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Help your Dog have a Stressfree Holiday with these Dog Safety Tips, plus check out our adorable Dog Christmas Tablescape. Yes, a Christmas party just for dogs! 

Help your Dog have a Stressfree Holiday with these Dog Safety Tips

Dog Christmas Tablescape {Plus Dog Safety Tips for the Holidays}

Christmas is just about a month away. Wow, where did this year go? It’s been a year full of ups and downs. However, the one thing that has remained a constant is our little Boston Terrier affectionally named, Goku. The boys are crazy about this little runt of the litter. We’ve had Goku for almost three years, and although he is small in size, his heart is a big one. He is also crazy about the boys. When he hears the door open, and the boys walk in, he starts jumping and running around in circles! It’s kind of cute. 

When the boys are sick or having a rough day, they can always count on Goku to come and curl up next to them and help make their day a little better. We’ve talked about how dogs are therapeutic for kids with Autism, and Goku has helped fulfill this role.  

How A Dog Can Be Therapeutic For Kids With Autism

In return for his devotion to our family, we reward Goku with love and treats. While shopping at Kroger this week for our Thanksgiving Turkey, we picked up a few doggie treats for Goku. While everyone is enjoying their beans, greens, potatoes, tomatoes, chicken, turkey, you name it; your pet wants to be in on the action. When I was a young girl, we would have Christmas dinner in Ohio at my Grandma’s house. One year, my older sister brought her dog, Mandy. While my Grandma was in the kitchen cooking our Christmas feast, Mandy was beside herself with the smell of all the food. As the food made its way out of the kitchen and onto the dining room table, she kept eyeing the ham. We kept telling her to stay away from the table, but she kept inching her way closer and closer. 

How A Dog Can Be Therapeutic For Kids With Autism

After looking at the Christmas ham sitting beautifully on the table with pineapple, cranberries, and smelling heavenly, she couldn’t take it anymore. She jumped up on the table, snatched the ham, and ran off. We all sat kind of shocked for a moment, then busted out laughing.  It’s something none of us have forgotten and still talk about to this day. So, to avoid any of those situations from happening at our holiday dinners, I’m going to be prepared with treats for Goku. Although he is too little to hop up on our table, we want him to feel included in our Christmas.  

I was able to find some Purina Beggin’ Strips treats (with bacon and peanut butter!), a new bone; Purina Busy treats at Kroger in the pet section. There are also coupons available to use while supplies last (find coupons for cat and dog Purina products). 

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Did you know holidays can be a stressful time for pets? Here’s how:

  • Strangers in and out of their house
  • Kids that don’t understand how to pet them
  • Food that they can’t eat. Or they get into food that’s not good for them and now their off to see the vet. 
  • Noise. Some pets can be very sensitive to a ton of noise. 
  • The Christmas Tree. It’s tempting. Cats want to jump in it. Dogs want to pee around it. 
  • The Christmas lights or other Christmas decor randomly going off. 
  • Traveling. New home, more strangers. Going through a bustling airport or sitting in a car for hours. 
  • Being locked in a crate for hours while you’re off visiting relatives. 

Christmas Tablescape for Dogs

So, how can you help your pet have a stress-free holiday? Here are a few tips:

  • If you’re having house guests or going to be gone, try boarding your dog. You want to do your research ahead of time to find a good boarding place and reserve a spot sooner rather than later. A lot of people have this same idea and the boarding facilities fill up quickly. 
  • Talk to your guests before they arrive. If they have kids or not used to being around pets, talk to them about what you expect and the respect your pet deserves while they are in your home. 
  • If your dog gets anxious around people or just too much activity, look at natural remedies to help soothe his or her anxiety. 
  • Christmas decor. Think about the type of decor you are putting up. Take out extra lights, ribbon, string, anything that your pet could get into or tangled in cords. 
  • If you do put a Christmas tree, put a gate around it. Or make sure the tree is grounded in a tree stand or attached to the wall. We all remember what happened in the movie, Christmas Vacation, lol. 
  • Make sure your electrical cords are well-secured so the dog can’t chew on them. 
  • If traveling, make sure you have an appropriate crate for your pet. Put some familiar items in the crate, so they will smell home and be comforted. 
  • Also if traveling, make sure your pet has tags on them that will help identify their owner, just in case. 
  • If your dog or cat likes to act out, think about doing some obedience classes or home training them on what will happen over the holidays. You could make a mock holiday dinner, or have friends come by so they are used to other people being in their house. 
  • And last but not least, make sure they have enough water and food in their bowls. And have treats on hand so you can reward them! Dogs LOVE to be rewarded with a treat or two. 

Have a pet? Find more inspiration on DIY tutorials and ways to get your pets involved this holiday season, go here

If you’re one to love including your dog in the holiday plans, why not create a space just for him or her? I put together a cute dog party idea you can do at your house. Check it out below:

Christmas Tablescape for Dogs

 

To keep the mess contained, ya know, just in case they spill water, slobber over their bacon treats from excitement, etc., cover the table with plastic or Christmas wrapping paper. 

Christmas Tablescape for Dogs

I used plaid themed wrapping paper and matched it with plaid chargers from my local craft store. 

Christmas Tablescape for Dogs

While shopping this past week, I saw this cute mini  pie plates. Although they are not dog bowls, they work perfectly as a substitute. 

Christmas Tablescape for Dogs

For the centerpiece, I initially thought about adding a few small Christmas trees. Then I thought again about the whole dog tree thing. So, we went with some paper cones decorated in green and red picked up from my local craft store. 

I also added a few mason jars filled with Purina dog treats. 

Christmas Tablescape for Dogs

 

Towards the back of the table, I filled a wood crate with more dog treats. We always get our dog Christmas presents. Usually, I don’t wrap them but will stick little bows on them. I recently started using a Cricut cutting machine, so I made personalized gift tags just for Goku! 

DIY Dog Gift Tags

I opened up the design studio on my iPad and searched for a gift tag design I could personalize. Using a pre-made design saves time vs. making a new one from scratch (#timesaver). 

DIY Dog Gift Tags

Once the design was loaded I just had to type Goku’s name in the middle. See, told ya this was an easy way to make personalized gift tags. 

DIY Dog Gift Tags

 

Once the mat was loaded, I just hit print. It uses eight different cardstock colors, but the whole process took less than 20 minutes. 

 

DIY Dog Gift Tags

And here’s the final product! Not that Goku is going to give any thought about this, but I think it’s cute. I’m not a DIY person at all, but using a Cricut has helped me to expand my DIY skills, and get more personalized with my gift-giving this year. 

Christmas Dog Tablescape

I added a few strings of berries, candy canes, and Christmas decorations. In retrospect, the berries may not be the best thing to have on a dog tablescape, but for the sake of this photo, I thought they gave it a little pop. However, leave these out if you plan to duplicate this idea! 

Christmas Dog Tablescape

 

And that’s it! A fun way to involve your dog this year in your Christmas activities! 

Christmas Tablescape for Dogs

Goku decided he did not like being on top of the table with all of this Christmas shenanigans. And sometimes you have to realize, as much as you want to include your pet into your holiday activities, he wants nothing to do with it and prefer to take a nap under the bed. And, we’re okay with that! 

Supplies:

  • (1) Christmas Plaid Wrapping Paper {Home Goods}
  • (4) Green & Red Christmas Cones {Hobby Lobby}
  • (4) Christmas Pie Plates {Target}
  • (4) Christmas Plaid Chargers {JoAnn’s}
  • Mason Jars to hold treats
  • Purina Beggin’ Treats, Purina Bone, Purina Busy Treats {Kroger}
  • Merry White Wood Crate {picked up at a local craft show}

What are you planning on doing for your pets over the holiday season? Drop your thoughts in the comment section below!  look forward to hearing from ya! 


Help your Dog have a Stressfree Holiday with these Dog Safety Tips

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