorned with their name or paw prints, making it a delightful addition to your festive decor. Fill it with healthy treats and toys to pamper your furry friend throughout the season.
Play Hide And Seek With Treats In the Snow
Do you live in an area that gets blanketed with snow every winter? Embrace the snow with your dog! Engage in a playful round of hide and seek by tucking a treat or chew beneath the snow. For beginners, leave part of the treat visible. Gradually increase the challenge by burying it deeper, letting those keen noses do the finding!
Visit an Indoor Dog Park
If your dog isn’t a fan of the cold weather, consider visiting an indoor dog park. These indoor havens offer a perfect escape from chilly temperatures while still providing ample space for your dog to socialize, exercise, and burn off energy. Check local listings for dog-friendly indoor spaces or designated play areas to ensure your furry friend stays active and engaged, regardless of the weather outside.
If you’re an action-seeker and you have a large dog, skijoring may just be your new favorite activity! Skijoring is a thrilling activity that blends skiing with dog sledding, offering a unique adventure for active dogs and their owners. With your pup harnessed and you on skis, glide across snowy trails together, enjoying a dynamic bonding experience that combines exercise, teamwork, and snowy exhilaration.
Cozy In For a Movie Night
Embrace the holiday spirit with your furry friend by snuggling up for a cozy movie night. Create a snug space with blankets and pillows, pick dog-friendly films (Check out “Santa Buddies” or “The Dog Who Saved Christmas”), and indulge in treats. Enjoy quality time together, making it a pawfect night in for cherished moments and relaxation.
Attend a Dog-Friendly Event
Explore local dog-friendly events or holiday markets welcoming furry companions. From pet parades to Santa photos, these events offer festive fun for both you and your dog. Check community calendars for pup-centric happenings, allowing you to immerse yourselves in seasonal joy alongside fellow pet enthusiasts. No matter how you choose to spend this holiday season with your pet, cherish the moments together and revel in the joy of companionship. Whether adventuring outdoors, cozying up indoors, or giving back to those in need, the warmth and love you share with your dog make every holiday moment truly special. Embrace the magic of the season, tail wags and all!
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