Top 6 Holiday Gifts for Every Dog Lover

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Guest post by Cindy Aldridge of www.ourdogfriends.org

You’ve checked off every name on your holiday list — except one. What will you get for that friend or family member who has everything? You start by looking at what they love — not what they have. If you have one, or several, dog-lovers on your nice list, you can get pretty creative with unique gifts for humans and pets. Dog lovers take a great deal of pride in showing off their breeds, including their dogs in everyday activities and making sure Fido feels like part of the family. Here are a few tips to help you shop for the ultimate dog lover in your life.\

  • Culinary Canine: Do you know a dog lover who also loves playing in the kitchen? A gourmet dog food cookbook paired with a basket of ingredients is a great way to combine their two loves. With all the recipes available online, you can even DIY your own cookbook that gives your gift a special touch. Using design elements that appeal specifically to your friend and their pup, this one-of-a-kind gift celebrates holidays by promoting happy, healthy lifestyles for the whole family.
  • In Your Honor: When natural disaster strikes, like a hurricane, flood or earthquake, humans aren’t the only victims — dogs and cats suffer, too. Many local and national humane societies and animal rescues become the frontline rescuers for pets displaced by disaster, which is why many increase their donation asks during these distressing times. If there is a cause or a breed close to your dog lover’s heart, consider donating to one of those organizations in honor of their pooch.
  • Canine Couture: While clothing gifts can sometimes be hit or miss — decking your dog lover out in canine-themed clothes can be a fun, humorous way to celebrate their love for animals this holiday season. Whether it’s a hoodie with a corgi, pajamas with Frenchies or a T-shirt with a pug face, your dog owner will wear this gift with a smile.
  • GPS Tracker: A true dog lover puts their pup’s well-being first; showing you do, too, can be a really distinguished holiday gift. A dog GPS tracker can put your loved one’s mind at ease if they have a pooch that has a tendency to hop the backyard fence or bolt through the front door. By being able to pinpoint their dog’s location in real time, this is a gift that is on the cutting-edge of new pet tech.
  • Pet Home Remodeling: Does your dog lover have a curious pet? Installing a pet peek window in their backyard fence is a great way to let Fido get a glimpse of the world around him. For the more active animals, a doggie door is an outstanding gift to consider. This will not only help your friend’s dog get more exercise, but can also help them manage bad pet behaviors, like excessive chewing or indoor bathroom accidents.
  • Unique Doggie Decor: From mugs to picture frames to doormats, websites like com have endless types of handmade specialty pet-themed decor. You can choose a gift that’s holiday-specific, like a stocking shaped like a bone, or a timeless piece of art, like a custom painted portrait of your loved one’s pet.

When you recognize the importance of a friend’s furry family member, you’re giving a gift that says a lot more than happy holidays. True dog lovers enjoy including their pups in all kinds of activities, so giving them a way to include Fido in their holiday gift giving provides a deeper, more meaningful sense of joy. With so many options available online and in specialty stores, tapping into your friend or family member’s special relationship with their pet deepens their special relationship with you.

New House? How to Prepare Your Dog for Moving Day.

Guest post by Cindy Aldridge of www.ourdogfriends.org

While house hunting can be stressful, finding the perfect home for your family is a reason to celebrate. If you have a dog, though, this is just the beginning of the stress for him. To make sure that a transition is as easy as possible for the entire family, here are a few things you can do to help lessen your dog’s anxiety when it’s time for a big move.

Packing Up Your Current Home

Packing up your current home is one of the most hectic phases of the moving process. In the flurry of activity, make sure you pack up your dog’s things last. You don’t want your dog to start feeling insecure when his feeding dish and bed are not kept in the same place. You want him to feel safe among all of the chaos around the home. Leave all of his items in familiar places until the last minute. Keep in mind that moving can be especially hard if you have a rescue dog. Remember, he may have lost his last owner after seeing his things packed so offer him a little extra attention so he knows there’s nothing to worry about.

Consider Boarding on Moving Day

While it may not seem ideal, one of the best things you can do is board your dog on moving day. With movers, there will be unfamiliar people in the home most of the day and doors are almost always left open while trucks are being loaded and unloaded. Your dog doesn’t know who these people are and he could become excited or unsettled with all of this activity. Keeping him in a kennel ensures his safety and helps your move go faster.

Acclimating Your Dog to the New Home

Once you’re all moved into your new home, take the time to walk through the house with your dog. Put his favorite items in the area designated as his, make sure he knows where his food bowl is, and stick to the regular routine. Also, be sure to take him out for his walks at the same time and keep the scheduled feeding times the same. By sticking with routine and offering familiarity, you can help your dog feel more at ease.

If you can, take a couple of days off to ensure that your dog is properly acclimated to his new surroundings before you leave him home alone for an extended period. You want to make sure he feels safe and secure in his new home. He may need more attention for a few days to help him get rid of any anxiety; remember this is just as stressful for him as it is for you. You also want to be patient with him, especially if there are areas of the house you want him to avoid. Taking the extra time can make for a much smoother move for the furry love of your life.

11 Coolest Tech Gadgets for Loving Pet Owners + Surprise Bonus

Being a pet owner is not easy. You have to attend to all of your pets’ needs. The worst part is leaving home. Even if you are at work or while traveling, you can’t help it but to always think at the pets you have left behind.

If you love your pets so much, you might want to consider getting these coolest tech gadgets for your pets. They help make it easier for you to take care of your pets. With these gadgets, you can now see what is going on around your house. Even if you are afar, you just have to look at the device and you will feel complacent.

There are other devices that allow you to control everything in your house. It means that if it is time for your pet to eat, you can just control the feeding equipment so that it pours food on your pets’ plates. You may even speak with your pets in some instances as if you are there.

This means that if you think your pets are messing things around, you can easily reprimand them. The best part about some of these devices is that they allow you to track the health of your pets. There is a device that is the equivalent of Fitbit for humans.

You will know if the pet dog has enough physical activity for the day. It can also automatically be transferred to your phone. With this update, you can decide if it still has to do some more walking with you.

In short, these gadgets are worth investing. If you really love your pets, taking care of them would be a lot easier when you have these devices with you. Check out the complete list below as shown in the infographic. You can decide which of them you need to buy now.

11 Coolest Tech Gadgets For Loving Pet Owners

Now you can’t have a decent pet gadget list without the Smart Bell by Mighty Paw, right?

Forget the scratching, barking, and whining! Easily teach your dog to ring the Mighty Paw Smart Bell to communicate potty time. It’s the premier solution to all of your dog potty training problems. As a bonus all of your friends and family will be AMAZED at your dog!

  • CHOOSE 1 OR 2 ACTIVATOR TOUCH PADS: The innovative Mighty Paw Smart Bell uses a sleek (3.7 inch) touch pad button. The touch pad sensor technology allows for your dog to easily activate the doorbell with a simple touch of a nose or paw. Don’t settle for an over-sized heavy button that looks tacky and is hard for dogs to activate. The Smart Bell looks great and is simple for dogs (large or small) to activate.
  • PLUG AND PLACE: Wireless technology makes installation a breeze. No wires, tools, or screws required. Installation takes only a minute using the included 3M self-adhesive tape. It’s ready to go right out of the box. 36 selectable tunes, wireless range up to 1000 feet, and 3 level volume adjustment.
  • WATER-PROOF: To protect against wet noses and dirty paws the Mighty Paw Smart Bell is water-proof (IP44), dust-proof, and shock-proof.


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