Valentines Day is just around the corner and it brings joy to many people. If you are one of them then you probably want to give your beloved pet something special for the occasion. You might have some ideas in mind but they may not be practical or feasible for your situation. So, here comes our list of 10 best valentines day gift ideas for dogs!
1. Dog Toy – A toy for your dog will make him happy and it will also keep him occupied during the long hours spent at work or school.
These days, there are so many different types of toys available nowadays which makes finding a good one difficult. However, if you do manage to find something suitable, then you can ensure that your dog gets plenty of play time with it every day.
2. Cat Toys – Cats love playing with their favorite toys and these days, there are so many different kinds of cat toys available.
Some cats like to chase mice while others enjoy chasing birds. Whatever kind of cat toy you choose, make sure that it is safe for your furry friend too because accidents happen sometimes when cats try to chew on things they shouldn’t.
3. Dog House – If you live in a colder climate, then it is important for your dog to have his own shelter.
A doghouse will not only provide him with warmth but it will also protect him from the elements. It is important that the doghouse is big enough for your dog to comfortably lie down and turn around in.
4. Dog Bed – This is similar to a dog house except that this one is much cozier and softer.
These types of beds are perfect for indoor use and will definitely provide your pet with a comfortable place to sleep at night. Some dog beds even have cooling capabilities which is ideal for pets who tend to get warm really easy.
5. Dog Bowls – If you currently use plastic or ceramic bowls to feed your pet, then we recommend that you switch to a stainless steel bowl instead.
Not only are these types of bowls more durable, but they are also better for your pet since they prevent choking and allow for better water intake.
6. Dog Collar – Just like with dog beds, there are so many different types of dog collars available nowadays.
This includes basic collars, cone collars, invisible fencing collars, and harnesses just to name a few. It really just depends on what you want to use it for and what your dog’s needs are.
7. Dog Carrier – If you want to bring your dog with you on trips or if you have to take him with you whenever you leave the house, then a dog carrier is definitely something that you should invest in.
It is important that the carrier is suitable for your pet’s size and weight so that your pet can be transported safely.
8. Dog Food – Most people will get this for their pet at some point.
There are so many types of dog food available in the store that it can be overwhelming at first. It really just depends on your animal’s size, age, and health conditions.
9. Treats – If you want to reward your dog for doing something good or if you just want to give him a little something before bedtime, then treats are a great idea.
Just be sure to give him a limited amount since giving him too many can lead to weight gain.
10. Leash – One of the most essential dog supplies you can get is a leash. Even if you have your dog fully trained, it is always best to have one on you since you never know when you are going to need it.
11. Bowl Cleaner – Cleaning your pet’s bowls every day can be a hassle, but luckily there are bowl cleaners available that automatically dissolve stains and dirt that are trapped in the bowl.
12. Toothbrush & Toothpaste – Just like with humans, dogs can develop plaque and cavities which can lead to a whole host of health problems if not treated. You should take care of your pet’s teeth just like you do with your own.
13. Shampoo – Just like people, dogs get dirty and like to roll around in the mud sometimes. You’ll need a good shampoo that is designed for pets to wash away all of that grime.
14. Nail Clippers – Just like people, dogs have to get their nails trimmed every once in awhile. This can be a very painful process for dogs if you don’t know what you’re doing so it’s always best to have a professional do it, but in a pinch you can give yourself a try or take them to a pet groomer.
15. Harness – Certain types of harnesses can help control your pet better than a regular leash can. This is especially helpful for bigger stronger breeds that always pull when they are on a regular leash. These types of harnesses can help distribute the force over their body instead of just on their throat.
16. ID Tag – If your dog happens to wander off from home or gets lost, then you’ll be glad you had your information engraved on an ID tag. It’s important to have this information including your name, phone number, and address.
There are a lot of other things that can be added to this list and everyone will have their own preferences, but as you can see from the list above these are the most essential ones in most people’s eyes.
You can get many of these at your local pet store or online.
The Importance of Containment
One of the most important things you have to think about when you have a dog is the ability to contain them in your yard or home. Some breeds are known for being escape artists and will find a way to get out no matter what if they want to!
There are several ways you can go about this, some easier than others. The first one, and probably most obvious is a simple yard fence. This can be completed covered in vines and lattice work so your pet can’t see through to the other side or it can be a solid structure that doesn’t let anything in or out. The type you choose is completely up to you and the amount of work you want to put into it.
If a fence isn’t really your thing but you still want to put up some type of boundary then there are several types of containment systems you can get. One of these is an invisible electronic field. All you have to do is plug it in and set up the boundaries, and if your pet tries to cross it they’ll receive a small shock which will teach them not to do it again.
An alternative to that is a spinning disk that attaches to your pet’s collar. As soon as they reach the boundary of where you want them to be they’ll get stuck on the disk and until they calm down they won’t be able to move, which will encourage them to not try to leave that area again.
Lastly there is the old-fashioned rope system where you tie their leash to a stake in the ground. While this is one of the cheaper options, it’s not very reliable and you have no control over your pet if they pull too hard.
One good thing about all of these types of containment systems is that they’re all easy to set up. The hardest part is making sure you put them in an area that you have permission to do so. If you put it somewhere that you don’t have permission then you run the risk of your pet escaping, which defeats the whole purpose.
Exercise is also very important and something a lot of people tend to forget. While you might have the best containment system in the world, if you forget to let your pet out they’re going to become frustrated and it’s possible for them to become destructive.
Just like with any pet, you’re going to have some that are more work than others. This is especially the case with dog breeds since you have to think about things like grooming requirements and exercise needs. While some people might like the fact that they never have to brush their dog’s hair, someone else might find the constant fur all over their house to be a pain.
Here is a list of some breeds that will require little maintenance:
Taking care of your dog doesn’t have to be too difficult. They’re pack animals by nature and they want nothing more than the approval from their owner. If you train them and show them that you’re in charge then things will run a lot smoother. If you do it right, then they’ll happily follow your commands and you’ll never have any problems.
Just remember that no two dogs are alike, as such you’ll have to treat them as such. Don’t try to mold your pet into what you want, instead try to see what it is that they like and build from there. Dogs are odd creatures but if you show them enough affection then they should warm up to you in due time. Good luck!
Sources & references used in this article:
- The cute and the cool: Wondrous innocence and modern American children’s culture (S Kelly, A Kelly – 2008 – Scholastic Paperbacks)
- 9 Grief in human and companion-animal loss, bonding, and dividual pet-personhood (W anticipate that Steve’s, H will be February – Policy, 2008)
- Three Dog Bakery Cookbook: Over 5 Recipes for All-Natural Treats for Your Dog (G Cross – 2004 – books.google.com)
- Pet Photography 101: Tips for taking better photos of your dog or cat (DJ Davies – Exploring Grief: Towards a Sociology of Sorrow, 2019 – books.google.com)
- To Love Big Dog (D Dye, M Beckloff – 1998 – books.google.com)
- Content analysis: Using pet cemetery memorial plaques to examine possible changes in conceptions of family (A Darlow – 2012 – books.google.com)