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How Dogs See Christmas Day

Us humans understand exactly what’s going on at Christmas, but dogs don’t have a clue. It’s a time when their owners put new things up around the home, return homewith shopping bags regularly and there’s always a lot of food in the house.

We don’t often consider what Christmas day must be like for dogs. For some dogs, it can even be a little bit stressful. Here’s Christmas Day from a dog’s perspective.

There’s lots of things wrapped in paper I desperately want to destroy/chew/pull apart

Dogs see presents and instinctively want to get their paws on them. Remember to keep them well out of reach until Christmas day!

Why are my humans eating so much food and not giving it to me?

We consume a lot of food on Christmas day, and our poor doggies have to sit there watching us. Don’t give your dog Christmas food as it can be dangerous, give them some dog treats instead.

I usually get lots of attention but today my owner seems distracted

Dogs don’t get much attention on Christmas day because their owners are busy preparing Christmas dinner, eating and opening presents. Make sure your dog still gets a decent walk on Christmas day.

I am getting a bit bored because the focus is not on me

Dogs can easily get bored on Christmas day because they are often ignored in favour of opening presents and enjoying the festivities. Remember to give your dog something to do on Christmas day to keep them occupied.

What is that amazing smell coming from the food room? It smells like heaven

Just like us, dogs can smell the mouth watering aromas coming from the kitchen. They know that lots of food will soon appear. Make sure they don’t steal any food on the sly.

Why am I getting so many treats and new toys? Have I been really well behaved today?

Lots of owners don’t want to leave their dogs out when it comes to Christmas presents. Many dogs get spoiled on Christmas Day too, but they have no idea why.

All these flashing lights are making me feel dizzy

Festive lighting can be a bit much for some dogs, who get overwhelmed by flashinglights.

My owner is acting strange, what is that liquid they have been drinking all day?

Dogs also don’t understand what being drunk is, and a lot of people get a bit tipsy on Christmas day. This can confuse dogs who wonder why their owner is acting so strangely.

I have never seen so many delicious crumbs on the floor

Some dogs can act like vacuum cleaners, eating up all the crumbs that drop on the floor, and there’s likely to be lots on Christmas day.

I can smell treats on that tree, why can’t I have them now?

Many owners will actually wrap up presents specifically for their dog and put them on or under the tree. Your dog might be able to smell them and wonder why they can’t have them, or try and find a way to get to them.

Why are there more people on my territory than normal?

We often have lots of family members round on Christmas day. For some dogs, this is fine, but for others it can be a bit too hectic and overbearing.

What is that sticky stuff holding those paper things together, it’s terrifying, I want to stay away from it

Everyone knows for some reason, dogs absolutely hate sellotape. The sellotape on presents may freak them out a little on Christmas day. You might find your dog hiding in a corner whilst presents are being opened.


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