Jordan Walker Writer and Pet Lover
Jordan is the lead content curator for Coops and Cages as well as a couple of other pet related blogs. His passion for animals is only matched by his love for 'attempting' to play the guitar. You can catch him on Google+ or Twitter: @CoopsAndCages
Holidays are not just for people to enjoy. You, as a pet owner, can give your furry friends an exciting holiday, too. In this article, Jordan Walker, Coops and Cages content curator, gives out some useful ideas on how to celebrate the holidays with your pets.
There are many ways for pet owners to bond with their four-legged friend. Though human-animal bonding is often limited to play time and exercises along the local park, this shouldn’t be the case all the time. If possible, be open to other options as there are many other ways for you and your dog to enjoy each other’s company.
The holidays are by far the most wonderful time of the year for man. But this doesn’t mean it is just intended for them. It can also be a memorable experience for your pet, if you only know exactly how to celebrate it with them.
How can you help your furry pal enjoy the holidays? These tips should be of great use:
Go sightseeing with them.
The beautiful Christmas ornaments and bright colorful lights are such marvelous sights. If you have time, cuddle with them in front of these things.
As long as you are with your cat, dog, or any of your other good pets, then this season will definitely be merry. Take them out for short walks around the community to see what your neighbors have put up for the holiday season or take them to the local park. But before planning this, think of some ways to keep yourself and your pet warm by dressing for the chilly weather.
Participate in special holiday activities for pets.
In some places, certain individuals and organizations hold simple events for pets during the holidays. Do not miss such chances and keep yourself updated for happenings like that, especially if they are held within your neighborhood once in a while.
You also have the option to host the event yourself and invite your neighbors to participate and bring their pets along with them. A small pet show can be a great idea. However, you need to prepare some treats for the adorable participants and healthy snacks for the pet owners. This way, pets can socialize and enjoy the holidays just as much as people do.
Give them gifts or Christmas presents.
Everyone loves to receive presents, especially during the holidays. How do you think your furry friend would feel if he receives a simple present from you? Without a doubt, he’ll be grateful if he receives new toys or even anything simple like a new timber dog kennel from you.
If you want him to spend the season the way humans do, you may put his gift underneath the Christmas tree. Having a pet or fostering one is such a rewarding experience, so in return it is probably fair to give him a Christmas gift.
Consider pet safety during the holidays.
For you and your pet to enjoy the Yuletide season, you have to always consider his safety. If you do have a Christmas tree at home, make sure the lights, ornaments, and tinsels are out of his reach. Because they are naturally curious, they could bite into the wires and get electrocuted. Worse is that they might accidentally swallow some tiny stuff, which may result in death. Also, make sure to avoid keeping toxic holiday plants at home, such as poinsettias, holly, and mistletoe. You don’t want to upset their stomach once they ingest it.
As for the Christmas treats that most people enjoy, remember that not all of these are safe for your pets. Take note that chocolates are harmful to them, as well as candies and any other food that contains nuts.
If you plan on making this holiday season more exciting, you can try other activities with your pet for a change. As long as you both enjoy the activities, you’d surely have a memorable and rewarding Christmas.
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Do you like your furry best friend to enjoy the holidays just like you? Here are some fun and exciting ways to celebrate the holidays with your beloved pets.
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