How to make your dog a Christmas dog!
Many times during the busy holiday seasons, our pets are the ones that get pushed to the side and neglected. Here are a few tips to take your sad pup from the shadows and make him the Christmas dog that he always wanted to be.
1. Start by including him in your family Christmas card photo.
He might seem uneasy with the poses, your baby crying, and the camera light flashing at him, but the attention and the opportunity to be with you is reward in itself for your Christmas dog.
2. Buy him something special to open up Christmas morning.
A special toy or some tasty treats will do just fine. By giving him his own Christmas dog gift, he will know he is an important part of the family.
3. Include him in part of the mayhem!
He recognizes that this is not a normal day. The wrapping paper everywhere and all the noise and people can be a lot for him to handle. Although you don't want to stress him out and expose him to the whole holiday, you can bring him out and let him romp through the rubble and meet the extended family.
4. Give him a quiet place to get away.
The hustle and bustle of the holidays can be grating on you and trust me, it is for your Christmas dog too. Make sure he has a quiet place to escape to (just like the one you occasionally wish you had). This will keep him from getting too stressed out and will allow him to get the rest he needs.
5. Falling food from Heaven. (your relatives/children)
Watch out for Uncle Bob or PaPa giving your dog scraps under the table. Although your dog will love it, if his stomach is not used to people food, you might have a mess to clean up and your Christmas dog will feel pretty lousy.
6. No eating the tinsel, please.
If your dog is free to roam about the house during the Christmas festivities, keep an eye on his destructive tendencies. If you have a dog that likes to taste test every new thing he comes across, keep ribbons and tinsel out of reach. These items can wrap themselves around your Christmas dog's intestines and can cause death. The last thing you need is a trip to the emergency vet to round out your Christmas spending.
7. Christmas Dog Boarding.
Finally, if you are boarding your dog, why not give him a Christmas gift for the road before you drop him off. This will remind him of you and help keep him occupied until you return.
"Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind"; and, "Love your neighbor as yourself."