Home for the Howl-idays: A Gift Giving Guide for Dog Lovers
When the holidays are fast approaching, it can be difficult to find gifts that your loved ones will like. For those with pets, gift giving can be a little simpler, because you can base some of your gifts around their love for their furry friend. The following is a gift guide for dog lovers, and a few for their canines as well, to help find the perfect gift in time for the holidays.
Gifts for Dog Lovers
- 101 Dog Tricks: Step by Step Activities to Engage, Challenge, and Bond with Your Dog by Kyra Sundance. 101 Dog Tricks features step-by-step instructions on tricks that you can teach your dog. If you have a friend who’s having a tough time teaching their dog tricks, Kyra Sundance’s book is sure to help. There are many benefits to teaching a dog tricks other than just for fun. Tricks help stimulate dogs’ brains and give them physical exercise, which increases owners’ bonds with them.
- Thundershirt for dog anxiety. The Thundershirt is an awesome gift for dog owners who have dogs with anxiety issues. Whether the dog has anxiety during car rides or thunderstorms, the Thundershirt is made to comfort and reduce pet anxiety levels. Author Morieka Johnson from Mother Nature Network tested the Thundershirt on her dog, and found that it significantly helped calm her dog’s anxiety.
- Pet insurance. It’s awful to think about a pet getting badly hurt or sick, but these things happen. It may seem silly, but pet insurance is a great gift for dog lovers to help them feel more secure about their pet’s health and safety. No one is expecting expensive veterinary bills until it’s too late; with pet insurance, your friend or family member won’t have to worry about the high costs of keeping their pet safe.
Gifts for Dogs
- Pet stairs. Pet stairs are a small set of moveable stairs that you can put anywhere around your home to allow your dog to reach places they may have been unable to reach. Especially in smaller breeds, some dogs are unable to jump onto high places such as couches or beds, so they will likely whine until you place them there. With dog stairs, your dog can trot up to high places themselves.
- Barkbox monthly subscription. Barkbox is a monthly subscription of a bunch of things your dog will love. Barkbox sends toys, treats, gadgets and more to your door once a month for a small fee. If you subscribe for a whole year, you would pay $21 a month. There a ton of benefits of using Barkbox, like saving money on toys and treats every month. Many dog lovers, and their dogs, enjoy it because you never know what you’ll be getting next.
- The Aikiou interactive dog bowl. The Aikiou, pronounced IQ, dog bowl is a fun way to feed your dog and help improve their digestion as well as an educational and interactive game. Aikiou features five compartments that a dog can push back and forth to find the food underneath. Nicole Wilde, author of the Wilde About Dogs blog, recommends giving the bowl a try.
Deciding on gifts is probably one of the most stressful things you have to do during the holidays, but it doesn’t always have to be. If you know a dog lover, there are many options for great gifts that they will enjoy with their furry friend. Consider a gift on this list, and your dog loving friend and their pooch are sure to appreciate it.
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