5 Gifts to Give Your Pup This Year

The holidays are almost upon us, and the time has come to frantically search for the best gift to give to our loved ones. This can be a nerve-wracking time even for those of us who like to shop. Help is always appreciated! When it comes to your furry friends, we can help make the decision a little bit easier with suggestions from obedience to food consumption. Let’s take a look at the top five gifts to give your pup this year along with why they are such great options.

Dog Treats

While spoiling your pet is never a great idea, there’s always some room for a bit of fun to counteract the anxiety that the holidays (and their traditions) can introduce. Dog treats make excellent gifts because you know your pooch will adore them.

It’s important to pick the best treat for your dog – don’t just get anything!

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Instead, take the time to think about your dog’s dietary needs and struggles. Which treats contain ingredients that won’t upset their stomach? Also, think about your pet’s dental situation and how easy it is for them to chew things. There are soft treats as well as hard treats (and everything in between) on the market – all you have to do is know which one is best for your dog. Look for goodies that have ingredients that offer benefits while chewing.

For example, some are so rich in flavor that they’re great for training; others, provide a healthy dose of vitamins.

Dog Toys

If you’re looking for a way to give your dog something to focus on and enjoy this holiday season, dog toys are a great choice.

Perhaps the best thing about dog toys is just how many options you can find. There are toys for every sort of dog imaginable, and many of them even offer specific benefits to pets who use them. If you have a smart pet who easily tires of generic rubber balls, for example, you can find interactive toys that require some brainpower to use. There are even toys that are designed to help your pet eat slowly while still having a great time!

Dog Beds

Not only do we tend to spend much of our time asleep, but the quality of our mattress can impact the way we feel.

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Giving your dog their own bed is a surefire way to help them feel secure and safe throughout the year. This time of year, your pup might find their home either overrun with strangers or deserted as you visit family. Their daily routines will be disrupted, and that can lead to a bit of anxiety. When paired with the cold weather, this can leave our pets rather miserable. Investing in a quality dog bed can help mitigate that concern.

If you need a little bit of help to find the best option for you or your pet, take a look at third-party reviews to see what other people are saying.

Dog Bowls

When it comes to feeding our pets, it’s tempting to buy the cheapest dish option we come across. Does it really matter how much you spend on a bowl when your dog devours their food within five minutes? The answer to this question is “yes”! Pet bowls are not created equal, and you do tend to get what you pay for.

A cheap, no-frills bowl might be fine for the healthy dog that displays no stomach sensitivities, but it might not be the best choice for those that do. The same is true if your pet eats too quickly and experiences stomach issues as a result. Some bowls are designed to not only help your pet access their food easily, but limits their consumption. Still, other dishes are created with hip and back problems in mind.

Look into elevating bowls that prevent Fido from bending down too low when eating.

A quality dog bowl is an excellent holiday gift.

Dog Chew Toys

I know, we’ve already talked about dog toys above. There is a difference between dog toys that are meant to engage your pet’s mind, and those designed to help curb their instinct to chew. Chew toys are meant to provde several health benefits to your pet while they chew.

To find the best chew toy for your dog, consider their bite strength. Will they be exerting a lot of pressure on the toy? How much stress should the item be able to take? A quality chew toy can be a bit pricey, but they pay for themselves in the long run and give your pet hours of fun in the meantime. If you have a large breed, try searching for toys made with them in mind. Those treats tend to hold up better than other options.

Now your pup is sure to have an awesome Christmas. That is, as long as they stay on the nice list!

Let us know what gifts you’re planning to give your pooch in the comments below!

 

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