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5 Joyful Ways to Involve Your Dog in Holiday Decorating

by Dan Turner
Dan Turner

The holidays are a time for family, joy, and decorations! But let’s not forget about our furry family members. I’ve always believed that involving my dog in holiday decorating adds to the fun and strengthens our bond.

After all, who can resist those wagging tails and eager eyes wanting to be a part of everything?

Benefits of involving your dog in holiday decorating

Inviting our furry friends into the holiday decorating frenzy isn’t just about tossing tinsel together. It’s a heartwarming way to deepen our bond with them while bringing a touch of whimsy to our festive efforts. The benefits are both immediate and lasting, enriching our holiday experiences in ways we might not have anticipated.

Strengthening Bonds

First off, integrating your dog into decorating activities is a fantastic opportunity to reinforce the bond you share. These shared experiences create lasting memories and underline the sense of belonging and love that enriches your relationship.

  • Shared Memories: Decorating together creates unforgettable moments.
  • Sense of Belonging: Helps your dog feel included in family traditions.

Enhancing the Holiday Spirit

Let’s not overlook the sheer joy and laughter that accompany a dog’s involvement in holiday preparations. Watching their tails wag in excitement as they trot among glittering decorations not only fills the room with happiness but also infuses our holiday spirit with an infectious joyousness.

  • Joy and Laughter: Their playful antics bring smiles and laughter.
  • Infectious Joy: Their enthusiasm boosts everyone’s holiday spirit.

Encouraging Creativity

Including dogs in holiday decorating surprisingly sparks our creativity. We’re pushed to think outside the box, coming up with dog-safe decoration strategies and finding new ways to incorporate their presence into our festive themes.

  • Dog-Safe Decorations: Innovate to keep decorations safe for pets.
  • Creative Themes: Imagine unique themes that involve your furry friend.

Promoting Inclusion

Making holidays dog-friendly signifies more than just the decorations; it’s about promoting a culture of inclusion. Recognizing the importance of every family member, regardless of species, emphasizes the values of compassion and unity during the holiday season.

  • Culture of Inclusion: Every family member, pets included, is part of the celebration.
  • Values of Compassion and Unity: Strengthening family values during the holidays.

Incorporating our dogs into holiday preparations not only enhances our festive atmosphere but also offers numerous benefits for both pets and owners. From fortifying bonds to inspiring creativity and promoting an inclusive family environment, the advantages are truly heartfelt. By thoughtfully involving our furry companions in such activities, we not only enrich their lives but also add an extra layer of warmth and joy to our holiday celebrations.

Dog-friendly decorating ideas for the holidays

When the holidays roll around, we’re not just celebrating; we’re making memories that last. And what better way to enhance those memories than by including our furry friends in the festivities? Let me share with you some fun, safe ways to involve your dog in holiday decorating that’ll bring joy to your whole family.

Edible Ornaments

One of my favorite dog-friendly decorating ideas is creating edible ornaments. It’s not only a blast for me but a tasty treat for my pup too. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Peanut butter (Make sure it’s xylitol-free)
  • Oats
  • Honey
  • Festive cookie cutters

Mix these ingredients, roll out the dough, and use those cookie cutters to shape your ornaments. After baking, let them cool, then hang them on the lower branches of your Christmas tree. Watch your dog’s eyes light up with joy as they discover these tasty treats.

DIY Paw Print Ornaments

Another heartwarming addition to any holiday decor is DIY paw print ornaments. They’re simple to make and add a personal touch that really embodies the spirit of the season. You’ll need:

  • Safe, non-toxic clay
  • A straw (for the ribbon hole)
  • Your dog’s paw
  • Not only does this activity involve your dog in a safe and fun way, but it also leaves you with a cherished keepsake for years to come.

Safe Tree Decorations

Decorating the tree is a classic holiday activity. To make it dog-friendly, consider these tips:

  • Avoid Tinsel and Glass Ornaments: These can be hazardous if your dog decides they look tasty.
  • Soft, Non-breakable Ornaments: Fabric, wood, or even durable plastic ornaments are great alternatives. They’re less likely to hurt your dog if they fall (or are pulled) off the tree.
  • Placement Matters: Keep the more enticing decorations out of tail-wag range. Trust me, it can save a lot of redecorating time!

Safety tips for including your dog in decorating activities

And who better to share this joy with than our furry friends? Including dogs in holiday decorating can create beautiful memories, but it’s vital to keep their safety in mind. Here are some tips to ensure that the holiday season is enjoyable and safe for everyone.

First off, be mindful of electrical cords. Lights and animated decorations may add sparkle to your home, but their cords pose a risk to pets who might chew on them. It’s a good idea to:

  • Run cords behind furniture or use protective covers.
  • Keep decorations that use electricity out of paw’s reach.

Next, consider the type of decorations you’re using. Not all decorations are dog-friendly:

  • Avoid tinsel. It’s captivating but can cause intestinal blockages if ingested.
  • Say no to glass ornaments. They might shatter and injure your pet.
  • Opt for chew-friendly decorations. Materials like felt or wood are safer choices.

Don’t forget about the placement of your decorations. Dogs are naturally curious, so place delicate and potentially dangerous items higher up:

  • Ensure the lower branches of your Christmas tree have sturdy, non-toxic ornaments.
  • Use a sturdy tree base to prevent tipping.

Edible decorations are a fantastic way to include dogs in the fun without compromising their health. But, it’s crucial to use dog-safe ingredients. Here’s a quick list of safe and risky ingredients:

Safe Ingredients Risky Ingredients
Peanut Butter Chocolate
Carob Xylitol (a sweetener)
Oats Grapes & Raisins

Creating DIY paw print ornaments can be a fun activity, and it’s safe when you choose non-toxic clay. Not only do these make great decorations, but they’re also treasured keepsakes.

Finally, some dogs may find the hustle and bustle of decorating overwhelming. Keep an eye on your pet’s behavior and provide them with a quiet space if needed. 

Remember, a little planning and caution go a long way. Including your dog in holiday decorating can be a wonderful experience, fostering an even deeper bond between you and your pet.

DIY dog-centric holiday decorations

As the holiday season twinkles into view, I’m always on the hunt for ways to sprinkle a little extra joy around the house, especially with decorations that celebrate my furry best friend. There’s something magical about integrating my dog into the holiday festivities, and what better way to do that than with some DIY dog-centric holiday decorations? Let me walk you through a few of my all-time favorites.

First off, creating a personalized stocking for your pup is a must. Grab some fabric, felt, and fabric glue, and you’re halfway there. I like to cut out a bone shape from the felt and affix it to the stocking, then use fabric paint to add my dog’s name. Hanging it alongside the family’s stockings makes my heart swell every time I see it.

Next up, why not whip up some dog-safe holiday treats and use them as edible decorations? I’ve found that making these treats together turns into a special bonding moment that’s both heartwarming and drool-inducing. Plus, it’s super easy:

  • Whole wheat flour
  • Unsweetened applesauce
  • Pureed pumpkin
  • A pinch of cinnamon

Mix these ingredients, cut out holiday shapes with cookie cutters, and bake. Voila! A delicious decoration your dog can enjoy throughout the season.

Another festive project involves creating a holiday-themed photo frame ornament featuring your dog. I pick out a favorite photo of my pup, often one of them in a goofy holiday pose, and craft a frame using popsicle sticks, some non-toxic glue, and a sprinkle of glitter.

Finally, don’t forget about the DIY paw print ornaments. They’re easy to make and serve as a beautiful memento. I mix non-toxic clay, roll it out, gently press my dog’s paw into it to create the imprint, and then let it dry. Punching a hole at the top before it dries fully ensures I can hang it up once it’s ready.

Each of these projects not only adds a unique touch to holiday decorating but also strengthens the bond between me and my dog. It turns the holiday season into an inclusive celebration that truly involves the entire family, paws and all.

Ways to make your dog feel included and special during the holidays

The holidays are a magical time for families, and that includes our furry family members, too. I’ve found some fun and meaningful ways to make sure my dog feels just as included in the holiday spirit as the rest of us. It’s all about creating a cozy, joyful atmosphere that celebrates our four-legged friends.

Firstly, I always make sure to include my pup in our family holiday card. We either dress him up in a cute holiday outfit (which he tolerates for the promise of treats) or pose him with his favorite toy. It’s these moments that make for unforgettable memories.

Here are a few other ways I ensure my dog feels loved and included:

  • Special Treats: I bake dog-safe holiday cookies. This not only fills the house with delicious smells but also gives him something special to enjoy.
  • Gift Opening: We wrap a few dog-friendly gifts in easy-to-tear paper and let him join in the gift-opening frenzy. It’s a blast watching him get excited about his new toys and treats.
  • Holiday Playlist: Believe it or not, I include a few dog-friendly tunes in our holiday playlist. Anything that has a bell or a squeaky sound gets his tail wagging.

Another way to spread the holiday cheer is by taking my dog along for neighborhood walks to see the lights and decorations. Plus, it’s a great way for him to burn off some of that extra energy from all the holiday treats.

Don’t forget, the best gift you can give your pet is time spent together. Whether it’s cuddling up for a holiday movie marathon or simply enjoying the winter wonderland on a snowy walk, these moments are what make the holidays truly special for both of you.

By involving them in simple, yet meaningful ways, we strengthen our bond and make the holiday season brighter for everyone.


By including them in our holiday traditions, we’re not just making memories; we’re showing them they’re a cherished part of our family. So let’s make this holiday season one to remember for both two-legged and four-legged family members alike. After all, the joy and love pets bring into our lives deserve to be celebrated in the most festive ways possible. Happy holidays to you and your furry companions!


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