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Holiday Fun Ideas for You and Your Dog

by Coach Lilly

Happy Holidays from DoggieNation.com!

December is a time of cold weather and warm hearts. Luckily, there are a lot of ways to share this special holiday spirit with our pets. Here are some of our ideas on how to celebrate a healthy and fun holiday this year with your dog.

  1. When you are making your holiday gift list, don’t forget your dog!

Check out some of our ideas in our post “A Dog’s Holiday Wish List” on the DoggieNation blog. And while you are out shopping for a gift for your dog, it would be a wonderful thing to pick up some extra toys and treats to donate to your local animal shelter. This way you can help other dogs have an amazing holiday too!

  1. Bundle up and take your family and your dog on a walk to look at holiday light displays.

When it’s dark and cold outside, many homes and neighborhoods put up their most festive decorations to light the night. Make sure everyone in your family is dressed warmly (including your dog!) and take your dog for a walk around the neighborhood to look at the lights. Many towns and cities have large holiday trees in public parks and squares that are beautiful to admire. Find out where the trees and best-decorated houses and shops are in your town and go for a stroll.

  1. Take care of your dog if you are traveling for the holidays.

The holidays are a time when many people travel to visit family and friends. If you are traveling for the holidays, you have a few options when it comes to caring for your dog.

  • Take your dog with you. If you do, you should make sure that you have a secure padded crate for transportation, as well as a collar, license, and leash for your dog. Bring extra food and water for the journey.
  • Leave your dog in the care of a pet sitter. You may choose to leave your dog at home so he can stay in a familiar environment where he is comfortable. If you do, leave someone responsible in charge of looking after your dog while you are away. This person should make sure that your dog has food, water, and shelter from the elements. You may also decide that leaving your dog at the home of the pet sitter is the best choice for all of you.
  • Leave your dog at a kennel. If you go this route, do your research to determine if the kennel or pet hotel you are considering is a good fit for your dog. You will want to find answer to questions like how many exercise and toilet breaks your dog will have, and whether there will be socializing with other dogs. When making your decision, you should feel confident that you are leaving your pet in good hands.

What holiday fun ideas do you have to celebrate the season with your dog and your family? Share more ideas in the comments below.

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