Funny story …
We just put up and decorated our Christmas tree. After we plugged in the lights, just for fun, I filled a bunch of gift bags with my dogs’ favorite toys and treats. Then, I called them over and they went NUTS! For about 20 minutes, my little Diego was rummaging through the gift bags with his tail wagging at a mile a minute. He loves opening up gifts just as much as a little kid does!
Every year on Christmas morning, I like to spoil my fur kids with new gifts. If you’ve started your holiday shopping, here are some fun ideas for your pup:
Chewy Vuitton bones, a Sniffany blanket, a Chewnel purse, or Loubarkin shoes … designer-inspired squeaky toys are a great gift for the posh pooch.While these plush toys are certainly adorable, they’re also totally affordable. They range in price from $11-18.
2) Sports Gear
Is your pooch your favorite sports buddy? Why not dress your dog in your favorite team’s gear?! My friends over at Doggie Nation have a great collection of officially licensed dog football jerseys, dresses, bandanas, plush toys, collars, and leashes.
Nothing says “pampered pooch” quite like a rhinestone-studded collar. They come in various colors and blingy-ness. While they are more on the expensive side (ranging from $65-190), your dog will get a ton of use out of it. Plus, your pup’s collar will be the talk of the town!
4) A New Bed
Give your dog the gift of comfort this holiday season! I personally have several dog beds – one for the bedroom (which my dogs never touch since they sleep in my bed), another one in the living room, one to hold their toys, and one that I keep in the car. In my opinion, you can never have too many dog beds!
The iFetch is basically a dog version of an automatic tennis ball launcher and provides hours of entertainment! You can either use it outdoors or indoors. Just set how far you want the iFetch to launch the ball — 10, 20, or 30 feet — and start playing! If you want to join in on the fun, you can drop the tennis ball into the iFetch and let the machine do the rest of the work. OR, you can teach your dog to put the ball in the opening himself!
6) Interactive Puzzles
Dog puzzles are basically mind games for your pooch. Here’s how they work – you hide treats in something and your dog has to figure out how to get them out. Nina Ottosson has designed some great dog puzzles. She has easy, medium, and advanced puzzles. So if one puzzle seems too easy for your pooch, you can bump up the challenge with a harder one.
Check out some of Nina’s popular puzzles on Amazon:
Dognition is a company devoted to helping us humans better understand our canine kids. To do that, they brought some of the world’s leading dog scientists, trainers, behaviorists, and veterinarians together to create something called the “Dognition Assessment.” It’s not an IQ test. Rather, it’s a series of 20 interactive games and expert analyses of how our dogs think, view the world, and communicate with us. I recently played it with my dog, Gigi, and had a blast. Not only did I learn a lot about how she thinks, but it was a great bonding experience.
On a budget this year, but still want to spoil your dog with something meaningful? Well, there’s no better way to a dog’s heart than through his belly! Here at Proud Dog Mom, we have plenty of delicious and nutritious healthy treat recipes. Just pick your favorite, bake them, and wrap them in something cute. Your dog is sure to love you for these homemade treats!