I adore the holidays — the cold weather, the yummy food, and of course, all of the festivities! You know who else loves them? My four-legged buddy, Copper. I’m thinking it may be because of all the extra attention, gifts and treats he gets from the family.
(I was given a puppy holiday pack in exchange for this post much like the one you can win below. The opinions expressed in this post are my own and are completely honest. I love including our pup in our holiday fun. For more information on brand-sponsored posts, please check out my disclosures page.)
It turns out, I’m not the only pet mama to spoil her pup during this time of year. That’s why I love this super cute website called TheNosePrint.com from Big Heart Pet Brands (the makers of Milk-Bone, Pup-Peroni, Canine Carry Outs, and Milo’s Kitchen). They really know how to celebrate the holidays with your pup!
On TheNosePrint.com, check out some of the fun doggy do-it-yourself ideas they’ve dreamed up: https://thenoseprint.com/article/diy-holiday-dog-gifts
My favorite was the Treat-Stuffed Stocking. This is something the kids could totally help me with and is sure to be a hit with Copper. Slobbery kisses? Check. Yummy treat? Check. Yes, it’s pretty much the best gift idea ever. I’m also loving the homemade paw-print ornament. We did these with our kiddo’s hand prints, but I never thought to do it with Copper’s paw. Other great homemade doggy gifts include a treat bouquet, a sweet treat jar, and a ho-ho-howliday treat bag.
The NosePrint.com also asked 3,000 Americans about their dog-related holiday habits, including whether their dog is involved in gift-giving, stocking-stuffing, Christmas sweater-wearing, and other holiday traditions.
What they found is that Americans really LOVE their pets. For instance, did you know 71% of dog parents give gifts to their pups? Have you completed your Christmas doggy shopping yet?
According to the survey, here are the top 5 reasons people give gifts to their dog:
1. To express love to my dog: 72%
2. Because it’s fun for me: 60%
3. To help my dog feel included like a family member: 54%
4. To give my dog a moment of happiness: 53%
5. To feel closer and bond with my dog: 43%
We like to give presents to Copper because of all of these reasons. He’s such an important part of the family — I can’t imagine the holidays without him.
The study also shared how often dogs are included into popular Christmas traditions:
1. 48% of dog parents hang a Christmas stocking for their dog.
2. 43% of dog parents include a dog in a photo for a family holiday card.
3. 32% post photos of their dog on social media with a holiday message.
4. 29% dress up their dog in a holiday-themed costume or outfit.
5. 22% make or buy dog-themed holiday decorations.
For photos and instructions on how to add more dog-related fun to your home holiday traditions, check out these cool projects they have here:
One final thing: The folks at TheNosePrint.com have generously offered to give away a FREE Christmas doggy care package filled with some of the most delicious stocking-stuffer treats for your pup.
To be entered to win the care package, just visit this DIY decor article on TheNosePrint.com and tell me in the comments below which DIY doggy decor project you think your family would like best.
<UPDATE: THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED>