While it’s lovely to have a few days off over the holiday to spend time with your pets, there are times when you need them to get out of your hair. Here are a few ideas to entertain your furry family members so that you can get on with preparing the Christmas feast.
Give your dog a bone
Never give your dog a cooked bone leftover from the Christmas dinner, but you can keep your dog quiet by providing a juicy raw bone. If you have a strong chewer, then consider a marrowbone or half knuckle to prolong the peace.
Other good alternates include paddywhacks, tendons, pizzles, hooves or trotters for a happy hound.
Trick and Treat
We stock a wide range of brain games for all your pets, where they have to work for their reward. You can also create your own entertainment with a selection of tempting treats and some clean yoghurt pots, hiding the goodies under the pot for your pet to find. Increase the level of complexity by stacking the pots or hiding them around the room.
Spend some time playing with your pup, whether that’s fetch, tug of war or hide and seek – it’s a brilliant way for you two to bond, is a great stress-reliever in the middle of the Christmas chaos, and will exhaust your dog allowing you to focus on other demands from your human family.
Kongs and other food dispensers are a good way of entertaining your pets – either with their normal food allowance or with a tasty treat. Check out our ideas on what to stuff in the toy for maximum pleasure.
Work off any festive over-indulgence with a long brisk walk. Take a frisbee, ball or other thrower, or arrange a doggy play date for maximum exhaustion for your exercise to ensure a good sleep when you get home.
Written by: Lucy Ellis
Photos by: Otis by Lucy Ellis; Misty by Erika Pinter; Anuko by Robin Hall; Bo, Rory & Darcey by Lucy Ellis