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Preparing your Pet for Photos with Santa

You’ve decided to take your pet to get  photos with Santa.  Great!  We’re here to help.  Whether this is your first time, or you’re just hoping to improve upon past experiences, here are some steps MIGHT help.


STEP ONE:  Adjust your expectations

While all of your pets are equally adorable, ask yourself: is one pet more cooperative than the others?  While having all your pets in one picture is a novel idea, it’s hard enough to get one to cooperate- why complicate things?


Sit still will ya?


Let’s be honest, not all of your pets are going to be naturals.

And while this may be what you’re picturing in your head…



… the reality is, some pets just don’t like Santa.

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Embrace your situation and congratulate yourself for averting a potential holiday disaster!


STEP TWO:  Find a location for your photos

Believe it or not, you can’t just take your pet to the mall and put him/her on Santa’s lap.  You’ll need to find a place that is prepared for your pet and everything that comes with ‘em.



Petco to the rescue- not only are we prepared to host pets at our stores but Santa will be making a visit December 7th and 14th, from 1pm to 4pm for our Photos with Santa event.  You’ll get a 4×6″ photo in a keepsake frame for a donation of $8.95.  Donations from this event will help support pets in need.

As you can see, our Santa’s know how it’s done.


A vision of pure holiday bliss.



STEP THREE: Primp and pamper your pet

You could give them a bath at home but where’s the fun in that?  A day of spaw treatments means no cleaning on your part, and less stress overall.  This holiday, our groomers are offering something extra special: the Sugar Cookie Spa Works, which includes sugar cookie-scented premium shampoo, coat conditioner and spritz, spray-on detangler, toothbrush service and a free bandana.



Once you have your pet feeling fresh and clean, it’s time to hit the wardrobe aisle.


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Aren’t you precious?



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This guy puts the “awe” in “awesome.”


Pro tip:  wait to accessorize until after you arrive at your photo session.  Small items like hats, bow ties, socks, etc. are easy to lose.




This step is for both you and your pet.  Before your photo session, go out for a nice long walk or give your cat some extra play time- nothing too messy (because you don’t want to have to repeat step three).

Oh, and remove anything from it’s environment that might cause stress or anxiety (even if it’s funny as heck).



Remember not to put too much pressure on your pet.

And if you ever need help, a friendly Petco associate will always be there.

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We are crazy about your pets, after all.

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Happy Holidays!

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