updated 12/24/2013 AT 5:30 PM ET
•originally published 12/24/2013 AT 1:00 PM ET
Every year, we know we can rely on our well-meaning mothers and/or less kind-hearted frenemies to leave us a pair of socks underneath the Christmas tree. We’re not complaining. Actually, we think it’s about time our pets got in on this annual holiday tradition.
If you’ve always dreamed of watching your dog pitter-patter down the stairs in little socks come Christmas morning – or is that just us? – we’re here to help.
You’ll need: one dog (model: this editor’s beloved pup, Chloe), a pair of socks (we chose Woodrow Wear’s Power Paws socks), your pooch’s treat-of-choice and unrelenting hope.
Step 1: Present the goods
Step 2: Present the belly rub
Once your dog has decided she will cooperate – a little bit of bacon goes a long way – reward your pooch properly … and deceptively. Your dog doesn’t know it, but this is the perfect position to …
Step 3: Secure the socks
You have exactly 16 seconds – go, go, go! “I will allow it,” your dog will say, probably because she wants more belly rubs.
Pro tip: Don’t do this