When it comes to sending Season’s Greetings, the best Christmas cards include the furry family members. And, as if it wasn’t hard enough to get everyone together for your holiday photo, including your pets adds even more of a challenge. Whether they’re full of energy, need to stay on a leash, or they see a squirrel, there are many obstacles to overcome in order to capture a picture-perfect moment. Although you may be unsure about wrangling your dog into the Christmas portrait this year, once you get the shot, you’ll realize all the slobbery licks to the face were worth it. As you gear up for the holidays, use these Christmas card ideas with dogs along with our top tips and tricks to get the paws-itively perfect family Christmas photos.
Dog Christmas Card Ideas And Tips
Taking a Christmas card photo with adults is one thing, but throwing kids and dogs into the mix can make things much more difficult. However, there are plenty of ways to capture festive photos of your tail-waggers. You just have to get creative. Including everything from outfit ideas, photoshoot locations and tips for getting and keeping your dog’s attention, these are some of the best solutions for taking family photos with your dog.
1. Wear Comfy And Coordinated Clothes.
Before you pose for the camera, you should plan out what your family will be wearing for your Christmas photos. First and foremost, make sure that everyone is wearing clothes that they’re comfortable in and that they don’t mind getting a little dirty. Chances are someone will have to wrangle the dog at some point so just make sure that your outfits aren’t ones that need to be dry cleaned. There’s something about color coordinating outfits that really ties everything together. If your family is planning on wearing similar colors or patterns, get the same colored accessory for your dog. Even if it’s just a bow or bandana, adding a festive piece to your dog’s attire will make for a very cute touch.
2. Dress Fido For The Occasion.
If you feel like only adding an accessory isn’t going to do the trick, you can also dress your dog up for the photos. Make sure you avoid putting your dog in something that might harm them or cause any sort of discomfort. Play it safe with reindeer antlers, a Santa hat, or an ugly Christmas sweater, if they’re comfortable with it. Just remember that if your puppy isn’t comfortable there is no way you’ll get the shot. You should also avoid wrapping your dog in Christmas lights or putting him or her in a stocking.
3. Stick Close To Home.
On a day that’s filled with capturing special moments and a whole lot of love, a destination photoshoot location may sound appealing. Although, when you’re including your four-legged friends in your photos it can be beneficial to stay closer to home. Your dog is used to his or her daily routine and sticking to where there are familiar smells and surroundings will make it easier for your pup to listen to your commands. Plus, you may even be able to take some shots of your dog off the leash, which will be sure to unleash a whole lot of holiday cheer.
4. Get Your Dog Tired Before The Shoot.
No matter how calm your puppy may be, it’s still going to be difficult to get him or her to stand still with everyone gathered around. Dogs are a smart breed and will most likely pick up on all of the excitement. With everyone all in one place, it could be easy for your dog to mistake the Christmas photoshoot for playtime. Before you take your Christmas card photo, wear your dog out by going for a walk or playing a game of tug-o-war.
5. How To Get And Keep Fido’s Attention.
Consider your dog’s personality when it comes to getting him or her to look at the camera. Having a squeaky toy or something that they want on set could be the perfect distraction for your dog. Most dogs are food-driven so it won’t hurt to keep a couple of extra treats in your pocket. You know your dog better than anyone else so go with what you think will work best. If you’re unsure, set up a trial run and see what you can do to keep your puppy’s attention.
If you have someone behind the camera it will make it easier to get your dog to look at the camera lens. Just have the photographer keep a toy or treat near the lens.
If you are using a tripod to get your Christmas card shot, designate someone to be in charge of getting your dog’s pose ready while everyone else says cheese.
6. Don’t Forget To Take Breaks.
Don’t put the toys or tug-o-war rope away after the pre-photoshoot playtime and don’t expect your dog to keep full attention for a whole hour. If you get to take photos for ten minutes, you’re doing great. Set up the shot with praise and treats and after you take a couple of frames, let your dog go crazy. Dogs will be dogs, so remember to have patience.
7. Be Prepared To Take Lots Of Photos.
Have your photographer take as many photos as possible. Or, if you’re taking your Christmas photos yourself, make sure to set the self-timer a handful of times. You never know which click may end up with the perfect candid shot and most of the time, the best photos are the ones that aren’t posed.
Family Christmas Card Picture Ideas With Dogs
There are many different ways to incorporate your dog into the family Christmas card this year. Use the following Christmas card picture ideas with dogs to help you get the perfect photo. When it comes to your family holiday card photo, if there’s one thing that’s for sure, it is that your furry friend needs to be included. Use the following photo ideas to help you decide how you will incorporate Fido in the family holiday photos.
8. Ready For A Close-Up.
If you have a small dog, pick up your pooch and take advantage of getting warm and snuggly with him or her. On the other hand, if you have a 100 pound Labrador Retriever, don’t attempt to pick him or her up instead, just lean down and get close.
9. Have Your Dog On A Leash With The Family.
If your dog is a little more on the hyper side or if you are taking your Christmas photos at a location that your dog isn’t used to, then it is a good idea to keep him or her on a leash.
10. Use His Or Her Natural Habitat As A Backdrop.
Taking your photos somewhere your four-legged friend is used to will surely make your pup more comfortable with the camera and all of the excitement. When it comes to location, think backyard, inside the house or a nearby park you frequent often.
11. Use All The Photos You Can Fit.
Choose a dog Christmas card that allows you to add multiple photos. If you already have the perfect solo shot of your pup you would like to include in your custom Christmas card then select a card that features multiple photos. This way, you’ll be able to add the family photos you took and also solo shots of the furriest member.
12. Try For An Action Shot In The Snow.
Nothing says, “Happy Holidays!” quite like a dog dashing through the snow. Action shots can sometimes be the easiest to get since you aren’t trying to keep your dog’s attention or get him or her to sit still and look at the camera. If you live in an area where it doesn’t snow, try out the sand. There’s nothing quite like a beach-themed Christmas card.
13. Have Your Pooch Represent The Whole Family.
If for some reason your family can’t all be in the same place at once to get a Holiday photo, you can send a photo of your dog from everyone.
14. Try A Unique Angle.
Try taking the photo from a new and interesting angle. For example, taking a photo from above to showcase ta Christmas wrapping covered floor would make an excellent holiday card idea. Or get down to their level and take a dog’s eye view photo.
15. Present Them With A New Toy.
Highlight the Christmas spirit in your dog’s eyes by giving them a new toy. Take the photo right as the see the gift or as they begin to play with it. Your pup is sure to show some serious gratitude, making it the perfect Christmas photo.
16. Give Them A Sign.
For an extra cute prop, give your pooch a sign to hold up. Whether it says “Merry Christmas!” or “Time to fetch some presents,” your loved ones are sure to love receiving the photos as a Christmas card.
17. Get Silly.
Don’t be afraid to show off the silly side of your pooch. Dress them in an ugly Christmas sweater, pose them in an old-fashioned photoshoot, and capture all the funny expressions they’re sure to make.
Dog Christmas Card Sayings
If you are including your dog in your Christmas card photo you can also go one step further and top of your Christmas messages off with a few dog Christmas card sayings. These are some of the cutest and funniest Christmas card messages that all of your recipients will appreciate. Mix and match these dog-friendly greetings with a few of your own words for a very hairy Christmas sentiment.
We Woof You a Hairy Christmas!
Merry Christmas from our Pack to your Pack.
Have a fetching Christmas!
Unleash the holiday cheer this Christmas!
Have a paws-itively amazing Christmas.
Sending you pugs and kisses this Christmas
Canine I just say…you’re the best!
Paws a moment this Christmas to reflect on what the season is all about!
Merry Christmas. Hope it’s not too ruff!
Hounding you to have a Merry Christmas!
Dog bless you this Christmas!
Sending you all our puppy love this Christmas!
Happy howlidays! Hope Santa Paws brings you lots of treats.
Santa’s little yelper wants to wish you a Merry Christmas.
Have a warm and fuzzy holiday!
Wishing you Peace, Love, and Licks!
Johnson Family Tails of 2016
Have a Doggone Christmas!
I’ll do anything for a Cookie.
Deck the Paws.
Wreck the Halls!
Fur you, From us.
Yappy Holidays and a Happy New Year
It’s never chew late to wish you a Happy Holidays.
Resources Related To Dog Christmas Cards
Pets are a special part of your family and your holiday cards should reflect that. These pet Christmas card ideas and tips will not only help you make your Christmas card unique but also make it a lot easier to achieve the Christmas photos you envisioned. Once you’ve got the perfect shot, send out your perfect Christmas card to show off your furry friend for all to see.
From the protective ‘superhero’ to the dependent ‘sneak’, experts have revealed what your pet’s favourite sleeping position reveals about their personality.
British animal behaviourist, Professor Peter Neville, shared his insights after a study from pet wellbeing website Itchpet.com revealed two-thirds of owners share their bed with their dog or cat.
He said: ‘When choosing their sleeping positions, our pets are broadly seeking to maintain and enhance their close protecting bond with us, rather than any desire to control us or monopolise territory.
‘But they do cleverly learn to use their appeal and warm benefits they bring to us to train us to meet their individual night-time needs and desires and to shift our sleeping habits to accommodate theirs.’
Here, a closer look at the 10 most popular pet sleeping positions and what they say about your furry friend…
1. The Faithful
Lies at the foot of your bed by your feet
Restless sleeper: Dogs and cats at the end of the bed want to keep an easy escape route
While this seems like the actions of a dutiful and worshipping dog, you are of course horizontal in bed and so there is no respectful acknowledging posturing here.
More likely is that you are a restless sleeper and this is as close as he or she can be to you while keeping an easy escape route.
2. The Knee Nuzzle
Nestles in the bend of your legs as you lie in the foetal position
Handing over responsibility: This cozy position allows pets to totally relax and sleep like a baby
Warmth and all-enveloping security are the key attractions here as you all curl up in that ‘artificial womb’ together. This pet can be more than happy to hand over all responsibility for their well-being to you as if they are a puppy or kitten again.
In this perfectly protected environment, they don’t need to make any more decisions and literally sleep like a baby.
3. The Donut Divider
Curls up in a ball between your legs
Complete quiet: A cat or dog snuggled in this way is able to ‘sound-proof’ their sleep
Smaller pets can enjoy the comforting slight compression of your legs on either side and blankets above and below, provided you stay still of course.
Both cats and dogs are able to hear far higher frequencies of sound that are ‘ultra-sonic’ to us, so by getting themselves in a sound-proofed warm ‘bubble’ bordered by our legs can help protect them from any unwanted noises that might disturb them.
4. The Wall
In between you and your partner
Centre of attention: This position could suggest the pet is closer to one partner than the other
This position might be an innocent warmth and security choice from your pet, but there may be an element of strategy here too.
A dog, or sometimes a cat, that is especially bonded to one partner might just be keeping the other at distance and is trying to ensure that he or she gets whatever attention might be on offer.
5. The Pillow Bandit
Takes over the entire pillow
Needy: A Pillow Bandit wants to be in prime position so that you see them when you wake up
A less likely position if you snore, this position is usually the preserve of smaller dogs and cats who find the extra softness. As soon as the Pillow Bandit wakes, they will usually insist on waking you up too.
Your face is immediately accessible to be targeted with a rub or a lick to ensure that breakfast is delivered pronto.
6. The Under-Cover Lover
Under the duvet
Close bond: A dog or cat under the covers will be enveloped in your ‘common smell’
It’s the ultimate in dark safe dens to hide away in a reassuring warm heap where body smells and pheromones combine to create a comforting ‘scent fug’.
Cats and dogs are notoriously indifferent of their owners breaking wind and this paradoxically might add to the security of an enveloping ‘common scent’ in sleeping under the duvet.
Just as some people sleep better under weighted blankets, some dogs also relax better if they are lightly compressed by bedcovers.
7. The Cuddle Bug
Cuddles you in the crook of your arm
Seeking reassurance: A Cuddle Bug can feel the reassurance of your heartbeat
This gets the pet closer to your face where he or she can probably feel the reassurance of your heartbeat, while yet also affording a quick escape route to other parts of the bed or to the floor if you turn or alter position in your sleep.
The Cuddle Bug may also aspire to being a fully-fledged Pillow Bandit, and this position may just be a short reaffirming step in their process of training you to accept and enjoy their advancing expectations.
8. The Sneak
Inches further up the bed to get closer to your head
Dependent: The Sneak crawls towards the pillow in search of your reassuring breathing
Often also with aspirations to become a Pillow Bandit, the Sneak is probably quite a dependent soul who loves nothing more than to rest and snooze ever closer to your face where he can feel your heartbeat and hear your gentle breathing while you sleep.
9. The Superhero
Sprawls out on their belly next to you
Protector: A superhero at the end of the bed is ready to move at the sign of any disturbance
This may be a bit of a compromise position by dogs – and only very rarely by cats – who want to keep close secure contact with you for a while and enjoy being petted on the head and massaged down their backs as you relax, but which prevents them from overheating if your bed is very warm.
It may also be that the Superhero chooses this splayed position rather than curling up or stretching out so they are increasingly ready to look after you if there are disturbances at night. Your welfare is their welfare after all.
10. The Octopus
Sprawled out in the middle of the bed and you’re right on the edge
Taking advantage: This pet knows how nice you are and that you would do anything for them
A very common position for many pet owners to find themselves in in the morning. The pet starts out nicely sharing bed space with their loving owner, but gradually expands occupancy of the bed during the night, perhaps to get more comfortable and dissipate heat if you are too warm.
This pet knows how nice you are, taking advantage of your good nature as you move to accommodate them as they steadily stretch out in your half-awake state and shove you, ever so gently, to the side.
Read the full article by the Daily Mail Online here
Your dog is a good boy, and he deserves a good costume.
By Kara Thompson, Oct. 15, 2019
Dogs: they’re better than people, in nearly every measurable way. Friendlier? Always. Fluffier? You bet.
But perhaps most impressive of all, our canine companions can work an outfit better than any model on the runway. That goes double for costumes, when a dog’s cuteness raises the appeal of any princess get-up by approximately one thousand percent.
So this Halloween, let your pup do what they do best: rock a costume. Trick-or-treat as a duo, or let your dog dress up all by himself. Here, 14 of the best Halloween looks for man’s best friend.
The now-iconic Downton Abbey credits begin with a somewhat unusual image. Viewers of the popular series are introduced to life at the estate by a man and his dog walking toward the stately manor house.
Throughout the series, Lord Grantham’s love of dogs was evident, and in the final season, he received a new pup named Teo from his mother, the Dowager Countess.
In the clip, Benji runs through Highclere Castle, the real life home which serves as Downton Abby, and you see him greeting Hugh Bonneville (who plays Lord Grantham), Michelle Dockery (Lady Mary), Allen Leech (Tom Branson), and Elizabeth McGovern (Cora).
McGovern seems perhaps most excited to see the pup on set. The footage also reveals exactly what a working film set looks like, with a huge number of people and equipment.
Watch it here:
For a more dignified view of Teo, take a look at these posters, one of which was specifically designed for International Dog Day:
Click here to read the full article from Town & Country Magazine
Congratulations! You’ve married someone who loves dogs just as much as you do. The reception’s over and it’s time to take the trip of a lifetime. If you included your dog in your ceremony, what better way to keep your new family together than by bringing them along? Then again, is it really a good idea to take the dog on your honeymoon?
I recently got married and had to make this very decision. Here’s the pros and cons list that helped me decide.
Pro tip: if you’re already sure your dog isn’t a good traveler, it’s easy to find a loving pet sitter and hit the road happy.
Pros of Taking Your Dog on Your Honeymoon
Sharing the Journey
Your dog is your best friend, your confidant, and a big part of your newly-formed family. Bringing them on your honeymoon means that you get to share this special trip with them.
Exploring Dog-Friendly Destinations
It’s easier than ever to find dog-friendly vacation spots and meet other dog lovers. In many places dogs are welcome not only in hotels, but restaurants and public spaces too. It might just be reconnaissance for another pet-friendly vacation in the future.
You know you’ll take tons of photos on your honeymoon, and they’ll be extra special if they include your dog. And who are we kidding? There’ll probably be more photos of the dog than of you two.
Taking an extended trip is a great way to give your dog a change of scene. Plus, talk about bonding time.
Cons of Bringing Your Dog on Your Honeymoon
Places that are pet-friendly may charge extra fees for cleaning, potential property damage, and noise control. Do your research on pet fees and extra cleanup charges.
You’ve spent a ton of time planning the perfect wedding and honeymoon. Traveling with your furry friend means not only finding pet-friendly places to stay, it also means bringing their food, medications, and other important possessions (you can’t leave home without your favorite tennis ball).
Limited to Dog-Friendly Destinations
Though you love spending time with your pup, there may be times during the trip where they can’t be right by your side. Not every place is dog-friendly, and hotels may have rules about leaving Fido unattended.
Is Your Pup A Good Traveler?
Some dogs are homebodies, some are adventurers. Assess your dog’s level of anxiety before bringing them on your trip (and think about whether you’re flying or driving). You want all three of you to have fun and be comfortable on all legs of the trip.
When my husband and I got married we seriously considered bringing Lana with us; the appeal of the bonding time was strong. However, she’s a terrible traveler and wouldn’t have had fun on our extended road trip.
Instead, we opted to leave her with a loving pet sitter from Rover. It saved us all stress. Lana had a blast and we did too!