When the holiday season comes around, you do not want to overlook you favorite canine friends! Here are some great gifts to keep your puppy happy and healthy all through the season.
10. A New Dog Bed
Just like people, dogs love to be comfortable. And just like babies, the more comfortable a puppy is, the better they sleep! Investing in a new resting spot for your dog doesn’t need to break the bank because dog beds can range in price from $20 to a few hundred, depending on the size and material. So be conservative, or splurge, splurge, splurge!
9. Microchip Implant
This gift is definitely more expensive than the previous, but it is worth investing in. Microchip implants can relocate lost or stolen puppies, this is especially worth thinking about if you have a full-bred puppy. The microchip implant is a pretty simple procedure that most veterinarians can perform. There is little recovery time for the pup, and the cost is approximately $100. However, if your little puppy ever runs away or gets lost or stolen, you’ll be happy you bought this gift.
8. A New Leash and Collar
This may seem like a regular ol’ gift, however a new collar and a new leash can be a very practical gift for your new puppy, especially if you are beginning leash training. One good idea is purchasing a leather leash. Yes, they are more expensive than a regular nylon lease. However, they last an extremely long time and are very hard for curious puppies to chew through! When it comes to the collar, a metal-choker collar may be a good choice for leash training, or perhaps a traditional cute and sassy collar will do.
7. Homemade Artisan Treats
If you are shopping on a budget this Christmas, homemade dog treats are a great way to treat your new puppy and show them how much you love them. You can get as creative and labor intensive as you want. Some people go all out and decorate little bone-shaped treats, but don’t forget, all that really matters is how they taste. Most recipes are based on wheat flour and flavorings, so all the ingredients can be picked up at your local grocery store.
Let’s be honest, puppies in clothes are absolutely adorable. Certain breeds even require some extra clothing when going outside during those frigidly cold winter months. Christmas is a great opportunity to make your dog look exceptionally festive in a winter sweater, or get them geared up for Valentine’s Day with something pink or red. Even if your puppy doesn’t need doggie clothes, make the exception once in a while. Come on, its Christmas after all!
5. Personalized Feeding Dishes
Make your puppy’s food and water bowls stand out by getting them customized. You can add your puppy’s name, and favorite foods and toys to the bowls. This is also a good time to think about how large your puppy is going to get, and maybe getting feeding dishes that are elevated off the ground. If your breed is smaller, consider bowls with a slip guard so the bowl doesn’t move around and scratch your floor when your puppy is pigging out.
4. Gift Basket
This is a great idea if you are buying a puppy Christmas present for someone else. Most major pet stores, and lots of online retailers, offer the perfect gift baskets for new puppy owners. And since you don’t know exactly what the puppy and owner may need, these baskets give them a little bit of everything: training books, treats, chew toys, accident pads, etc.
3. Outside Toys
When it comes to playing with your puppy outside, think outside the box this year. Of course tennis balls and tug-of-war ropes are a fun choice, but there are lots of other options available. Rubber discs are a nice replacement for Frisbees because they are perfect for teething puppies. Jolly Balls are a fun blend between tug-of-war and fetch toys. Get creative with outside toys!
2. Puppy Toiletries
Puppies like to look good and feel good too! Get your new pet looking fresh and clean by buying them scented and freshening shampoos and conditioners this holiday season. Believe it or not, dog toothpastes and toothbrushes are another popular dog “toiletry.” Dental health is just as important to dogs as it is to us. And no one likes bad breath!
1. Indoor Dog Potty
This may actually be more of a gift to yourself than to your puppy. Accidents happen, especially when a new puppy is left at home by itself. Some indoor dog potties are made with synthetic grass, but they can be kind of messy. Either way, an indoor dog potty of any kind can help your pup relieve himself during the bustles of the holidays, without causing a huge mess!
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