The Dog Lover’s Wish List
With the holidays coming up, it’s time to shower those you love with gifts to show them just how much you care, but the love of your life is your pooch. If you’re a canine lover looking for a way to spoil you andyour pooch, look no further than this wish list.
- Enrichment toys add a sense of fulfillment to any dog’s life. They tend to be toys that are a bit more complex and make your pup smarter, happier, and entertained for longer. You can purchase some at your local pet store such as a Kong and stuff it with peanut butter or make DIY toyswith things you have laying around the house. For example, an old t-shirt or sock wrapped around an empty water bottle makes all the right dog desired sounds they could ask for.
- Dog-monitoring cameras offer peace of mind by allowing you to check in on your pooch while you’re away. Many give you the power to photograph and talk to your dog all the while live streaming video and even rewarding them with a treat controlled from the touch of your smartphone.
- GPS-enabled dog trackers are great in that they can help locate a dog after he or she has wandered off. You can get their real time location as well as the street view. Many are also waterproof, attach to the collar in some way, and allow you to voice call your dog no matter how far away they are.
- Lush dog beds and blankets come in any size, providing a comfortable spot for your loved one that is all their own.
- Outfit your pet with doggie apparelfrom shoes, sweaters, and jackets, to bandanas and matching pajamas for the both of you. If you really want your pup’s collar to stand out, consider a bowtiefrom Lucy Lou’s Designs. According to the Los Angeles Times, “the idea of clothing pets has practical roots,” in that "People have always thought that if our dog is old or thin or has short hair, some kind of warmth and covering was good.” This is especially true if you live in a colder climate with harsh winters as your dog may need the proper gear in order to trek through the snow and ice without getting hurt.
- Fill up their goody bags with treatsgalore. It’s important that you do your research when shopping and get only safe and healthy options to reward your furry friend. Top Dog Tips says “it's better if they're low calorie and made with wholesome ingredients.” You can even bakeheart-shaped dog treats right at home with simple ingredients like pumpkin and peanut butter.
- Include a grooming gift certificate so they can get pampered with a bath and fresh haircut, or even a week at their favorite doggy daycare so they can frolic about freely while you’re at work.
- Ask a close friend or family member to be a doggy sitter while you’re away next time so your pet doesn’t have to leave the comfort of his or her home to go to a kennel, and you know they are still being properly cared for.
- If you’ve recently gotten a puppy, dog trainingclasses could help house train them and teach them obedience.
- A new set of waterand food bowls that stay in place while your dog eats would spruce up their corner of the house as well as keep their mess more contained so they’re not tracking food everywhere.
- If you and your pup like to do everything together, a bike trailer for dogs could be the perfect gift. Just make sure you review weight restrictionsand which trailers are most suitable for small or large dogs.
These items and many more are sure to please any furry loved one and their owner. Help your dog feel the love this year by gifting them with thoughtful treats and toys they won’t soon forget.