At the peak of the holidays, we all have a little less time to spend with our Frenchie. We are chasing gifts, running errands, organizing events while he has no clue about what is going on around him. Our pets don’t know anything about Christmas and the holidays. All they sense is that the owners are more stressed and busy than usual. They might feel frustrated by this, but you can reconcile him by spending quality time beneath the Christmas tree. Read our tips on how to make this holiday season more memorable for both of you!
Decorate your Frenchie’s spot
You are decorating your living room, your tree, your porch… Why not decorate his favorite spot too? It’s a lovely idea, but always be sure that he cannot chew and swallow anything harmful or dangerous. You can build a cardboard gingerbread house above his bed or lace some garlands around his place. But always remember, safety comes first! We already wrote about how to keep Frenchies away from danger during the holidays.
Teach your Frenchie a new trick
Frenchies are amazing at learning new tricks. This year you could teach him to fetch a present! How fun would it be if your Frenchie delivers the gifts, right?! When fetch is already going well, you can even raise the bar and teach him to give a present to a specific person. In this case, you need to teach him the names of your family members and the “give” command that will be extremely useful in the future when your dog grabs something he shouldn’t.
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Drive your Frenchie around to watch the holiday lights
Some neighbors love to decorate their homes. This makes the whole neighborhood look like a Hallmark movie scene. Huge Santa figures, reindeers and sleds, snowmen and angels are everywhere, all made of thousands and thousands of lights. This site is not only exciting for us but for dogs, too! If you live in a neighborhood like this, take your French bulldog for a long walk and let him enjoy watching the lights. If you live a bit further, driving him around is a good option. Some house owners even let you drive through their yard, so you don’t even have to get out of your car on a cold evening.
Take some festive photos
We cannot emphasize enough that Frenchies are family members, and we should treat them the same. It’s a good idea to include them in the family photos. They bring joy to the pictures, especially if wearing some warm, festive jacket or headbands. You can also take individual photos of him dressed up and upload the pictures to our Facebook group to enter our Christmas Contest by using the #christmascontest2021 hashtag.
Make Frenchie-themed ornaments
Creating any French bulldog-themed Christmas ornaments is a lot of fun, and your baby can help you all along. You can create holiday cards with footprints on them. Watercolor paints are safe to use, but we recommend you clean them off right away if you want to avoid dog footprints all over your home. Salt dough ornaments both work as gifts and as Christmas tree ornaments. They last long and can easily be personalized. You can paint them to any color and write a heartwarming message on the back. If you use them as tree ornaments, we recommend hanging them high so your Frenchie cannot chew them.
Make a delicious dog dinner
Once Christmas eve arrives, we can finally sit down to eat with the family. You can make the dinner special for your Frenchie if you cook him an exquisite dish. In this article, you find our favorite recipe, turkey thigh with chia seeds. Or you can surprise your Frenchie with a Christmas sock full of delicious homemade treats!
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Record your Frenchie opening his gifts
Whatever you give as a gift to your baby dog, we are sure he will love it! Frenchies are like kids. They love to open presents (or any box or bag, in fact). Does he have a favorite material he loves to tear apart? Use that to wrap his gift and make a video of him opening it! This short video will remain for you as a beautiful memory.
Watch holiday movies with your Frenchie
It’s time to rest and cuddle up in front of the TV! Watching a holiday movie starring dogs provides some time for both of you to snuggle after the big holiday rush. He will be grateful to you for spending some time together in peace.
Donate your Frenchie’s unused toys to dog shelters
Some dogs are less fortunate than yours and have no owners, no toys, no blankets. We are sure your Frenchie has lots of items that he barely touches. You can hit two birds with one stone by donating these items to dogs in need. At the same time, you will free up some space in your home!
We wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!
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