Christmas With Your Dog

It’s that time of year when we all get festive and want to enjoy ourselves over Christmas. There are office parties, kiddies parties and all sorts of wonderful events happening. Outside, we have Christmas Lights, Carol Singers and Christmas Markets. There is shopping to do and of course the buying of presents.

Christmas with your Dog

Just because we are going to be busy, busy, over the festive period it, doesn’t mean your furry friend should miss out. In fact, it’s his Christmas as much as yours, so you should be enjoying it together. I have therefore put together my top 10 tips on celebrating Christmas with your Dog.

Include Your Dog in Your Christmas Outings

Whether you are shopping in the Hight Street, or stomping through the fields looking for a real Christmas Tree, take your furry friend with you. Dogs love nothing more than being outside and being with you. When my wife and I are shopping in town we always take our little one’s with us. If shops do not allow Dogs, then you can take it in turns to stay outside. It really isn’t a sacrifice and your Dog will be far happier than being stuck at home waiting for your return.

Get Silly and Dress Them Up

It may not be everyone’s cup of tea but dressing your Dog up certainly brings a smile to most peoples faces. There are hundreds of outfits you can buy which will make cracking photos of your festive season. Below you will see a picture of my Nessa who unfortunately passed away a few years ago. This photo brings back so many happy memories which makes it completely worth it. I know she looks grumpy in the photo but she really was such a happy Dog.

Christmas with your Dog
Our Nessa full of Christmas Joy !!!

Always remember how to choose outfits for your Dog. Make sure they are a good fit and they don’t get stressed out wearing them. They should not be wearing it for too long anyway. For further info and fitting please check my previous article at  Do Dogs Need to Wear Coats and jumpers?

Christmas with your Dog

Go Christmas Caroling

If you are lucky enough to be able to go Christmas Caroling then when not take your best friend with you? Just think of the entertainment value !!! I’m sure my Hudson would love it, but little Nelly would be an absolute nightmare. Her yapping is enough to put any seasoned carol Singer in their place. However, she does sound better than me lol.

On the serious side, if you are out in colder climates in the evening don’t forget that its not only your warmth you need to think about but your Dogs too. The above link applies as well.

Bake Some Doggy Christmas Treats

There’s nothing better than a warm kitchen with the aroma of baked goodies. (Even if it is liver treats for your loved one’s ha-ha). It is much more fun baking your own treats than buying them off the shelf. However, if you haven’t the time then off the shelf will still keep your furry friend happy. At the end of the day it is Christmas and he deserves it.

Check out these great treats at amazon.co.uk 

Pre Christmas Run Around

If you are having visitors over or are going visiting then make sure your Christmas pooch has had plenty of exercise. After you have opened all your presents, and your furry friend has run amok in the hoards of wrapping paper, take him outside for some more Christmas mayhem. Play fetch or have a good run around. Your visitors will appreciate it more if he is relaxed, and not running around the house like a maniac because of the intrusion.

Sleep Time

It can be very exciting for your Dog on Christmas day. With all the hustle and bustle of opening presents, going for a run around, having visitors and skillfully begging scraps of Turkey, it can all be too overwhelming for him. Some Dogs can keep going all day, but many will need a place to have a lie down and a rest. If your house is full of people, make sure there is an area put aside with his food, water and bed, so that he can get away from it all and have a well deserved Christmas nap.

Buy Some Christmas Gifts For You Best Friend

If you are anything like us then you will spend more time with your furry friend than you do anyone else. Surely then they should receive gifts from us to show them we care !!! It takes a Dog takes quite some time to grow to love a person and to trust them 100%. Surely that should be celebrated. Anyway, since your last Christmas shopping spree I’m sure their toys are starting to look a bit rough round the edges or they have lost their squeak lol. Go on. TREAT Them.

Christmas with your Dog

Christmas Dangers

We all want to enjoy ourselves over Christmas but we must be aware of the dangers that are ever present. That last thing we need is our loved one to get hurt or injured over the festive period. Here is a guide to some dangers:

  • Christmas Dinner – I know it’s Christmas and our furry friends deserve a treat, but too much can seriously injure them. Remember, during the rest of the year your Dog is on quite a controlled diet. Whether it’s too many home baked, or bought treats, these can really upset their digestive system. If everyone is sat around the table is dropping Turkey tit bits then this over indulgence can really make them sick. Just use common sense and keep an eye on them AND your guests !!!!
  • Poisons – There is a vast array of food and drinks that can poison your Dog. These are certainly in abundance at Christmas time. For example: Chocolate, Raisins, Holly and Ivy in decorations, Alcohol, Batteries (God forbid your loved one swallows one), Unbaked bread dough, Coffee, Blue Cheese, Garlic chives and onion found in stuffing, and Macadamia nuts.
  • Snow Globes – Some imported versions can contain antifreeze. Deadly to Dogs, Cats and us.
  • Candles – Yes they are very pretty and make a nice and cosy atmosphere but can also be deadly. If you leave candles on in an unoccupied room your Dog could brush against them and knock them over. Also, if they are inquisitive they could burn their nose or burn their paws.
  • Fairy lights and Tinsel – Dogs are very curious, so be careful if they go anywhere near the Christmas decorations. A chew through the fairy lights will electrocute them, and a swallowed piece of tinsel can cause a serious blockage in your Dog’s stomach.

Conclusion

It is only a few weeks until Christmas, and most people are already making plans, and getting ready for the festive period. I hope you have enjoyed my article on how to enjoy Christmas with your Dog. Common sense goes a long way to helping your enjoy the festive season, and I hope none of the dangers I have mentioned raise their ugly heads and spoil your special time.

Now is also a great time for Shopping. Black Friday starts tomorrow at amazon.co.uk where you can but lots of great presents, not only for your furry best friend but for your family and friends too.

Please see below some best Christmas dog gifts I have sourced from amazon.co.uk.

Also, does anyone remember my Post regarding amazon.co.uk or amazon.com? Well if you do you will know you can save a fortune by checking out deals on both sites.

Therefore below we also have some amazon.com deals too to wet your appetite.

Alternatively why not take them away for a festive break care of booking.com. There are plenty of Christmas bargains to be had there too.

Some amazon.co.uk deals:

Some amazon.com deals:

Christmas with your Dog
Link to Booking.com Christmas Deals

 

I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and New Year, and as always please feel free to leave any tips or comments below.

David

 

8 Replies to “Christmas With Your Dog”

  1. Thanks for sharing these great ideas on how to safely include the dog(s) during the holidays. It’s really important to make sure to keep the dogs safe from the hazards that you mention as the wrong combo could be dangerous for your home and for the dog! I’d add that another thing is to be sure to not overwhelm the dogs — there will probably be a lot more activity than usual and they may get spooked easily.

    1. Thank You for your comments Aly. You are 100% right in saying we should not overwhelm our Dogs as this just adds to the wrong combo that could be dangerous for your Dog. Fingers crossed we all have a happy festive time with our loved ones. Unfortunately it’s the vets busiest time of year and that is through accidents and neglect. Let’s spread the word and make sure everyone, and every animal, has a safe time.

      All the Best

      David

  2. I absolutely love the picture with the dog in a Santa outfit! A huge attention grabber, also I love dogs (who doesn’t). The overall theme of this site is very upbeat and gives off a perfect holiday season vibe. Very appealing advertisements and great selection with the relevance of the products. The WA ad does seem a tad bit out of place, maybe you could implement it into another page that isn’t the home page! Amazing work overall and a very informative site! 

    1. Hi Kodie,

      Thanks for your comments. I am really pleased you like the theme and that it gives off a holiday season vibe. That was the plan so am happy with the result. Also pleased you like the festive adverts. I did have doubts on the WA theme so it has to go elsewhere. Thank you for confirming my fears.

      Have a great Christmas

      David

  3. Hi David

    As a dog lover I must say that you have come up with some of the best ways to celebrate Christmas with your canine friend. I really agree that , like us, it is not good to overindulge with too much food. It is no good to make your friend ill with too much love. I have got to admit I do not like dressing dogs up. They make look cute but I worry about if you are putting stress on your dog.

    The best part of Christmas is the pre-dinner walk with your dog, which increases your appetite. How do you stop a dog from playing with a Christmas tree.

    Thanks

    Antonio

    1. Hi Antonio, you are so right, over indulgence is not good for us and definitely not for our Dogs. The hardest thing I have found is our guests feeding our Dogs under the table. I once had a large gathering, with children, who kept giving our Hudson meat. He suffered so much the next day we had to take him to the vet who diagnosed tons of cooked meat. Not good, and a warning to all.

      As for the Christmas tree that’s a difficult one. Our Dogs are not used to it so they will obviously be curious. If they are well trained and they go near then a stern NO should do the job. If not, I suggest taking precautions like ensuring any light cables are out of their way, decorations are placed out of their reach, and make sure the tree is very secure and will not topple. Big one, don’t put edible presents under the tree ha ha.

      I hope that has helped.

      Good talking to you and I hope you have a fantastic Christmas.

      David

  4. It is pretty good look to see a dog dressed up with Christmas dresses it makes the dogs to have a different look from what they use to be and it add more beautiful colour to the celebration of the season when you look around you like the Christmas trees and the decoration of the houses as well as the dogs to in fine dresses, I will try one of your recommendations in terms of dog dresses on my dog this Christmas thanks for the review.

    1. Hi and thank you so much for your comment. It is the season to be jolly so why not dress up our happy dogs and have some fun. I hope you do try one of my recommendations and you and your dog have a wonderful Christmas. I would love to see people posting photos of their Dogs dressed up.

      All the best

      David

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