Do you plan on buying your dog a gift this holiday season? If so, you're certainly not alone as 95% of American pet owners admit to buying a Christmas gift for their pet. In fact, the Christmas season is the most popular time of the year to buy pets a gift. Other holidays that fall close behind include Valentine's Day and Fido's birthday.
If you like to do all your shopping early, here are three gift ideas for Fido this holiday season.
1. Antler Dog Chews
What dog doesn't love a good chew toy? Not only are they fun to chew on, but antler dog chews provide some benefits as well, such as the following:
- For puppies, they can help relieve the pain and pressure caused by getting new teeth
- They help scrape away plaque, which can mean better dental health and better breath
- They will help keep your dog occupied
When finding the right chew toy for your dog, it's important to buy the right size. The larger the dog, the larger the chew toy.
2. A New Dog Bed
Just like humans, every dog needs a comfortable place to sleep. If you don't like to share your bed with your dog, getting Fido his own bed for Christmas is the perfect gift. Here are some specific tips to keep in mind when shopping for a new dog bed:
- If your dog is large or heavy, make sure the cushioning is thick enough
- Make sure that it will be easy to wash
- Get a heated bed if your dog is older or short-haired
Besides coming with a variety of features, dog beds come in different styles, colors, and sizes, so that you can pick just the right one for your dog.
3. A New Leash
Most dogs love going for a walk. Not only does this provide a way for your dog to get some exercise, it's also a good time to bond with your pet.
Here are some of the different types of dog leashes to choose from:
There are pros and cons to each of these types of leashes and getting the right one often depends on how well your dog is trained. If your dog loves going for car rides, you may want to get a seat belt safety leash. If you go biking with your dog, a new bike leash would make the perfect gift.