Planning a New Years party? Make some delicious treats for your favorite canine.

We love homemade dog treats since we can control exactly what goes in and we eliminate any unhealthy additives (such as preservatives) that can be found in most store bought treats.

Here’s a few of our favorite festive treats to spoil your pooch!

Frozen peanut butter yogurt dog treats

Paw Print Dog Treats

Blueberry Dog Biscuits

Cinnamon Dog bites

Peanut Butter pumpkin dog treats

Flax seed dog biscuits

Nutty Bacon dog treats

Blueberry dog cookies

Peanut butter and bacon puppy ice cream

Top 10 holiday tips for dogs

Nothing can ruin the holidays faster than a dog catastrophe (or should we say dog-astroph?) which is why we have scourged the web for you to find the best and most important tips to make sure you have the best holiday season ever!

  1. Tire out your dog before you get to your destination- they will probably get over excited, so the more you run around before the more likely they are to behave!
  2. Weather smarts- going someplace colder than usual and packing warm clothes for yourself? Don’t forget your dog can be cold too- stock up on warm garments for both of you (general rule of thumb- short hair breeds will be cold!)
  3. Maintain discipline and rules (even after your fourth glass of eggnog)- there will be many temptations lying around for your dog- from sweets to yummy holiday meals to presents to trample on. Use this time to reinforce positive behavior! And remember what’s delicious for us can be poisons to dogs so monitor what they eat and what treats your family members try and sneak them- keep chocolate and turkey bones out of reach!
  4. Decorations are a must, but can be challenging with your dog- decorative plants (such as poinsettia, mistletoe and holly) are toxic, tinsel can tear up your dog’s intestines, and cute holiday doggie outfits can be dangerous around the fireplace. Oh and we always keep our delicate tree decorations on the top, with the sturdier ones on the bottom.
  5. Don’t worry if your dog takes a nibble from your tree- they are not toxic and should not pose a threat (just keep clear on chemicals in the water)
  6. Trying to guess what’s in your wrapped presents- if it’s food chances are your dog will know before you and be more than happy to help you unwrap it. Keep those gifts out of your dogs reach. A pen is also a great solution here!
  7. Keep your gift wrapping supplies hidden away- they are tempting for pups and can be mistaken as toys
  8. If you are hosting and have lots of guests over make sure your dog has a safe space- guests can be overwhelming for dogs, and their overexcitement can be overwhelming for guests. Plan ahead by making sure they have their own corner where they feel safe. Also with the influx of people opening and closing your door make sure to keep their collars and identification on them.
  9. Dogs and kids don’t always mix- never leave young kids unattended with dogs.
  10. Keep candles on high shelves, and out of reach of wagging tails.

More tips and tricks!

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Going Home for the Holidays: Taking your dog with you VS Leaving them behind

When we first heard about this debate it seemed like there was an obviously correct side- what kind of person would leave their poor pet alone for the holidays right?… But then again what kind of person would stuff their dog in a crate for a flight?

This is definitely a hot issue and each side has pro’s and con’s.

Taking your dog with you:                    

Pro’s:

  • They are part of the family and everyone should be together
  • Separation anxiety when they are not with you
  • You know they are going to be taken care of

Con’s:

  • Travel is not a great experience for dogs- especially if it involves planes/ long trips
  • Taking them to someone else’s house can be a burden
  • Being surrounded by lots of new people can cause anxiety and over excitement

Leaving your dog behind:

Pro’s:

  • Let’s be honest… more freedom
  • Easier travel and not burdening family members
  • Less planning and packing of dog supplies

Con’s:

  • Where to leave them is always an issue. With friends? With a dog sitter? Boarding? You need to have an option you trust
  • Can be a very expensive option

What do you think? How do you make these decisions?