Christmas, or the holiday season, is a wonderful time of year. It’s a chance to spend meaningful moments with the people (and furry friends) you love. One of the best ways to show your family, including your precious pup, how much you care, is by showering them with gifts.
The only problem is, after a while, it can be difficult to figure out what you can get your furry pal, without resorting to spending a fortune on edible goodies and new toys.
If you’re looking to treat your dog this Christmas without spending a fortune, or you’d like to provide a more practical gift than yet another pile of new tennis balls, we’ve got you covered. Here are some quick, affordable, and impressive ways to treat your dog this Christmas.
1. Pamper Them
If you’re looking for a fun way to give your pooch a delightful treat this Christmas, how about giving them a fantastic pamper session? Just like you appreciate looking your best during the holidays, with endless parties and gatherings to attend, your dog likes looking great too.
A pamper session, complete with a bath, trim, and even a little nail clipping will get your dog looking and smelling fresh. Look for a nice shampoo and conditioner made for your dog’s coat to make them feel extra special. If you’re feeling really fancy, you can even look into booking a day at a groomers. After you’ve gotten your pooch all clean and dry – perhaps on the night before Christmas, why not make them feel extra special with their own mini dressing gown. They’ll be feeling their best, and ready to snuggle up with you for a movie marathon.
2. Bake some Festive Treats
If you’re not looking forward to spending a fortune on Christmas-themed treats at the pet store, you could always consider making your own. There are tons of great recipes online to help you craft the perfect, healthy treats – all made with love at home.
If you really don’t have the time to bake your own treats, consider checking your local craft markets for people selling safe, and ethically-made pup cakes and similar treats around the holiday season. For a slightly more extravagant gift, you could even bake enough treats to account for every door of a doggy advent calendar. If you’re going to be buying your treats rather than cooking them yourself, remember to check up on the ingredients in advance, don’t get caught off-guard by all the colours!
3. Take a Festive Adventure
While your idea of the perfect holiday season might involve spending a lot of time snuggled up with a blanket, your dog still needs to get out there and exercise. Plan for some adventures in the wilderness and grab yourself a pair of gloves so you can handle the cold.
Your dog will usually prefer time spent with you in the great outdoors to any festive toy you could buy for them. Even better, this gift is also a treat for you, as it’s a chance to get some exercise, and stock up on pooch photos for your next year’s Christmas cards. Remember to purchase a coat for your dog if you know they tend to struggle with the cold.
4. Share Your Christmas Dinner
If you don’t want to buy your dog a special Christmas dinner for the holiday season, you could always look at sharing your meal with your pooch instead. While technically, you probably shouldn’t get your dog into the habit of taking food from your plate, you can always place some of the trimmings from your food onto a mini plate or into a bowl for your pup.
Keep in mind that some foods will be more suitable for your dogs than others. For instance, turkey is an obvious choice, when prepared correctly, but you can also give your dogs mushy Brussel sprouts and potatoes too. Make sure all the food you give your pooch is cooked thoroughly and mashed to avoid any choking issues.
5. Make Your Own Festive Stocking
A festive stocking is often a must-have part of the Christmas gift list for most dog owners. However, buying a high-quality product, without the horrible treats you’d rather avoid giving your pooch, can be an expensive experience. If you want to try something a little different, consider making your own stocking instead.
You can look into tips on DIY dog toys, and add some of your pooch’s favourite treats that you either make from home, or buy from a well-known retailer. It’s totally up to you. The bonus with this strategy is that you get to choose exactly what you’re giving your dog, rather than just getting a handful of items from a company which may not be suitable for your dog.
6. Spend Some Time Together
Finally, perhaps the most important gift you can give your dog in the holiday season is time. Your pooch wants to spend as many moments as possible with you, so indulge them during the festive period. If you want to give your dog an extra special treat on Christmas day, you can consider spending more time doing their favourite activity.
This could mean that you end up throwing the same chewed-up toy in a game of fetch for several hours straight, but at the end of the day, you know you’ve given your dog an experience they’ve loved, and you’ve done it without spending a penny. By the time you’re finished playing together, you’ll be more than ready to snuggle up together and sleep off the turkey.
Celebrate Your Pooch This Christmas
Celebrating the holiday season with your dog doesn’t have to be an exhausting or expensive experience. There are plenty of ways to treat your dog without going overboard on costly gifts. With the tips above, you’ll not only have the guidance you need to give your pooch the kind of amazing Christmas they’ll love, but you’ll also have some great opportunities to start making meaningful memories too.