Do you have favorite holiday traditions you celebrate with your dogs? Many of us do. Dogs are part of our families and many families include their dogs in their holiday festivities and in some cases, their dogs are an integral part of the events.
We would like to share some holiday traditions with you and even learn about some of your traditions so that we can share with other dog lovers.
Here are some of our favorite holiday traditions to share with dogs:
1.Pick Out a Tree Together. There are tree farms that allow you to walk around and tag your tree. How about doing it with your dog? What a wonderful tradition!
2.Holiday Paw-di-cure. How about a holiday pedicure for your pooch? You can be creative and paint the nails alternatively red and green just for fun.
3.Pet Parade. Some towns or pet stores sponsor a dog event – even a dog parade. Dress up your dog in his favorite bandana or Santa cap and take part.
4.Hang a Dog Stocking. Why not? If you have a stocking – your dog should too. Many of the dog lovers I know have stockings for each of their dogs.
5.Go See Santa. How about a photo of your dogs or you and your dogs with Santa? This also makes a great holiday card.
6.Blessing of the Animals. Check your local paper or pet store bulletin board to find out if there is a local event in your area.
7.Make Some Dog Treats. Make some healthy homemade dog treats and allow your dog to be the helper and master sampler. Make extra for your dogs friend or your friend’s dogs. Go to: Holiday Treats and Healthy Dog Treats for recipes.
8.Quiet Time. Spend a little quiet time with your dog. Even an evening when you decorate the tree or just listen to some holiday music is often a welcome time for you and your dog.
9.Holiday Walk. Go for a stroll and enjoy some of the winter views and lights.
10.Bandana. Some dogs like to be dressed and others don’t but most will tolerate a simple holiday bandana. How about dressing your dog up with a special holiday-themed bandana. They are easy to make – Go to Instructions for a Dog Bandana to make your own.
11.Plan Something Special From Your Dog. A very sweet tradition for many pet owners is to do something nice for people that are nice to your dog. That may be send a special card or buy a small gift “from” the dogs.
12.A Little Eggnog. Maybe you can enjoy some wonderful holiday eggnog and you can treat your dog to some dog-approved ice cream. There are different manufactures of products such as “Tasty Paws”.
And don’t forget to put a little something from Santa for your dog under the tree or in his stocking.