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The WAG Guide To A Safe & Happy Festive Season With Your Dog

Words by: WAG Team

Published on: December 12, 2023
The WAG Guide To A Safe & Happy Festive Season With Your Dog

It's that wonderful time of the year again. Christmas is just around the corner, and as you prepare to put up your Christmas tree and spread holiday cheer, there's one important question to ask yourself: Is your furry friend ready for the Christmas paw-ty?

At WAG, we believe every dog deserves a tail-wagging, treat-filled Christmas. So, let's embark on a journey to ensure that your canine companion has a safe and joyful festive season. 

From whether those real Christmas trees are safe for your four-legged buddy to the age-old dilemma of can dogs eat Christmas ham, we've got you covered. And of course, we'll introduce you to some fantastic gift ideas for your fur baby, including our all-natural dog treats.

importance of dog safety during the Christmas season

The importance of dog safety during the Christmas season

Before we jump into the festivities, it's crucial to understand the significance of dog safety during the holiday season. While Christmas brings joy, it also brings some potential hazards for our furry friends. So, let's unwrap the secrets to a safe and happy Christmas for your dog.

Are real Christmas trees safe for dogs?

Ah, the smell of a real Christmas tree! It's a fragrance that instantly transports you to the heart of the festive season. But for dog owners, there's often a lingering concern: Are real Christmas trees safe for our canine companions?

The good news is, real trees are generally safe for dogs. However, a few precautions can go a long way in ensuring their safety. Keep those ornaments and tinsel out of paws' reach, secure the tree so it doesn't topple over if your dog decides to investigate, and be cautious with tree water additives, as some may be harmful if ingested. With these tips in mind, you and your dog can enjoy the beauty of a real Christmas tree without any worries (make sure to snap a few pics!). 

Are real Christmas trees safe for dogs

Can dogs eat Christmas ham?

One of the greatest debates of the holiday season revolves around the feast on the table. And your dog, with those puppy-dog eyes, might be hoping for a share of the Christmas ham. But can dogs eat Christmas ham?

While ham itself isn't toxic to dogs, it's high in salt and can lead to digestive issues and other health problems if consumed in excess. Plus, the bones can be a choking hazard. Although a tiny bit is unlikely to do your dog any harm, there are better ways to treat your dog this Christmas. 

Instead of sharing your ham, opt for dog-friendly treats and special dog-safe meals. Consider whipping up a homemade doggy feast or indulging your pet with high-quality, safe treats like WAG's all-natural dog treats.

What to get a dog for Christmas

Now that we've covered the safety aspects, let's dive into the fun part – gifts! Our furry friends deserve to be spoiled during the holidays just like the rest of the family. But what should you get your dog for Christmas?


Dogs love toys! Whether it's a squeaky plushie, a durable chew toy, or an interactive puzzle, a new toy can provide hours of entertainment for your pup.


Treats are a universal language for dogs. Consider gifting them a variety of tasty treats, like WAG's natural dog treats, made from high-quality ingredients with no nasties. We have some delicious Christmas options available - including our Festive Treat Tin, Collagen Candy Cane and Kangaroo King Tail

What to get a dog for Christmas

Cosy bed

A comfortable, plush bed is a gift your dog will appreciate year-round. After all, who doesn't love a good snooze after all the Christmas excitement? If you’re noticing your dog’s current bed is looking a little bit worse for wear, it might be the perfect time for an upgrade.

Adventure gear

If your pup loves the great outdoors, consider gifts like a stylish leash, a sturdy harness, on-the-go water bottle, or a reflective collar for evening walks.

Doggy spa day

Hey, not all dogs hate the bath! If you know that your pup loves being pampered, treat them to a spa day with grooming, a bath, and a little extra pampering. They'll look and feel their best for the holiday season.

Tips for including your dog in holiday festivities

Here are some tips to make Christmas extra special for your four-legged family member:

Create a safe space

The festive season is full of lots of comings and goings, and particularly if you’re hosting, your home will experience a lot more foot traffic than usual! For some dogs, this can be overwhelming. Set up a comfortable, quiet space where your dog can retreat if they get overwhelmed by the holiday festivities. Our Calming Functional Jerky is great for soothing nervous pooches.

Dog-friendly decorations

Consider pet-friendly decorations that won't harm your dog if they decide to investigate.

Maintain routine

Stick to your dog's regular schedule as closely as possible to minimise stress during the holidays.


Ensure your dog gets enough exercise and mental stimulation to prevent restlessness. It's a great opportunity to hit the dog beach if you have some time off over the festive season.

Healthy treats

Treat your dog to healthy, delicious snacks like WAG's natural dog treats, specially designed for their enjoyment. Particularly if they are feeling overwhelmed, a long lasting chew treat like a Kanagroo King Tail or Bully Stick is ideal to keep them happy and occupied for hours. 

Healthy treats

Have a very Merry WAG Christmas!

As you wind down for the year, bake gingerbread cookies, and light up your Christmas tree, don’t forget to consider your canine companion this festive season. 

At WAG, we're all about spreading love and joy, especially to our four-legged friends. Our natural dog treats are made with love and care, using high-quality ingredients.

We believe that the best gifts are those that are not only thoughtful but also beneficial for your dog's well-being.

By choosing our natural dog treats this Christmas, you're not just giving your dog a delicious treat; you're also promoting their health and happiness. Our treats are free from artificial additives and preservatives, making them a wholesome choice for your furry companion.

Explore our range of natural dog treats online, or check them out at Petstock, Petbarn and other independent pet retailers. From all of us here at WAG, have a very Merry Christmas!