Whether you celebrate Christmas or not, the holiday period is greatly appreciated and celebrated in the UK (just take a look at our adverts!). It can be a great time for dogs too as everyone is home and ready to play, sometimes they even get gifts! In this post we suggest things that you can do to give your dog a fantastic festive holiday.
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Buy them a gift
During lockdown we tried out lots of toys (I’m sure that you got bored too). Sash isn’t really interested in toys to play by herself as she mainly wants our attention and some social play. Her favourite toys are not actually dog toys but children’s teddy bears. She cuddles them for while and soon starts playing tug of war, finally tearing them apart. As these teddys give her some job when she’s by herself, we invested in some proper dog toys.
Take them for a walk
This one is pretty obvious but spend some significant time with your dog outside. Plan the walks that you’ve always wanted to do and visit the places that you’ve always wanted to. Explore your local countryside with your family and dog.
Play a game
Games are a great way to train, or reinforce training, and just have good fun! Here are some great resources:
- 10 Fun Games to Play With Your Dog – Puppy Leaks
- 22 Best Games to Play With Your Dog: From Learning to Sports! (k9ofmine.com)
- 14 Games to Play With Your Dog: Game Time Fun & Happiness Ahead! – Happy-Go-Doodle® (happygodoodle.com)
- Games for Senior Dogs: 7 Fun Ways to Get Your Older Dog Moving – Petful
- Top Fun Games For your Old Dogs To Preventing Boredom
- Games for Older Dogs (sarahwilsondogexpert.com)
For an extra good feeling, why not support a local dog charity or shelter, or for that matter any charity, by buying your Christmas gifts from them. You can even send gifts to animals in shelters – take a look at your chosen charity’s Christmas gift wish list to find something meaningful.
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