Now that the holidays are over, your vacation time is done, your four legged friend is back at home alone. They may have the “after holiday blues” and wonder why he gets the short end of the stick literally. Everyone was so happy and friendly for a couple weeks, then boom….the house is empty, that good smelling tree is gone, all that good food he/she was smelling each day is gone, all the pats and extra loving….gone!
Here are some ideas to snap them out of the “after holiday blues,” and tips to spoil your dog:
- Doggy Date – Take your pet out for the day! Here are a few places you can go: the groomers for a spa day, doggy daycare, the pet store, the dog park, the vet for a social visit, the lake for swimming, play-date with the neighbor’s dog or a family member’s dog, or a nice walk! Your dog will love this day full of field trips! Tip: leave your cell phone in your pocket so your dog has your undivided attention.
- Quality Time – Spend time with your pet! Whether this means extra cuddles, playing a game, or going out- your pet will love just having a lot of time with you! You may even want to spend some of this time teaching your pet a new trick!
- Accessories – If your pet’s in need of some new accessories, consider spoiling your pooch with these retail therapy items: Collar, leash, harness, car seat, carrier, bed, food dish, or water dish.
- Riding – Take your dog for a ride! What dog doesn’t enjoy a breezy car ride? Take a short drive around the neighborhood — or better yet, to the pet store for a new toy or a special treat. Open all the windows and let your dog sniff the wind as it fills the car.
- Eating – Choose your favorite dog-friendly restaurant and take your best friend out for a quiet dinner for two. You can go as upscale or as low-brow as you want. The time together (and select scraps of people food) will be spoiling enough for your best friend.
About the Blogger
Danielle Salice is a pet lover, and Boxer dog aficionado— she has owned three boxers during her adult life (CarlySue, AbbySue and Capone). She also has a penchant for German Shepherds, which was her family’s breed of choice growing up. Danielle is active in the animal welfare industry and currently volunteers at Last Chance at Life, All Breed Rescue and Adoptions. Danielle became a PetFirst Pet Insurance policyholder in 2009 and has been a pet insurance advocate ever since.