The holidays are a time for family. They are a time to give gifts, enjoy great food, and spend time with those who mean the most to you. And that obviously means your dog.
And why wouldn’t it? After all, your love for your dog is bound to be one of the strongest and most rewarding relationships in your life. Dogs give us love, joy, loyalty, and compassion, all without asking for anything in return. (OK, well, maybe some kibble and a treat or two in return, but really, that’s probably the easiest thing on your holiday shopping list).
Here are a few reasons why dog lovers share the holidays with their dogs, along with a few gift ideas for Good Dogs who have been extra good this year.
Take a Holiday Picture with Your Pooch
Holiday cards are a time-honored tradition where you and your family get together to take a photo that’s nice, heartwarming, funny, and cringeworthy – possibly all at once. Including your four-legged friend in the family picture for your holiday card can be a great way of showing your love for your four-legged friend. It also gives you an excuse to stick them in some snuggly Santa hats or reindeer antlers – but really, do you need an extra excuse to do that? If there’s any way your dog could be cuter it’s with a little Santa or elf hat come Christmastime.
Part of the fun of celebrating the holidays with your dog comes with that interplay of understanding. There is something inherently silly and loveable about putting pets in human situations. You understand the meaning behind that Santa hat, but they don’t, and that innocence is absolutely adorable.
It’s a heartwarming, wholesome moment – and isn’t that what the holidays are all about?
Give the Gift of Seasonal Treats
Who doesn’t like a holiday feast? Once the calendar turns to December, ‘tis the season to chow down on everything from candy canes to Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa feasts. Your dog may not understand the meaning of Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or any other holiday – but they definitely understand the meaning of the word “treat!”
To share a meal with someone is to forge a bond with them. There is an implicit level of trust that’s shared between people having a meal together. Think of all the feelings that come from sharing a holiday meal with your family. If you’re a dog lover, you have those same feelings when feeding your dog come dinnertime – because they are part of the family, and deserve a seat at the table (or the foot of it, anyway) for holiday dinners.
Your dog may not be ready to chow down on some cranberry bread, latkes, or fruitcakes, but there are still plenty of other holiday goodies you can give them as a treat. For those looking to give their dog some treats with a holiday twist, there are rawhide candy cane treats which are both festive as well as beneficial, as they promote good oral hygiene. If you want to give them their own taste of Christmas dinner, try Christmas treats made from real sweet potato and turkey. Your dog may not be able to enjoy pumpkin pie with the rest of the family, but they can enjoy their own little Christmas day dessert with Pumpkin granola snowflake treats.
Decorate Their Surroundings
Your dog may not win a “Lights and Display Contest” like Snoopy, but there’s nothing stopping you from sprucing up their area of the house with a few dog-safe lights, stockings, and other decorations. This can make for some amazing holiday pictures to share with friends on social media (the natural, inevitable destination for all cute pet pics).
Give Doggie Holiday Gifts
We don’t give gifts for short-sighted gain, but rather to show those we love that we care – and that goes for your furry friend as well.
Your dog may not know it’s the holidays, but you do, and want to show your dog how much you care for them with cute, fuzzy, fun holiday-themed stocking stuffers and toys for dogs. There are many fantastic holiday-themed dog toys to take into consideration, from Santa and elf-themed sock monkeys to Hanukkah loofas to rope candy canes and much more.
Dress Them Up
This is truly the apex of holiday-themed doggie cuteness. Dressing your dog up can be a great way of giving them a bit of extra warmth during the winter months. But let’s be honest – the real reason we’re so excited about holiday-themed dog dress-up ideas is because they’re absolutely adorable!
We’ve already touched on staples such as Santa hats and reindeer antlers. Santa suits and holiday sweaters are two more great ways of getting your dog into the holiday spirit while making them look just too “doggone” cute!
The holidays are a time for family, so be sure to show the furriest member of your family some love this holiday season!