How to Make Holidays More Memorable with your Furry Best Friend

In the hustle and bustle of the busy holiday season, do not forget to share the happy spirit with your canine companion! Everyone loves a holiday, but for dog parents, it can become a difficult task to find a place which also lets you bring your beloved pet along. Even if you can’t stand to leave your pet behind for a few days, sometimes the cost of kennels alone can take a large chunk out of your budget. Luckily, nowadays there is an entire host of properties where your dog will be warmly welcomed, and there will be plenty to do for both you and your pets! We have done the legwork for you.

Here are some of the best creative ideas for making your dog a part of the holiday’s celebrations:

Make Homemade Holiday Dog Cookies

This easy and simple tactic is good year-round, but by cutting it into holiday shapes, you will give your dogs a sweet and harmless seasonal gift or treat. Plain yogurt can be put on the top as “icing.”

Play Hide and Seek With Your Dog

Since you have a special holiday treats just for your loved one and play different games each other. For one game, your dog will utilize his communication skills. The other needs memory skills. Both are a fun and mental condition for your dog.

Communication

Hide treats while the dog is in a different room. Take the dog to the room and have him find the gifts or treats by following your pointing gesticulation.

Memory

Hide gift, cookies, and treats while the dog is watching. Then take out your dog from the room for a short time. Coming back to the room and see if your dog can find all of the treats he saw you hide.

Play Puzzle Games With Your Dog

While you are busy adorning the Christmas tree, wrapping gifts, or baking cookies keep your dog engaged with these puzzle games.

The Bowl Game

Place a treat under an upside-down plastic or stainless-steel bowl. Let him see you hide a treat under the pot on the floor. Tell him to “take it,” then sit back and watch him figure it out. Note: For very small or timid dogs, begin with small disposable plastic cups to set them up for success. As they improve, make the cups/bowls bigger or heavier.

Muffin Tin Game

Place treats in muffin slots and covers them with a ball or toy.

Nesting Treats

Use of plastic storage bowls that nest inside each other, also the same size or small to large. Place a treat in the bottom container, then place the second container on top. Continue layering treats and bowls, and include one treat in the top. Open the pot to get your dog started. Be sure to do this while you supervise, so you can ensure your dog does not try to eat the plastic bottles.

Use these tips and tricks to make the holiday season an exciting one for your dog as well!

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