Happy Howl-idays: 10 Christmas Gift Ideas for the Dog Lover
Christmas may be around the corner, but there's still time to shop for the dog lover in the family - or for your own pet. Here's some interesting data about the dog lovers' shopping persona during the holidays:
- According to the Gallup polling organization, 44% of Americans - over 100 million - are dog owners
- 68% of dog owners purchase holiday gifts for their pets
- Pet owners spend more than $60 billion annually on their furry friends, according to Fortune.
Santa Paws Top 10 List
It can be challenging to find the right gift for your - or someone else's furry family member amid the plethora of toys and treats on the market. Here are 10 gift ideas from high-tech to practical to consider:
- A waterproof, washable car seat cover helps prevent muddy paws from staining the car seats when out and about with your pet. Simply remove seat cover when washing is needed.
- Outer wear for harsh winter days provides extra protection from outside elements. You can choose from doggy jackets with a heated lining or cotton-knit sweaters to snowsuits and rain gear.
- Water-resistant, durable dog boots to protect sensitive paws from snow and ice.
- Monthly toy delivery service or a professional dog walking service. Any dog owner knows how tough their furry friends can be on toys. The convenience of a monthly pet toy delivery service like BarkBox can be a blessing. Likewise, for the pet owner with a busy schedule, consider the gift of a dog walking service for a month or two. It's reassuring to know the dog is getting the adequate exercise he or she requires. Find a local pet walker on rover.com.
- Personalized dog bowls may be a bit frivolous - but it's a unique gift for the extra-spoiled pooch who has everything.
- A dog bed that easy to clean and provides generous and resilient cushioning is a great gift for a pooch who needs his own sleeping space. The bed should be large enough to easily accommodate the dog's body size. There are a variety of beds from which to choose - from orthopedic to self-warming.
- A dog monitoring camera provides an easy way for dog owners to check up on their pups while away from home. Some models even have two-way microphones and dispense dog treats.
- Furry friend not micro-chipped? A GPS-enabled dog tracking device - such as a smart dog collar - enables pet owners to quickly find straying pets. Pricing on these tracking devices have dropped steadily, making them more affordable for many pet owners.
- A gift basket filled with doggy products is always welcome. Fill the basket with healthy dog treats, toys, shampoo and other items. You can find a variety of pet products at most pet and discount stores.
- For those who are seeking a truly unique gift, why not consider a hand-painted portrait of your furry family member? Vicki Boatright owner of BZTAT Studios is a talented artist who has rendered hundreds of colorful, breathtaking pet portraits enjoyed by pet parents nationwide. You can view Vicki's amazing work at www.bztat.com.
Let's face it - our pets are an integral part of our families and deserve to be remembered at Christmas.
During the rush of the holiday season, be sure to carve out a little time to spend with your pet. The best gift you can give your dog is your time. Plus, a short walk does wonders to provide needed exercise and promotes healthy bonding. Take along your WoofPack for a more enjoyable dog walking experience.