Christmas day promises to paint treasured memories that will last a lifetime. It is a day to celebrate family and friends and the beloved pets who add so much joy and love to our hearts and to our homes. As you’re planning your Christmas celebration, don’t forget to include your pets.
Here are some fun games to play with your pets over Christmas:
Play Hide and Seek
It’s a game everyone – both young and old, humane and canine – loves to play. Start a jovial game of hide and seek with your pets over Christmas. Start simple by hiding where your dog can easily find you then work your way up to harder spots when he gets the hang of the game.
Start a Game of Tug of War
All the excitement of the day might wear your dog out pretty quickly. A good game of tug of war can keep your dog interested and tire him out. Use an old rolled up sock or a rope to initiate the game. But, remember, don’t pull too hard because you don’t want to harm your dog’s teeth.
Okay, so technically, unwrapping gifts isn’t a game. But, it sure is a lot of fun for kids and even adults. So imagine how much fun your pets will have tearing into their very own Christmas gifts. Don’t use too much tape on the paper so it isn’t difficult for your pets to open their presents.
After your pets have opened their gifts, roll the paper into a ball and toss it across the room for an impromptu game of fetch.
Worn out from getting up early and a busy day of exchanging presents, chatting, and preparing dinner? Gather the family together in a circle, each holding treats for your dog, cat, or other pet. Take turns calling your pet’s name. If you call your pet’s name and he comes, reward him with a treat. It’s a great way to teach him to come when called and a game the whole family can play together.
Take A Christmas Walk
Don’t forget to cap off your lovely Christmas afternoon with a long stroll through the neighbourhood to look at the Christmas lights twinkling from windows and to allow you and your dog to enjoy the holiday with those you pass. A long walk also allows your dog to burn off some of his excess energy before he settles down for a Christmas night snooze.