As the holidays approach, many people are busy picking out the perfect gifts for their loved ones. Of course, many people also have their young ones at home this year, because of the pandemic. Why not have the kids make something for Fido? You’ll have occupied kids and a happy dog. A local vet offers some suggestions in this article.
If there’s one thing that is appropriate for all dogs, it’s snacks. Have the kids do some holiday baking! This doesn’t have to be complicated. You can make dog biscuits by combining a half cup of oats, 2 cups of pureed pumpkin or sweet potato, an egg, a half cup of natural PB, and three cups of whole wheat flour. Roll the dough out, and then use a cute bone-shaped cookie cutter. About 20 minutes at 350F should do it, but add some more time for crunchier treats. Tail wags guaranteed!
Dogs love toys, which is one thing that’s super cute to see. Here’s an easy option: cut an old towel or tee shirt into thin strips. Braid the strips together, and then braid those braids together. When you think you have a decent-sized rope toy, tie the end off in a big knot.
It’s very important for Fido to sleep comfortably. You can go easy with this one, and have the kids make a bed by simply sewing and stuffing a blanket. For something a bit more involved, have them upcycle a piece of furniture. Turn a coffee table upside down, repurpose a hard-shell suitcase, or even make a pallet bed. There are lots of ideas online! Paint and stain will make it look nice .Just make sure there are no sharp edges.
Another option is to have the kids decorate a doggy treat jar for your canine pal. Pick a simple ceramic jar or vase. A plain cookie jar is fine. The kids can use paint, stencils, or other mediums to decorate it and make it look nice.
Happy Holidays! Please reach out to us, your local vet clinic, if there is ever anything we can do for you. We are here to help!