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Dogs definitely get into the Christmas spirit.
Christmas time is family time and dogs love to know that they're part of the family. Many dogs also love the excitement of the Christmas season. Not to mention the smells, tasty delights, visiting friends, and of course, presents! Christmas is the perfect time to reflect on our relationships and remember how much our loved ones mean to us. And our little friends are obviously our loved ones. Of course during the Christmas rush it's hard to slow down and think about how the Christmas experience must appear to our dogs, all the wonders, and whew, all the temptations. That's why we’ve put together some tips that will help you avoid any surprises and make Christmastime extra special for your furry little elf.
Hurtta Christmas Tips:
1. Use your gift-giving, and gift-protecting, instincts
Buy or make your dog an own Christmas gift
Pretty presents with big bows and rustling gift wrap, wonderful scents, and the whole home bustling. A dog is bound to want to explore the Christmas tree and everything under it. Dogs obviously won't know which gifts have their name on them so if a present is on the floor it will be considered fair game. Talk about a kid in a candy store! Remember not to expect too much from your dog. And you know your dog best. If you have a feeling the gifts won't make it to Christmas morning, it may be best to keep them out of reach of your dog until the special moment.
2. The package is half the fun. Maybe more.
Dogs are often the most enthusiastic gift openers in the family. After all, it’s fun to rip, scratch, sniff, and wonder: what miracle is hidden here? Wrap a gift in noisy paper and it's as if you've given your dog two gifts. And don't feel like you have to impress your dog. Fancy colours and patterns won't mean much. Reusing gift wrap or wrapping the gift in simple kraft paper will be just fine. As long as you allow your dog to tear open the gift the way a kid would, all will be well. Don't forget to take some pics!
3. Treats are neat but toys will last longer
Like all of us, dogs love it when they open a gift that means something to them, especially treats or toys. A bone your dog can enjoy a while during the festivities will provide a lot of Christmas joy. You may not be able to hide what it is but you can definitely wrap a bone! Oh, and in most cases, if you let your dog open his or her gift first, everyone else may get to open their gifts in peace.
For some dogs, toys last longer than treats. You can also make toys from items that you already have in your home, like older clothes or fabric that can be turned into braided pull toys. They're quick and easy to make and they'll give you and your dog an opportunity to play together. For ideas and help with do-it-yourself toys, see Hurta's recycling instructions.
4. Dogs like soft and cozy gifts too
On a frosty day, nothing warms up a cold dog like a warm jacket. A protective warming layer will make it easier for your dog to stay outdoors with you longer in cold weather. And that's whether you're taking daily walks or going home to home singing Christmas carols. Plus, a durable, adjustable jacket will provide joy and comfort for years to come.
Or how about a soft and flexible fleece jacket? For dogs it's like crawling into your favorite pajamas. And just like with us, a fleece jacket is perfect indoors, outdoors, and as a warming layer under a jacket whenever Mr. Frost visits.
The flexible and comfortable Razzle-Dazzle Midlayer jacket has an adjustable back length, waist circumference and collar. That’s why it’s suitable for a wide variety of dogs and dog activities. It's also great as a first garment for a puppy.
5. The tree doesn't get all the ornaments
The Razzle-Dazzle collar also comes with a luminous, removable reflector that can be placed wherever you need it most.
6. And to all dogs a good snuggle
When the evening festivities wind down and the fire grows dimmer. There's one more perfect idea for every gift giver. Great for adventures over hills or through snow. It's a reversible, water-resistant sleeping bag that goes wherever you go. The Outback Dreamer is its name, isn't that neat? It even has a foil lining that reflects body heat. It offers cottony-soft comfort on every expedition. Its shape even mimics a dog's natural sleeping position. For active and older dogs it makes an extra special gift. Because once tucked inside, soon off they will drift. There's even room for a pillow if that's what your dog likes. And what more could dogs ask for after long hikes?
Hurtta wishes you and your dog a very merry Christmas!