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Christmas is right around the corner already! Hopefully, you bought all your presents in advance, but if not, no need to fear. Dogs aren’t picky, so there are lots of options that will make them jump for joy. Visit your local pet supply store to see if they have any unique gifts for your furry friend.
Even though your dog will love anything you get them, you should still make sure your gift is thoughtful and filled with love. If you’re struggling to find something extra special for your dog, then it might be time for you to take a dog’s advice. Luckily, I have plenty of ideas! Here are some things that I know I would love for Christmas.
This is a classic, and it never gets old. Squeaky toys are often the best kind of presents because your dog can open them themselves! All you have to do is squeak the wrapped present, and your dog will likely rip the wrapping paper off. I speak from experience.
In fact, got so excited about Christmas this year that I opened Taco’s present early! Molly was very mad, but she quickly wrapped it again and hid it in the closet. Don’t tell Taco, but it’s a plush cactus with another cactus inside of it. Taco loves to destroy his toys within minutes, so hopefully this one will last him a little longer.
I’ve noticed that puzzle toys have become more popular over the years. “Puzzle toys” or “mental stimulation toys” refer to toys that get your dog to think. These include toys that you hide treats inside or toys with smaller squeaky toys hidden inside. I’ve even seen some that come with different levels of difficulties! So, while your dog might not open one of these on their own, they’ll probably love it. It will keep them entertained and help increase their intelligence.
Healthy and Tasty Snacks
Treats are a favorite for many dogs, especially if they’re food-motivated like me. I’ll eat just about anything my humans feed me, but Molly likes to make sure my treats are not only tasty, but also healthy. She likes to get me chews that are good for my teeth or treats that are good for my skin. The best part is that I don’t even know I’m eating something healthy because they taste so good! Plus, your dog might open their own presents if they smell something yummy inside.
Please take your time when selecting treats for your dog. Many popular pet products are actually not safe or healthy for dogs. One example is rawhide. Rawhide can be dangerous for dogs, so ask your local pet store for healthier alternatives to keep your dog safer.
A New Bed
There is no such thing as too many comfortable spots to sleep. I spend most of my days moving from one comfortable spot to another. Especially now that we’re fostering dogs, we need more dog beds scattered throughout the house. So, while a new bed might not bring immediate excitement like a toy or treat, your dog will thank you in the long run.
A Home for a Dog in Need
Now, this probably isn’t something your dog has on their wishlist, but when buying presents for family members, avoid buying a new puppy. I’ve said it many times before, but dogs are a lifelong commitment and not a surprise gift. If your family has talked it through and prepared before Christmas, then you should either adopt a dog or foster a dog for Christmas rather than purchasing a puppy. It will make Christmas better for you, and it could save a dog’s life.
All dogs deserve amazing gifts on Christmas. So, give your dog some special presents and do something for a dog in need if your able. Even donating a little to a shelter could make a huge difference this holiday season.
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