Give Your Pets the Best Christmas Ever! As we are heading towards Christmas time, we begin the rush and stress of preparing for holiday celebrations, family occasions and gift giving of course. A lot of thought goes into giving something special to the people we love. There are also some very special friends and family members in our lives that are unconditional givers – our animal companions. Whether they are furry, feathery, scaley or hoofed, our beautiful animals never stop giving their love and devotion. They are there for us, in our best moments and our worst moments. They bring so much laughter and happiness in the simplest of ways. They know us better than we know ourselves, and connect with us on such a deep emotions level. We could not imagine our lives without them.
In fact, a lot of us prefer our animals to most humans! Whilst our animals live in the moment, they don’t quite understand why we reserve a time of year to show our love and appreciation to the special ones around us – why not show it every day? If our animals can, why can’t we? What are you going to give back to your special companions? Now this isn’t a one-time act, you do only at Christmas; this should be all year round? All relationships are about giving and receiving, including the relationships we have with our animals. We demand so much from them, and they relentlessly indulge us. From performing tricks and rituals, to enthusiastically enjoying being at our side no matter what we propose.
Here are a few things you can try: Dogs
- Take your dog for an on/off leash nature walk to a new beach, park or forest.
- Give your dog the chance to just be a dog; don’t take any toys or distractions with you. This is your dog’s chance to sniff, pee, to explore as they wish. Let them fulfil their instincts of being a dog.
- Be involved in the walk and be interested in what your dog wants to explore.
- Try to be present as you walk with your dog – what can you Smell? See? Sense? Learn to experience that walk as a dog, you may be pleasantly surprised.
- Get fully involved in their games as well as the ones you set up for them. Dogs have their own sense of play and are great at making up fun games.
- Make sure you give them plenty of encouragement when they are creative.
- Make time for fun when they are ready not just when you can fit them in.