Monday, December 11, 2023

Canine Christmas List

December Theme of the Month
Things to Do With Your Dog in December

We all tend to get busy during the holidays and sometimes that means we leave our dogs out. I want to encourage all our Yooper Paws friends to think about ways to include their dog in the holiday season.  Here is a list of ideas to get you started!

  1. Review Holiday Things that Safe/Harmful for Dogs
  2. Letter to Santa Paws
  3. Tree Lighting Ceremony
  4. Create a Homemade Gift for your Dog
  5. Puppy Playdate with a Friend (Azul played with Maverick 2 days last week!) 
  6. String Dog Bone Treats for a Christmas Countdown (I guess I missed this one.)
  7. Make a Puppy Christmas Card
  8. Sing Christmas Carols to Your Dog (We do this every day in the car together!)
  9. Make Holiday Dog Treats
  10. Christmas Lights Drive/Sniff-a-bout
  11. Start a New Holiday Tradition
  12. Make a Puppy Ornament
  13. Share a Treat By the Fire
  14. Donate a Dog Toy
  15. Walk with a Friend 
  16. Watch a Holiday Movie - Belle and I do this every day together! 
  17. Hang a Paw Print Decoration on Your Door
  18. Hang a Stocking for your Dog Stockings are hung both at work and at home!
  19. Pause and Reflect About the Past Year With Your Dog
  20. Dance with Your Dog
  21. Read a Book to Your Dog
  22. Play in the Snow
  23. Dress Up Together
  24. Have a Gift Exchange with Another Dog Owner
  25. Donate Dog Food
  26. Wrap a Present For Your Dog 
  27. Make Cookies for Santa Paws
  28. Take Photo in Front of the Christmas Tree (Azul in front of a blue tree at Menards.)
  29. Make a Training List/Plan 
  30. Prepare Treat Bags for Puppy Friends 

Throughout the month, there were will be additional posts on as many of these items as we can get to with directions on how to do these things with your dog. BOLD means we've done it and pictures will be posted if we were able to take some.

Please be smart and do all the things you and your dog can have fun doing together as a team!
It's important that you consider your dog's individual needs when you look at this list! If your dog doesn't like to dress up, skip list items that suggest that or keep it really simple like a new holiday collar. If your dog doesn't like crowds, you wouldn't take them to a Christmas tree lighting or parade.

If you want to share pictures of your activities with your dogs, email them to yooperpaws@gmail.com or send them to via messenger and I will post them on the Yooper Paws Facebook page and possibly even include them in a blog on that list item.

Have fun & Merry Christmas!

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