If you have a friend with a dog, then choosing a Christmas present for them can be a little tricky. Pet shops are filled with bewildering items and it’s hard to know which one to choose. To help you with your decision and ensure you make the right choice, we have listed some of our top Christmas gifts for dogs.
Top gifts for dog lovers
Even if you don’t own a dog, you’re sure to know that dogs adore chasing balls and this activity can keep both the dog and their owner entertained for hours! A ball with a throwing stick that allows the owner to easily scoop up and retrieve the ball when the dog returns it, is a great gift that will provide hours of fun. If the dog is particularly agile and likes leaping in the air, then a frisbee is another alternative – especially if the dog and its owner love the beach.
Have a chew with a Kong
Many dogs are motivated by food and Kong toys are perfect for stuffing with treats and giving to dogs to keep them busy for hours. The key is to loosely stuff the Kong with treats, so the treats come out easily. Many dog trainers recommend filling the Kong with peanut butter if you really want to keep your dog very entertained. So, buy a jar of peanut butter and a Kong and give it as a dog gift!
Cuddle up with plush toys
Dogs love playing with plush toys and they will make an excellent Christmas dog gift. Look for one with long arms and legs that the dog can easily carry. Toys that squeak add an extra element of delight. Just be careful to bear the dog’s size in mind – don’t buy a huge plush toy if your dog-loving friend has a miniature poodle!
Tug of war with a rope knot
Dog ropes and rope knots are another fantastic dog gift – especially if your dog-loving friend has a high-energy dog that needs to work off some steam. A longish rope with a knot at one end and a handle at the other will give a dog and their human hours of fun!
Dog jackets for walkies!
If you are living in the northern hemisphere where winters get really cold, then a dog jacket – even for large dogs, makes an excellent gift. A jacket that can be easily slipped on when an owner takes their dog for a walk is ideal. Look for one with a waterproof outer layer and a warm inner layer.
A painting of the dog
If you can take a quick picture of your friend’s dog, then an animal portrait will make an excellent gift. Have a quick search in your area for an artist that paints animal portraits or alternatively have your photo blown up and framed. It will be a gift that a dog lover will treasure forever!
A snuggly dog blanket
You can never go wrong with a dog blanket. They make the ideal gift and can be used in the dog’s box or placed on furniture or a bed as a throw, so that the dog doesn’t leave any dirt or hairs on the furnishings.
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