PetSmart is bringing the magic of the holiday season to life for pets and pet parents alike with an opportunity to meet Santa and pose for a photo with Kris Kringle himself. All PetSmart stores nationwide are offering this ho-ho-holly jolly photo experience on Dec. 10 and 11, and 17 and 18. Reservations are required and open to the public on Dec. 5. Pet parents can find more information on their local Santa Photo Day event and book an appointment at PetSmart.com/SantaPhotoBooking.
PetSmart Treats Loyalty Program members are making the “nice” list and have early access to book their Santa photos now. As an extra gift, Treats members will also receive 3X Treats points for purchases made on the day of their appointment when they use their Treats membership email to check in to the event.
PetSmart is calling all pet friends to help spread holiday cheer for all to hear by participating in the #ShareTheJoy contest* on social media, with one lucky grand prize winner receiving a four-day, three-night trip to Universal Studios Hollywood for two as well as 200,000 Treats points, redeemable for $500in future savings. Additionally, five runner up winners will receive 100,000 Treats points, redeemable for $250 in future savings, and six participants will be chosen at random to receive one month of free Hill’s pet food. To participate, pet parents can share their most festive holiday photo or video of their pet on their public Instagram page, tagging @PetSmart and using the hashtags #ShareTheJoy and #Contest in their caption. All submissions must be made between Dec. 7-18, and the winning posts will be announced Dec. 23.
If striking the perfect pose is at the top of your pet’s wish list, PetSmart training expert Jodie Havens, CPDT-KSA shares four tips to ensure your pet looks their best for their holiday photo moment:
- Prep their look: Dress them up for the holiday to create a photo moment you’ll always remember, such as a Santa Claus suit and hat for cats and dogs, striped pajamas for small pets or a hot cocoa ugly sweater for reptiles, or accessorize with items like a reindeer headband for dogs.
- Get their attention: To get them to look at the camera, use a holiday-themed squeaker toy, hold a treat, call their name or make sounds you know they’ll respond to throughout the photo-taking process.
- Play with them: Get them to play with you or take them for a quick spin around PetSmart to get that beautiful pet grin.
- Reward them: Pair the sight of the camera with treats and give them the goodies like Gnawty Noms Bag of Coal Dog Treats or a reindeer cookie after a few photo frames. Keep up the treats after the photo session concludes.
PetSmart is helping pet parents get their pets holiday-ready with the 2022 Merry & Bright collection, available now online and in stores. This year’s collection includes festive gifts, accessories, treats and more that are sure to delight during the most wonderful time of the year.
For canine and feline companions, small pets, reptiles and aquatic fish, PetSmart’s elves have imagined toys, accessories and advent calendars that are sure to have any pet’s heart grow three sizes, like the Merry & Bright Deck the Howls with Biscuits Frosted Dog Treat Advent Calendar, Merry & Bright Small Pet Naughty or Nice Beanie, Merry & Bright Reptile Merry Crickets Stocking and the Merry & Bright Fireplace Bubbler Aquarium Ornament.
For more information on Santa Photo Days or the Merry & Bright collection holiday gifts and swag, visit PetSmart.com.