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Do dogs know it's Christmas?

A million reasons make Christmas one of the best times of the year - carols, presents, festive decors, long-time-no-see guests to name a few. But about your dog? Does he know it's Christmas time? It's quite unlikely for your dog to know it's Christmas but dogs do understand patterns quite well. They put together settings & associations and assume that this might happen again in the future. In the case of Christmas, it can be the decor changes, the presence of people they haven't met before, joyful music, flashing lights, etc.


We don’t often consider what Christmas day must be like for dogs and how they put up settings and associations, as mentioned above. Your dog can either consider Christmas as an exciting celebration or can consider it quite stressful.

Here we've come up what your fur-baby's Christmas perspective might be and the things about it that they probably look forward to every year.


"There are a lot of things wrapped in colorful wrappers and I can't wait to chew and pull them apart." Your fur-baby can see those presents beautifully wrapped under the Christmas tree and they wonder what those are. As a curious animal, your dog desperately wants to get his paws on them and find out what's inside those pretty boxes. Keep in mind to keep those presents out of your fur-baby's reach, well, at least until Christmas Day.

"So much food but nobody's giving me any." What is Christmas without the food? And when we say food, our fur-baby's just seem to always be first in the line. But as much as you'd love to give him his share of human Christmas food, your fur-baby will just have to stare, sit there, and watch you while you're eating. Christmas food can be dangerous for him, especially the ones that include bones that might splinter and injure his GI tract and the ones that can poison him like grapes and chocolates.

"I need ear rubs and belly rubs but mom and dad appear to be busy." Christmas Day requires so much of our time preparing dinner, fixing last-minute decor touch-ups, welcoming guests, and opening presents that we seem to forget our fur-babies. But even with all the hustle and bustle, always make sure to still keep watch of your dog's activities and whereabouts as he might try to escape or do things that are dangerous, like rummaging the trash bin and gnawing on those electric cords. To make sure he's safe, keep him inside a crate or place him inside a quiet room, providing him enough food, fresh water, and Gnawtlers® to keep him occupied. You can also let your dog wear Pet Parents® washable diapers so he can pee or poop whenever he wants to without having to go outside (just remember to change it every 4 hours or when you think it's already full).

"I'm getting new toys??? Wow!" When it comes to Christmas presents, our fur-babies are definitely on top of our Nice List (even if they are naughty sometimes haha!) Christmas and the holidays are just one of the days our dogs should get spoiled.

"Mom, dad, and the liquid they are drinking all day." Your fur-baby doesn't know what getting tipsy is and so he perceives you to be acting a little strange. This will confuse your fur-baby and wonder why you're all suddenly so weird. But even if you're all tipsy and enjoying the company of alcohol, make sure your fur-baby does not have the chance to drink any alcohol, too. Alcohol can cause vomiting, diarrhea, hypothermia, and a critical case of metabolic acidosis in your fur-baby.

"So many people I have never seen before." It is during Christmas Day and the holidays that we get to see our family members and our close friends once again. For some dogs, visitors are totally fine. But for others, it can be too stressful. Consider providing your fur-baby with Pet Parents® Dog Calming Supplement. This will help your dog feel calm, relaxed, and will help your fur-baby maintain a relaxed disposition.


Here are the following things that your fur-baby might probably look forward to every year at Christmas time.

The Snow! Snow (in some places all around the world) symbolizes the beginning of winter and the holiday. And most dogs have been waiting whole year long for the snowflakes to finally hit the ground to play and rollover. Nordic breeds who were bred to survive in snowy conditions like the retrievers and the huskies tend to like snow more compared to dogs with thin coats

The Attention. The visitor-loving dogs will love all the attention, cuddles, belly rubs they will get from your dog-loving guests. What a treat!

The Presents. Who doesn't love presents in the holidays? Even our fur-babies do! A new toy? A new collar? A new bed? Whatever that your gift to your dog may be, your fur-baby simply can't say no.

Quality time with family. Christmas is all about family and there's no better season to bond with each other, cuddle, and show each other how much family means to you. Because, really, that is what Christmas must be all about.

To answer, your dog basically does not know it's Christmas but they do get familiar with the changes, the settings, the patterns, and the repetitions and sometimes, oh how they wish Christmas happens every day! And it's fun to get them involved with the celebrations at home, too (particularly considering how your fur-baby responds to all the hubbubs).


Help your fur-baby have a Merry Christmas by providing him with all the necessary Pet Parents® products so that the both of you can equip yourselves for happier and healthier holidays ahead.

From all of us at Pet Parents®, we wish you and your fur-baby a Merry Christmas... in advance!

The Author:


Micka Virtudazo is a full-time content creator at Pet Parents who lives with thirteen adorable American Bullies and a Shih Tzu-Maltese mix named Gretel. She especially enjoys writing how-to articles as she feels through this she can connect to other pet parents on a more personal level.

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