Dogs are very much part of a family and so it makes perfect sense that they get to take part in Christmas festivities, including the custom of receiving presents. I’m often asked, as a North London dog walker, what the best presents for pooches are. Whether you are a dog owner looking to treat your canine pal, or you have family/friends that are mad about their four-legged companion, there are a whole host of gift ideas to take inspiration from. . Read on for our favourites this season.
Treats for your dog
Treats are perfect for rewarding pooches for good behaviour or just to show them some love. Take care when choosing what to buy, canine treats vary in quality – as with products for human, if it is cheap then it is highly likely to be made from elements that should best be avoided. Instead, make your dog feel special inside and out with natural, organic foods that have high meat content. For extra brownie points, combine treats with fun. The Kong is an odd shaped chewy toy, which will not only provide hours of fun for your dog but it will help with dental care too. More importantly the toy can be filled with treats so you can keep a check on how much is being given. Smaller dogs may get better use out of Planet Dog’s Strawberry toy which is recyclable, washable and like the Kong releases goodies while the dog plays.
Accessories are a dog’s best friend. This Christmas bring a little bit of luxury to your dogs everyday items such as the lead, collar and the dog bowl. Your dog will appreciate a quality collar that doesn’t chafe and keeps him/her safe. Combine the collar with a durable lead that not only looks great but is strong and designed to last. Mulberry, in partnership with Mungo and Maud have a range of stylish and practical leads that no dog would say no to, a little pricey but perfect if the dog or dog owner are style conscious. Equally luxurious is the dog bowl from Paul Smith. They teamed up with crockery maestros Thomas Goode to bring a little bit of extravagance to your dog’s eating utensils. If practical is more your style, Ruffwear offer a neat collapsible bowl, ideal for taking on long walks and holidays.
We all look forward to our beds at the end of a long day, and dogs are no different! Except with dog beds it is worth having something that is easily cleaned – on account of how grubby they are likely to get. One of our favourites is the cute, square shaped bed from Joules.com, complete with washable cover. You may prefer the Vetbed for your dog which is the bedding of choice for vets and boarding kennels and there is also an eco version made completely from plastic bottles.
Not all dog lovers are lucky to enough to have one they can call their own. However an annual membership with ‘Borrow my Doggy’ will ensure they get enough dog time to keep them happy. The gift is also ideal for dog owners who may want to take a break from dog walking responsibilities every now and again.