(WTNH) — If you don’t want your furry friend to feel left out this holiday season, professional dog trainer Michelle Douglas of The Refined Canine shares some gift ideas for your pet.
- Enrichment Toys: slow-bowls, food puzzles, stuff-able toys, and long-lasting chew toys. These can be fun for dogs, cats, and even exotics, as they provide them with mental stimulation and activities to do on their own.
- Interactive Toys: flirt pole, toys for playing fetch or tug. These give pet owners something fun to do with their pet.
- Pet beds are always a good option.
- Ugly Christmas Sweaters or gorgeous pet coats are popular.
- Treats are always good, but many pets have allergies to various ingredients in food or treats. Michelle suggests single-ingredient or limited-ingredient treats that are made in the USA. You can find treat pouches to pair with a bag of premium treats too!
- Leashes and Harnesses or fancy collars. The Freedom No-Pull Harness is a great gift for dogs who pull on leash, and Harness Lead is an escape-resistant harness and leash in one!
Keep in mind, that it is almost never a good idea to give a pet as a gift. The holidays are filled with stress, and activity, which will interfere with the important bonding process between a pet and their new owner.
If you want to get a new pet for your family, give a pet bed, leash and collar, bowl and a chew toy as the gift, with the promise of adding that new family member in the weeks to come, after everything goes back to normal.
Michelle urges people to reconsider giving a pet as a present to a relative or friend. While the gift seems thoughtful, you are giving them a 10-15 year commitment along with it.