With the holiday season upon us, the last-minute scramble for gift shopping is in full swing. While presents for significant others have hopefully been purchased ahead of time, Christmas gifts for your dogs may have gotten a different level of anticipatory planning. However, it’s important to include your four-legged friend in the festivities and make them feel special as well.
Depending on your dog’s breed and personality, the options for dog Christmas gifts are virtually endless. Choosing the right one is mostly a matter of thinking about what will make your canine’s life better.
Best Gifts for Active Dogs
When choosing the perfect dog Christmas gift for active pups, the best options revolve around things you and your dog can play with together. Active breeds, like Golden Retrievers, Labradors, Border Collies, and many more love to run and play outside. Toys like frisbees, balls, ropes for tug-of-war, and other active toys make excellent choices to get your dog (and you) excited about getting outside. A new leash–or even a coat if you live in a colder or wetter climate–can add fun to your daily walks.
Best Gifts for Sleepy Dogs
If, on the other hand, your dog has more of a calm, low-key energy, the best gifts are all about getting cozy. A new dog bed, stuffed toy, or blanket can all be great ways of indulging your dog’s favorite pastimes of relaxing and napping. Bulldogs, Mastiffs, and Pugs are all common breeds that love chilling out, but older dogs of almost any breed tend to appreciate their downtime and an added layer of comfort.
For virtually all pets, special snacks or a new food bowl are also great options. Before you go ahead and stuff your animal’s stocking with treats, however, it’s important to research which holiday foods are safe for your dog to eat.
The Best Overall Dog Christmas Gift
Regardless of which present is waiting under the tree, the best dog Christmas gift is understanding the needs of your furry friends. While a DNA testing kit may not be the most exciting gift for your dog to open on Christmas morning, it can provide you with invaluable insights for years to come. A DNA test can give you insight into your pet’s family history, nutritional information, and what to look out for as they age.
Some genetic conditions are easier to treat than others, and understanding the challenges that your dog is genetically disposed toward can help you set them up for the happiest life possible.
Orivet Genetic Pet Care
We all want to ensure that our four-legged family members feel loved and cared for. To help you provide the best care for your dog, Orivet is committed to providing you with leading DNA testing. With actionable insights and a 360-degree understanding of each pet, you can choose better matches, make smarter investments, and raise happier, healthier animals down through the generations.
For more information on Orivet’s easy and affordable genetic testing, just contact our team today!