Most households already do a lot to keep their pets happy, safe, and healthy. During the holidays it's nice to wrap a few presents for the furry members of the family, as well. Inexpensive dog gifts can show love and bring comfort to a pet without stretching budgets too thin. Cost is relative, of course, but from homemade doggy treats to a new memory foam bed, there's something for every dog. Here are several ideas that will do you and your favorite dog proud:
Stocking Stuffers. Treats, new bones or toys, and a trendy new collar all make good stocking stuffers for pets. Sneaking in a few vitamins might be a good idea, too (they'll thank you later). Perhaps inspired by the cookies left out for Santa, some pet owners have taken to baking holiday dogs treats.
Rest. After a long walk or a big day at the park, a quick bite and long nap are in order. But when aches begin to plague an older furry companion, resting on a worn-out mattress just won't do. A memory foam bed can be pricey, but mature dogs with joint problems will be forever grateful.
Let's Walk. Getting outside and enjoying a brisk walk is important for dogs no matter the time of year (smaller dogs might appreciate a vest or sweater during the winter). A new ultra-comfy leash is an excellent holiday gift for a dog. Of course, hiring a Professional Dog Walker will free up your time and offer your dog a change of pace.
Calming Aids. The holidays can be hectic for everyone, including pets. With guests running around, new smells filling the air, and the excitement of gift-opening, all the activity can be a lot to handle. Several options designed to calm anxious, scared, or hyperactive dogs, from training tips and collars to shirts, music, and diffusers filled with "dog-appeasing pheromones." Calming sprays, shampoos, and treats are also available at some pet stores.