Before You Buy…
What Makes A Good Dog Christmas Present
While it might be tempting to buy a fashionably designed pet bowl or funky new lead for your dog this Christmas, we would always suggest getting them something that they would actually want rather than something which makes them more fashionable or looks nicer in your house – as aesthetics aren’t exactly a top priority for most pooches!
Therefore we suggest mainly looking at edible gifts (treats, snacks, dog food), toys or comfort items such as dog beds and blankets, as these will either enhance their lives or generally just make them more excited and happy on Christmas day!
Things To Consider Before Buying A Dog Christmas Present
For anything food-related you might give your pup fat Christmas, it’s wise to check the ingredients of any treats or snacks, as it’s far too easy for companies to get away with selling mediocre grub when it’s got a red ribbon round it!
Always try and choose something which promises good amounts of protein and high nutritional value and if you’re particularly picky about what you feed your canine, you may want to watch out for hypoallergenic tags or grain-free properties.
For larger edibles such as rawhide or bone, make sure you supervise your dogs, as if they manage to break off a large chunk, it could cause them some damage!
Clothes, Collars and Harnesses
For any clothing/collar items, you obviously want to make sure you check sizings to ensure a great fit for your pup and it’s also important to ensure the material will be comfortable and kind to your dog’s skin.
With clothing like jumpers, it’s even more vital to remember that dogs can overheat when wearing such things, so it’s advisable you only put your dog in a jumper when outside in cold weather!
For toys, you again want to check the materials, as these will tell you a lot about the durability and longevity of the item. Plush and soft toys tend to last no longer than a few months, as most dogs will end up chewing them to pieces, with rubber materials being the most durable.
Avoid plastic materials that may harm teeth or gums and be sure to supervise when dogs are playing with easily destroyed plush toys, as you don’t want them to accidentally ingest cotton, squeakers or anything else!