If you’re anything like us, you will love this time of year. There’s nothing better than getting in the Christmas spirit by watching holiday movies, eating festive treats and preparing for Christmas Day with present wrapping and writing cards. But you might be wondering how you can get your pets involved with Christmas. Our dogs and cats are just as much a part of the family as our human relatives, so it’s important to keep them involved too. Here we suggest some fun things to do with your pets at Christmas.
Go For A Festive Dog Walk
Going outside for a walk might sound like something you do all the time, but there’s no reason you can’t mix things up a little during the festive period and put a Christmassy spin on your dog walks. You could try a different route to your usual one and see how many Christmas decorations and lights you can see. Or why not take a trip to the woods and see if you can find any pine cones - great for making your own Christmas decorations. Your dog will enjoy the adventure and it’ll be fun to see what you can find to add to your table centrepiece or wreath!
Take Christmas Pictures of your Pets
The festive season is a great time for making memories and for keeping them on film. Why not get your dog dressed up in a novelty jumper and bring your cat over for a cuddle too, then take some family photos together. They could be silly snaps or more formal ones, but whatever the set-up, have fun! They could make a great little addition to Christmas cards - why not take them on an instant camera if you have one and pop them inside the cards you send to relatives and friends. A really easy way to send something personal this Christmas.
Have a Movie Night in on The Sofa
One thing we love to do with our pets is just chill out on the sofa. When it’s cold outside, there’s nothing better than curling up on the sofa with a hot chocolate and your pets by your side whilst you all watch a Christmas movie together. We talked about some of our favourite dog themed Christmas movies in a previous blog post; the perfect read for some festive film inspiration. We’d suggest getting some Christmas treats together - that means doggy popcorn and biscuits for the fur babies and a bottle of something bubbly for you! - and snuggling under a blanket for the perfect night in.
Buy Them Some Christmas Presents
This is probably a given for most pet parents, but if you haven’t already considered it, think about buying your cat or dog some presents. It’s a tradition in most households to buy loved ones a gift at Christmas, so why not include your pets in the list and wrap them a present or two as well. You can include them in the gift opening on Christmas morning - they won’t only love the gift inside the paper, but will probably enjoy the fun of trying to unwrap it too!
Give Them a Christmas Themed Dinner
Christmas dinner is an integral part of the holiday season. Spending quality time with loved ones around the dinner table is one of the things we look forward to the most. Whilst your pets shouldn’t really eat our human food, we stock a number of Christmas foods that are made especially for your pet, so they can share in the festivities on Christmas Day. There are some rather fancy Christmas themed treats that you can give them if they’ve been especially good this year!
Make Some Homemade Pet Treats
Whilst we have a huge variety of Christmas treats for pets in our shop that are suitable to be served straight from the packet, you could also make some fresh pet treats of your own. There are a number of places to find recipes for Homemade Christmas Pet Treats online, so you can bake them something extra special. We rather like the look of the Peanut butter Biscuit Dog treats by The Cookie Rookie. Whichever recipe you decide to try, we’d suggest buying some Christmas shaped cookie cutters and making the treats look extra festive!
Have an Indoor Christmas Playdate
Playtimes can easily be scuppered by winter weather but that shouldn’t mean that playtime should be stopped altogether. Why not bring the fun indoors and concoct some indoor activities for your pets. You could have some interactive fun with some stuff-able toys - pop some dog or cat treats inside their favourite toy and watch them have fun digging them out. We have a whole Elves’ Workshop full of Christmas goodies for cats and dogs which will add a festive twist to your pet’s toy box.
Whatever you choose to do this year, we hope you have fun. This year has been a tough time for everyone and we hope you all manage to make Christmas as special as possible.