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Are you preparing for the most wonderful time of the year? Then don’t leave your furry friend out of the festivities! This season is packed full of parties, shopping sprees and visits to loved ones, which can mean we devote less time to our pets than usual. If you want to fill your pooch with joy this Christmas, check out these top tips.
What do dogs love more than an outdoor adventure? During December, take your pooch on long walks in the countryside and breath in the crisp winter air. You could try somewhere new that you’ve never been before, perhaps a local park, forest or reservoir.
Not only will this give your dog the daily exercise it needs, it’s also a great way to keep on top of your fitness and health during the holiday season. After all, walking is a great way to burn off those mince pies! Exercising your pooch will also help to tire him/her and mean they are more likely to rest and relax back at home, giving you more opportunity to entertain guests or simply kick your feet up on the sofa.
Don’t worry, it’s not what you’re thinking. The suggestion isn’t to offer your dog a seat at the Christmas table (that would be carnage) but why not spoil them this year with a delicious, dog-friendly dinner? It’s a great way to get them involved in the festivities. Not only will their taste buds love it, you’ll love the fact that they are pre-occupied tucking into their own turkey treats. That way, they’ll be way less likely to jump up on the counter and steal a pig in blanket or two…
There are lots of doggy dinners available depending on your budget. A great wallet-friendly option is the dog’s turkey dinner from Sainsbury’s at just £1 for a big tray. It comes complete with turkey, potatoes, carrots, peas and cranberries – your dog will devour it in no time!
Fill your dog with festive cheer this year with Christmas presents they’ll love. Our furry friends love new playthings, so why not treat them to a cuddly toy? If they are particularly active and needs lots of mental stimulation, you could get them a rope they can wrestle with, a ball they can play fetch with, or a puzzle game that will keep them occupied while you entertain.
Want something that will keep them snug and warm through winter? You could get them a waterproof dog coat that will protect them from the elements. And, to make sure they’re super cosy after their long winter walkies, buy a comfy new dog bed from a brand like Orvis that they can snuggle in beside the fire.
Of course, your pooch will appreciate the delicious dinner, winter walks and perfect presents you give. But in the end, the thing they want the most is to spend time with you. To give your dog the best Christmas yet, offer the attention and care they love. It will make sure you both have a magical, fun-filled festive season.