The best Christmas or Chanukah gift you can give your dog is to spend the day with your dog. Dogs are social animals that enjoy being part of a family, pack or whatever you want to call it. Or perhaps your dog doesn’t care about being part of the family but just wants to be the center of attention. Either way, your dog would love you to spend time rather than money this Christmas.
Think about what really gets your dog excited. A ride in the car? A visit to the dog park? The mere sight of a tennis ball? Those are the gifts you can give this Christmas or Chanukah. You and the dog can spend time playing, exploring and bonding together. You don’t have to spend a lot of money to do this.
Dogs Are Not Kids
Many people claim that dogs are a “child substitute” for many people. This is not entirely true. Dogs are much better than children. They do not expect loads and loads of expensive toys every December. Dogs are not impressed with how many toys they have or what designer labels their collars are. They are impressed with attention, affection, play and food.
Some dog owners buy incredibly expensive gifts for their dogs every December and yet do not give them daily walks or often board them in kennels for weeks on end. These owners feel guilty – and, quite frankly, they should. But wasting loads of money on designer dog toys is not going to earn you any points with the dog. It will only ease the guilt of the owner.
Consider Other Dogs
But perhaps you are a bit flush this year and ant to buy the dog a gift. As long as your dog is healthy, well trained and well groomed, inexpensive gifts of treats and chew toys will make the dog happy. Playing with the dog and spending time with the dog will make him even happier.
Does your dog love the attention of other people and their dogs? If your dog is well behaved in company, then consider throwing a holiday party in order to benefit your favourite dog charity or animal shelter. Guests could bring a small gift that could be used to donate to the dog charity or animal shelter.
It doesn’t have to be money. Shelters could also use pet food, pet toys, bed beds, pet grooming tools, pet books, collars, leashes, clean towels, cat litter, litter pans, litter scoops and fresh baby formula (which can be used to feed orphans). You could also contact your local dog charity and ask them what their wish list is.
In this way, not only do other dogs benefit, but your dog becomes the focal point of all the visitor’s attentions. The dog will probably think the party is all about him or her.