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Deck The Halls With DIY Pet Decorations

Looking for fun ways incorporate your pet into your holiday decorations this season? Thanks to Pinterest, we’ve compiled a list of cute, easy DIY ideas for a pet-themed Christmas!

Salt Dough Ornaments

Simple salt dough ornament. What a great way to include your pet in the festivities!



  1. Combine all the ingredients. If the dough seems too dry, add more water.
  2. Split the dough into several parts.
  3. Shape the dough and place on a baking sheet (or oven safe plate), covered with parchment paper. I smoothed the top of the dough out by laying parchment paper on top and rubbing my hands on it.
  4. Gently push either a foot, hand, paw, etc into the dough circles.
  5. Use a knife to cut clean edges around imprint if you would like
  6. make a hole in the top of the ornament with the straw
  7. Bake at 200°F for 3-6 hours until dry.
  8. Allow to cool.
  9. (Optional) Paint with acrylic paint.

Peanut Christmas Garland

Even though this picture doesn’t show an actual dog decoration, if you take the antlers off the reindeer, it looks strikingly similar to a dog! View the tutorial here.














Candy Cane Dog Treats

Photo and recipe found on Pinterest.

Who says dogs can’t have candy canes? Not only are these super cute, but they’re so fun to create!

3 cups whole wheat flour
½ cup powdered milk
1 cup chicken broth
2 large eggs (set one aside for egg wash)
1 tsp. Peppermint oil
red food coloring (optional)

Baking Directions.







Photo & recipe from Buzzfeed.

Homemade Treats In A Jar

Dear cookies-in-a-jar,

Welcome to the dog world.

Treat Ingredients:

2 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup rolled oats
1 tablespoon dried or 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley (this helps give doggies fresh breath)
½ cup nonfat dry (powdered) milk
½ teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
1 cup peanut butter
½ cup or more cold water

Read the directions for Buzzfeed here. There is also a jar decorating tutorial on the same page. Fa-la-la-la-la!



Guide To Perfect Holiday Pet Photo

Last, but not least, you can’t forget about snapping some Kodak moments this Christmas! Whether you want to show off your dog on social media or get holiday pictures printed, this guide will help you get the best shots.

Infographic by Vetstreet


Want more holiday fun? Check out these blogs.

5 Dog Treat Recipes For The Holiday Season 

3 Ways To Give Back This Holiday Season


About Lacey Guck

Lacey handles product marketing at dogIDs, where she writes website content and manages social media. She has two family Golden Retrievers named Bailey and Cooper, and she volunteers at a local dog rescue in Fargo, ND. In her free time, Lacey enjoys performing as a vocalist and piano accompanist.