Prepping Your Dog for Holiday Parties

Prepping Your Dog for Holiday Parties

The holiday season is upon us, which means festive gatherings, twinkling lights, and joyful celebrations! As you plan your holiday parties, don’t forget to include your four-legged friend in the festivities. Prepping your dog for holiday parties ensures everyone, including your furry companion, has a bark-tastic time! Here’s a guide to help you make your pup the life of the party and ensure a pawsitively delightful experience for all!

Prepping Your Dog for Holiday Parties

Grooming Glam

First, start the party preparations with a spa day for your Lab! A clean and well-groomed dog not only looks adorable but is also more likely to be welcomed with open arms by your guests! Beforehand, make sure to bathe your pooch with a good shampoo and conditioner combo, brush its coat, and trim any unruly fur. If your pup wants to feel extra fancy, consider a holiday-themed bandana or bowtie for extra glamour!

Party-Ready Pup

Ensure your dog is comfortable in social situations through pre-party socialization! Invite friends and family for brief visits to acclimate your pup to different people, smells, and sounds. Positive interactions help reduce anxiety and ensure your Lab is a charming socialite at the holiday gathering!

Doggy Dress Code

If your holiday party has a theme or dress code, why not extend the fun to your furry friend? Dressing your dog in a festive Frisco sweater is a delightful way to spread holiday cheer! Ensure the attire is comfortable and free of small, chewable parts, and your pup is happy to strut their stuff in style!

Healthy Holiday Treats

No party is complete without treats, and your Lab also deserves to indulge in the holiday feast! Prepare some dog-friendly snacks or get special holiday-themed dog treats! Remember any dietary restrictions or allergies your dog may have, and encourage guests to share the love with a few tasty tidbits (in moderation, of course).

Party Safe Space

With all the excitement, creating a quiet and safe space where your dog can retreat if the festivities become overwhelming is essential! Set up a cozy corner with your pup’s bed, toys, and water bowl. This retreat allows your fur baby to take a break and recharge, ensuring they stay happy and stress-free throughout the celebration!

Petiquette Lessons

Lastly, instill good manners in your dog to make them the ultimate party guest! Sit, stay, and leave commands are invaluable in crowded or stimulating environments. Reward good behavior with praise and treats to reinforce positive habits and make your dog the belle of the holiday ball!

Check out these related blogs for more winter tips!

Tips for Traveling Over the Holidays with Your Dog

Introducing Your Dog to Your Newborn Baby

Why Labs Love the Cold Weather

Tell Us What You Think

Service Area

We service the following areas:


  •  Boise
  •  Meridian
  •  Twin Falls
  •  Pocatello
  •  Idaho Falls
  •  Sun Valley
  •  Southern Idaho


  •  Bozeman & Surrounding


  •  Salt Lake County

Don't see your area? No problem. We train dogs from all over the US. Contact us for additional info.

Contact Us.

TK Hot Retrievers
Pocatello, ID

Office: (208) 703-7149

Mon-Sat 9:00AM - 6:00PM