The holiday shopping season is in full swing! Don’t forget to buy a gift for your four-legged best friend. After all, your dog selflessly provides joy, comfort, and smiles all year long. Listed here are some of the top gift ideas for dogs in 2018.
Dogs don’t like to be left home alone any more than we enjoy leaving them. Treat-dispensing webcams have changed the lives of both dogs and owners. Pet parents can watch their dogs on their smartphones when they are away and can even interact by talking through a WiFi-enabled speaker. At the touch of a button, a treat can be dispensed, making time alone much more enjoyable for both parties.
Toys are necessary for fulfilling certain drives in dogs, such as chewing and problem-solving. When dogs become bored, they often develop bad behaviors such as inappropriate chewing, digging, and barking. An interactive toy, however, can keep a dog mentally stimulated and occupied for hours.
Most interactive dog toys have compartments that hide treats, which dogs must figure out how to access. For the dog that isn’t food motivated, there are interactive toys available which hide smaller toys for the dog to find. Regardless of your dog’s drive, there is an interactive toy perfect for your pet.
WINPRO Soft Chews
Treats are a common holiday gift for dogs, so why not gift your pet with something both tasty and healthy? WINPRO soft chews not only taste great, but they can heal, manage, or prevent common canine ailments quickly and effectively.
Each WINPRO formulation contains K-Thrive Formula D animal blood proteins that have been scientifically proven to reduce chronic disease-causing gut inflammation. Additional active ingredients go to work on secondary conditions, such as joint pain, allergies, anxiety, gastrointestinal problems, and fatigue. Regardless of whether your dog is a puppy or a senior, WINPRO soft chews promote the highest standard of health.
Unless your dog is a Siberian Husky or another breed with a thick double coat, chances are that your pet wouldn’t mind some extra warmth in the winter. There are many different styles and weights of dog jackets available, ranging from light barn jacket to full-body snowsuit. Just make sure to take your dog’s measurements beforehand and return any items that restrict movement.
Time Spent Together
As cliché as it sounds, all that a dog really wants for Christmas is you. Dogs live for their owners, and a special trip together to the woods or a drive around the neighborhood to look at Christmas lights would mean the world to your pup. End the outing with a trip to the pet store for a new toy, and your dog’s holiday season will be the best one yet!
Day Care / Play Dates
If your dog is friendly with other animals, consider a daycare package, or set up a standing playdate with a friend. Dog trainers often host supervised play sessions, as well. Not only will your dog love the opportunity to socialize with other animals, but you will appreciate the luxury of having a tired dog at the end of the day!
Commitment to Exercise
If your dog doesn’t already have an exercise routine, the holidays are a perfect time to start. Your dog would love nothing more than to unwrap a commitment from you to exercise daily. Not only will an extra walk, run, training session, or play session make your dog happy, but it will help to reduce the risk of diseases such as diabetes, cancer, arthritis, and thyroid disorders.
Most dogs have two modes: active, and asleep. Give your dog the gift of comfort with a new dog bed this holiday season. There are many options available, including covered models that are perfect for burrowing dogs, or ones made from memory foam materials for those suffering from joint pain. Regardless of your dog’s needs, there is a pet bed available for every budget.
If your dog already has everything on this list, consider a charitable donation in his or her name. Did you adopt your dog from a shelter or rescue? Giving back at the holidays is a wonderful option. There are many wonderful organizations that help pets and their owners. Not sure where to start? A list of the top pet organizations for 2018 can be found here.
Ultimately, your dog’s holiday wish list is simple. Most pets want nothing more than good health, happiness, and time spent with favorite humans. Any item or experience on this list is sure to please your pet!