The end of the year is approaching. Just like 2020, the year 2021 wasn’t easy. People returned to the office after months of working from home and for many it meant spending a lot less time with their pet.
But let’s look on the bright side! The end of the year celebrations are a festive time and you often want to include your dog. They are indeed an excellent opportunity to strengthen the bond that unites us to our canine companion. A few weeks before the end of the year’s celebrations, why not recreate this little cocoon you were in with your animal? Here are 4 ideas to celebrate Christmas with your dog.
Idea N° 1: Go for beautiful winter walks with your furry friend
Walking your dog is the perfect opportunity to spend a special moment with your pet. Be careful though, walking with your animal in winter requires a little organisation and anticipation.
If your dog is having a hard time coping with the cold, you can shorten his walks. To let him roam around and enjoy the outdoors, you can multiply the outings.
Another option: you can put a coat on your dog so that he gets the most out of his walks. Clothing that may seem old-fashioned but will be very useful especially if you have a small short-haired dog, a puppy, a sick or elderly dog.
Before leaving your home, remember to protect your dog’s paw pads. Even if you are going to have a good time together, the frozen asphalt can cause burns. A balm or protective shoes may be the best way to preserve his paws.
If there is snow, do not let your animal eat it during his walks. It may be funny for him, but snow can have consequences on his health. It would be a shame to take your pet to the vet for an upset stomach on Christmas Eve.
After a walk, don't forget to dry your dog with a towel. If his hair stays wet, he could catch a cold.
Idea N°2: Get him an advent calendar
If you want to make your dog happy, why not make or give him an advent calendar? Like you, your pet will appreciate this little attention that will make him wait until D-Day.
If you have the time, you could make your dog a homemade advent calendar. You could get a little house with 24 compartments and put treats inside them or toys or even some vouchers for a massage, a long walk, a sledding activity for example. Let your creativity speak!
Idea N°3: Prepare a gift for your dog to put under the Christmas tree
Father Christmas won’t be forgetting our pets! In 2019, Wamiz asked Brits who own a dog or a cat what if they would get a present for their dog for Christmas and 83% of British owners confirmed that they wanted to buy something for their dog. But what could Father Christmas bring to your pet? Well here are a few ideas you could put on your dog’s Christmas list:
- Their favourite treat
- A brand new toy
- A homemade meal
- A new winter coat
- A spa day
- A fun activity
- A big bone
- A new bed
- A new blanket
Idea N°4: Spend a maximum of time with your dog
The end of the year celebrations will allow you to meet up with your family but also to spend time with your pet.
After 18 months of living 24/7 with your dog, returning to the office could have been complicated for both of you. You have had to get used to commuting between home and work again, while your pet has had to relearn how to be alone all day long. Taking time off work for the holidays is a great way to spend more time with your pet and once again for your special bubble with your dog.