10 Pup-Safe Howliday Traditions

Christmas trees! Sniff but don’t prune. Ornaments! Sniff but don’t taste. Presents! Sniff but don’t shred. Cookies! Sniff but don’t scarf. Tempting new scents and fun festivities are everywhere this month but none seem to be intended for poor Fido. With so much of the holiday season focused on hooman activities, we thought it’d be fun to trot out a list of traditions to start up with (or for) your pup.

dog friendly holiday traditions

Picture paw-fect at Krueger’s Christmas Tree Farm in St. Elmo. (Photo: @alissaschrank via Instagram)

  1. Play in the powder: When the white stuff piles up — and it will — get out there together! Toss snowballs. Make snow trails or a fort. Tease with a new toy to start a game of chase. Grab a pal or hooman child and play keep-away with an old hat or glove. Make snow angels — your buddies will love watching you do what comes naturally to them and you’ll love feeling like a kid again.
  2. Support local re-tail-ers: Our directory is full of dog-friendly shops that’ll be thrilled you brought your pup along!
  3. Enlist a co-scout: Pick from one of several pup-friendly Christmas tree farms and let your pal help sniff out the winner.
  4. Get paw-sonal: Press their sweet feet into some dough and create a furbulous ornament for that fine fir.
  5. Embrace the cheese: Yup, dogs need ugly Christmas sweaters, too. And cute ones. And antlers. And hats. And we wanna see pics!
  6. Zoom in: And woofing of pics, canines have always been cool with #nofilter. Take ‘em to perch on Santa’s lap and include them in your holiday photos and cards, of course!
  7. Bake up, woof down: Aside from cleaning crumbs from the floor, Christmas cookies are generally paws-off for pups. As you make your faves, whip up a batch of peanut-buttery treats for your pal, too.
  8. Share the snuggles: Put together a plate of freshly baked goodies (not the doggy ones) and take your furry friend to a nearby senior living or memory care facility, nursing home, or hospital and let the residents or patients ruv him up. Even if your dog isn’t a registered therapy dog, he still may be able to visit and shed a little joy. Just call first for their policy.
  9. Help the homeless: Sponsor a shelter pooch or make a general donation to the org in your dog’s honor.
  10. Gather together: Shelters need actual stuff, too. Organize a friends + family or neighborhood pet supply drive. Collect unneeded crates, gently worn bedding, sweaters and coats, and other goods, and ask for donations of food, treats, and other supplies. Be sure to take your pet along when picking up items and when making deliveries.

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