holidays and dogsHolidays and Dogs, do they go together? Do you spend holidays with your dog? Of course you do, they are a part of our family!

With Winter holidays quickly approaching, this is the perfect time to talk about holidays and dogs. Things can go smoothly for you and your dog if you prepare.


Lots and lots of yummy food to eat. I know, you want to share the holidays and food with your dog. I do too! We need to careful of what we feed our dog to keep them healthy and well.

Don’t forget about family members and friends who will be tempted to feed your dog a few bites of food. Ask them not to feed your dog any human food.

Explain that after everyone eats, your dog will get a few bites of healthy human food with their dog food to avoid upsetting your dog’s digestive system.

What is good for your dog?

I’m going to keep this list very short because your dog needs to stay on their regular diet to avoid upset stomachs and intestinal problems.

My dog will get a few bites of turkey and sweet potatoes added to her regular food. I will also give her a few treats of turkey or sweet potato, but just a bite.

  • Turkey, without skin and gravy
  • Pumpkin, without spices
  • Sweet Potato, without spices

What is bad for your Dog?

Then, there are foods your dog should not eat. They can make your dog very sick, depending on what they eat and how much of it they eat. A small amount could be detrimental to a small dog so be very careful.

Make sure your dog can’t get into your trash can where they could get food scraps, bones, and other things like aluminum foil. Holidays are not fun with a sick dog! Check out these 12 foods that dogs should NOT eat.

  • garlicTurkey bones are a choking hazard for your dog
  • Stuffing
  • Gravy
  • Sugar
  • Dairy Products
  • Almonds
  • Cherries
  • Onions and Garlic
  • Grapes and Raisins
  • Alcohol
  • Caffeine

If you are not sure if a food is safe for your dog, research it before giving it to your dog. There are healthy human foods that you can give your dog as a treat that you can see here. Remember that these foods are meant to be given as a small treat.

Create some treats for your dog!

Healthy Peanut Butter Cookies

These gluten-free peanut butter cookies are healthy for your dog and you. They contain fiber, protein, Omega-3, Calcium, Potassium, iron, antioxidants, and B vitamins just from the chia seeds.


  • 1/3 cup coconut flour
  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil

Place the chia seeds in a small bowl with the 3 tablespoons of water. Sit aside for 15 minutes. It will turn into a gel like substance.

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Once the chia seeds have turned into a gel, mix the peanut butter, egg, and coconut oil together. Slowly add the coconut flour, mixing thoroughly.

I take about a tablespoon of the dough and roll into a ball. Then I flatten the balls with the bottom of a glass to about 1/4” thick. If you have a small dog you can make the balls smaller but still flatten to ¼” thick.

You could also roll them out if you want to. Sprinkle the dough lightly with flour and roll out to a 1/4” thick. Cut into any shape that you want.

Bake for 18 minutes or until golden brown. Cool the cookies completely. Store in an air tight container or a sealing plastic bag. I use freezer bags because they are sturdier and they can also be frozen. Keep in the refrigerator because there are no added preservatives.

Other Tips

Keep your routine as normal as possible. Dogs like routines because they know what to expect during their day. Make sure they get enough exercise to release their energy each day.

holidays poinsettiaKeep your dog away from plants that are poisonous to dogs, such as holly, mistletoe, and poinsettia. Ingesting these plants could cause vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal pain. If your dog ingests a large amount they could have seizures and/or death.

Avoid using glass ornaments on your Christmas tree. They could fall and break on the floor where your dog could step on it cutting themselves. Or worse, they could eat it.

Avoid edible ornaments such as stringed popcorn and candy canes. This will be to tempting for your dog and you will most likely end up with a tree on the floor and a sick dog.

If you have a Christmas tree and your dog likes the tree a little too much, consider placing a small tree on a table. Be extra careful with a live tree as needles from a live tree can cause injury to your dog if eaten.

My dog doesn’t bother the tree, but she sure knows which presents are hers and she will open them if I don’t keep them in a place that she can’t get to.

As you can see, you can enjoy the holidays with your dog if you prepare! Keep things that are dangerous to your dog out of reach. Share some yummy treats with your dog and enjoy the holidays together!

Leave a comment below and let us know how you will be spending the holidays with your dog? The information on this website is not intended to replace the advice of your own veterinarian, dog trainer, or dog behavioral specialist.