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Taking Your Dog to See Santa: Tips for a Jolly Visit!

Are you taking your dog to get see Santa? ‘Tis the season!

You can help create a more memorable photo–and a better experience for both you and your dog–with just a little preplanning. We checked with PetSmart, which offers Santa photos in their stores, for their tips on taking great photos with an in-store Santa!

Taking your dog to visit Santa

Get in the holiday spirit.

Before taking your dog for his or her photo with Santa, help them look and feel their best with a pre-photo groom.

Dress your holiday best.

For dogs who enjoy dressing up, you can dress them in holiday outfits such as a reindeer or Santa costume, cable knit sweater, elf hat or holiday collar.

It is a good idea to try the pet costume on at home before going to the store for a Santa picture.

This will help to make sure the holiday outfit fits properly and that your dog is comfortable.

Plan ahead.

If your dog is easily distracted, call your local store to see how large the crowd is before taking your dog in for a Santa photo.

Wait until the line is low and then go to the store so that your pet can focus and take a precious picture.

A tired dog is a well-behaved dog.

To dispel extra energy, take a long walk before entering the store. This way your dog will be less likely to run around in line and jump on Santa’s lap.

Reward your dog for good in-store behavior.

Treats or special toys can keep pets from getting anxious while in line and even help them behave during the photo.

Using a treat or toy while standing near the photographer can get your pet to look toward the camera and rewarding them throughout the experience can also ensure that pets are well-behaved for their next photo session.

Make introductions.

To help your pet feel comfortable with Santa during the photo, be sure to walk up and introduce Santa to your dog.

This will let your dog know you are at ease with Santa and encourage your pet to act the same way.

A few minutes of pre-trip preparation can help you and your dog enjoy your visit with Santa–and bring home the photos to prove it!

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