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Holiday Traditions Your Dog Can Join in On

Holidays With Pets: Traditions Your Dog Can Join in On

‘Tis the season to spend your holidays with pets. Between Christmas, Hanukkah and New Year’s, there are so many ways your dog can join in on the festive fun this holiday season. Including your dog in holiday traditions is a bonding experience you share as a family that will last a lifetime (and you’ll end up with some adorable pictures!). Here are some festive traditions to include your pupper in to make this holiday season the best one yet.

Family Pictures

1…2…3…Cheese! Holidays bring so many opportunities for group photos and give you a perfect excuse to put an adorable outfit on your four-legged family member. It’s time to pick out a wardrobe for each holiday photo op that can turn your dog into a picture-worthy holiday pet. Here are some holiday pet wardrobe suggestions to help you get the perfect festive look:

  • Dress your pup up in an epic Santa Claus Christmas Dog Costume for a holiday card your friends and family will absolutely adore. This outfit is sure get the whole family in the holiday spirit for pet pictures with Santa.
  • A special way to bring in the holiday cheer is by snapping a photo in front of the menorah with your pup dressed up. A yearly picture will represent the tradition of lighting a candle for the 8 days of Hanukkah.
  • Ring in the new year by gathering the family together for a celebratory picture! This Happy New Year Dog Hat is the perfect way to let your pup join in on the celebratory fun.

After you’ve picked your outfits, the next step is to find a dog-friendly location to take your holiday photos. You could try a park or dog-friendly mall, or just take some photos in the comfort of your own home. You can even make it a tradition to bring your dog dressed in a cute dog sweater to take pictures with Santa.

Host a Holiday Party  

It’s always fun to gather friends and family for a holiday-themed party. And a holiday party wouldn’t be the same without a fun theme! Who doesn’t love a classic ugly sweater party? Of course, you’ll need a table of yummy food. You can include pup-approved hors d’oeuvres that are sure to make your holiday pet party guests have a jolly and joyous night. Here’s some tips on how to make your shindig one your pup will always remember:

  • Get your dog in the holiday spirit with some Santa Stew. It’s sure to bring out the Christmas dog in your four-legged fur baby!
  • Your dog can dress to impress by wearing a wintertime-themed holiday scarf.
  • Throw a New Year’s Eve party to ring in the new year with your whole family.

Opening Presents

“Paw-resent, fur me?” Everyone wants to feel the holiday joy, and what better way to have your dog be a part of your holiday traditions than by giving him some special gifts! Presents always put a smile on everyone’s face and definitely will make your dog’s tail wiggle. We know the perfect presents for each holiday, but be sure to skip the wrapping paper:

  • A Christmas dog deserves a stocking filled with toys, like this Outward Hound Holiday Antler Headband & Bell Pet Collar. There might be some special pet toys and treats you’ve had your eye on—and Christmas is an excuse to finally get them! So, treat your pooch to some goodies and enjoy the big reveal.

Homemade Dog Treats

Holidays are the best time to bake with the family! While the human goodies are baking, whip out some baking molds and make some dog treat recipes. Save the treats for later by putting them in the Fringe Studio Doodle Dog Treat Tin, which is super adorable and will keep the goodies nice and fresh. For Christmas Eve, put your dog in a festive Zack and Zoey Sparkle Sequin Velvet Santa Dog Coat or a cheerful bandana and snap a photo of him eating his midnight snack before presents! At your New Year’s Eve party, sneak your dog some Beggin’ Dog Treats throughout the night. Every holiday calls for extra goodies, and your four-legged pup would most likely be thrilled to join in on this tradition.

Pictures, parties, presents and dog treats! The paw-ssibilities for your four-legged family member to enjoy these holiday traditions are endless. So, keep your holidays with pets festive and have fun with it—these are memories that everyone in your family will cherish.



Lindsay Schencker, Pet Central Editorial Assistant
The moment Lindsay started her career here at Chewy, she hit the ground running in customer service; she knew that this is the company she wanted to grow with from then on. When Lindsay isn’t spending her time writing for Pet Central, she’s most likely binge-watching a Netflix series and cuddling up with her 80-pound fur baby, Dexter.

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