Do you know of somebody who is about to welcome a new dog into his or her family? Such a joyous occasion calls for a very special “welcome home” gift for everybody’s new four-legged friend. This quick guide will offer some suggestions for gifts that any dog owner would appreciate.
Some of the gift suggestions are fun, others are useful, but all of them are things that your gift recipient can use and enjoy every day! Maybe you’ll even find a few items to add to your own wish list.
Dog Walking Kit
Every new dog owner should look forward to those long walks together, and you can help. Some parts of the walk are not entirely fun – like picking up pet waste – but accessories like a bag dispenser and waste holder can make the experience a little more comfortable. A collapsible bowl for water will help the pup stay hydrated after vigorous exercise. A treat and toy holder can keep the owner’s hands free for petting and play, the best parts of any walk.
Do you want to make the gift extra personal? You could pull up a few online maps of good walking routes around town so you can help your gift recipient find cool new places to explore. For the extra-special dog owner in your life, you could even turn it into a scavenger hunt or treasure map that leads to a neat meet-up spot.
Dogs often burn through toys like there’s no tomorrow! Even the sturdiest toys are no match for the eager jaws of an excited canine. A dog owner can never have too many toys and toy replacements – playful pups are always happy to get something new even if it’s more of the same. Packs of balls for fetch, chew toys, and fabric toys are always the fastest to need replacement.
Are you looking for dog toys that are more unconventional than the traditional staples? You can make any new dog owner smile with unique toys like treat puzzles to stimulate the dog’s brain as well as appetite, or even ball launchers/scoopers to reduce the back and arm strain of vigorous fetch games).
Dog Training Tools
It’s hard to tell how much training a pet will need until it has enough time to settle into a comfortable routine – owners often feel caught entirely off guard when their perfectly behaved pooch starts discovering new naughty habits to try. Training requires a huge investment of time and patience, and can feel frustrating at times. Help a new dog owner out by passing along some of your favorite dog training books or DVDs.
Or you can go the extra mile and purchase a gift certificate for your most reputable local trainer. Most trainers offer short- or long-term training camps intended to work on specific skills, perfect for owners struggling with a persistent problem. If the owner has not yet picked out a dog, make sure the trainer you choose offers professional dog training for all breeds, ages, and skill levels.
Cool Doggie Gadgets
There are some pretty cool gadgets out there for dog owners who love technology. Tech is also a great way to help dog owners bring their pets into their other hobbies: a pedometer, for example, can help fitness buffs track how much exercise they get on those long dog walks. Very motivational! Other gift ideas are more practical: running water fountains, handheld vacuums for shedding season, air purifiers to remove dander from the air, etc. Get creative!
Every Dog Deserves a Happy Owner!
Support is the most useful gift you can give any dog owner. If you have a dog or two of your own, you already know how much hard work goes into raising a healthy and happy pet – all of those long nights dealing with the puppy flu, working through behavior quirks, trying to find somebody to dogsit while the owners are out of town, the list goes on!
Whether you’re preparing to surprise a child with a first-ever pet or helping a good friend welcome a new dog into an already canine-loving home, a little gift basket is sure to be appreciated… but just being around to answer questions and offer a helping hand can make all the difference in the world.
By Lisa W.