The end of the year, for most people, is a time of family celebrations and cold weather days. As a big part of your family, you want to include your dog in on all the festivities and Christmas is no exception. Chances are, you or the children always remember to get your dog a gift or two to open with the rest of the family on the big day, and you could not imagine your dog anywhere else but in the middle of the living room enjoying all the fun with the family. However, Christmas is more than just opening presents. This special holiday is about sharing time and having fun, both inside and outside, with all family members, the dog included.
The decorations are some of the best during the Christmas season. People, businesses, and government buildings spend hours setting up with displays and lights. Some communities are well known for their Christmas lights, and droves of people walk the streets enjoying the sights. Other times, houses and decorations are visited all over the community by car. Most dogs, even the ones who get a little car sick, love rides in the car and would be delighted to enjoy this activity with you. If you are looking to see the Christmas lights, you have to wait until it is dark outside before you go, but otherwise, you can do this activity in all types of weather. However, since you may be mostly driving, you always want to make sure the road conditions are safe first. This activity is relatively close to free but will have a slight expense in fuel costs. Additionally, if you are planning on doing any walking, you must bring your dog's leash.
Obedience training is critical for your dog's health and happiness as well as for your family's. Christmastime is the perfect time of year to visit a trainer and work on training because you will have a lot of indoor time together during the winter.
One of the hallmarks of Christmastime are the cookies and other baked treats. While you do not want to feed your dog people treats, you can find some dog treats to make that will be extra special for Christmas.
Christmastime is a magical time of year for many people and including your dog in on some of the season's activities helps your family to strengthen the bond between man and dog. Activities, though generally indoor bound, can help the family get in the spirit of the season and give your dog a wonderful sense of love and belonging.