Top Dog Gifts for Your Best Friend
Doggie Gifts Your BFLF (Best Four-Legged Friend) Will Love
Dogs bring so much joy to our lives they deserve a lot from us in return. Obviously the best gift we can give them is our love, and that is given freely.
But there are times when you want to indulge them a little too and this page brings you the best selection of doggie gifts and treats and it is designed to take account of your budget too.
At the top of the page you will find some of the most unique items for a very special occasion, with the bottom half of the page bringing you a great selection of more affordable but still great ideas.
I have tried to find something to suit every budget so I hope you enjoy my suggestions? I'm sure your dog will be thrilled with whatever you choose.
Why Dogs Really Are Our Best Friends
If you own a dog, no matter what size or breed, you are both very privileged and very loved.
People who have never owned a dog, may find it hard to understand the joy they bring into a person's life. For those of us who do have dogs, it's impossible to imagine life without them. Their individual personalities, their endearing little habits and the undying love they hold for us are just a few of the things they offer that make sharing your life with them so fulfilling.
I can't imagine life without my beautiful golden retriever and here are just some of my thoughts on the benefits of having a dog in your life.
Dogs Give Unconditional Love
The love a dog shows for his humans totally unconditional. He loves you regardless of who you are or what you are. Sadly many people don't appreciate this and do not give their dogs the respect and love they deserve.
Dogs Help Keep You Healthy
No matter how bad your day has been, coming home from work and being greeted by an excited, loving dog can help wash away all the stress of the day. Just petting your dog can has a calming affect that has been shown to reduce the risks of diseases like high blood pressure and heart disease.
Dogs Prevent Lonliness
Even if you do not have any other human company, with a dog around you are never, ever alone. They won't let you feel alone and are always willing to sit beside you or at your feet and so enjoy it when you stroke their beautify coat or pat their head.
Dogs Help Keep You Active
The excitement they show when they know they are about to go for walkies means that you cannot disappoint. So rain or shine you must oblige and the exercise is invaluable in keeping you healthy and fit.
Dogs Give You Something to Care For
We all need to care for something or someone and with a dog around you will always have that something.
Having something that needs you helps bring meaning and joy into your life.
Dogs Help You Meet New Friends
People are friendlier when they are walking their dogs and you are likely to meet other pet owners who want to talk to you about your dog. It is a real ice-breaker and many long lasting friendships have been established as a result of canine playmates.
Dogs Keep You Safe
Whether your dog would lick an intruder to death or not, the sound of their bark is a big deterent for any unwelcome visitors. This is one way that my dog earns his keep and I always feel safer when he's around. But his bark is most deinitely worse than his bite - he's a total softie and would never be aggresive.
So for all these reasons, I love my dog and my dog deserves all the care and attention I can give to him and he rewards me in spades.
I love to indulge him and am always looking for little gifts and treats for him.
So I've compiled a list of a few of the presents I have bought recently for Oscar and I think your dog will love them too.
I would love to hear your comments and read your suggestions for other great doggie treats that you have discovered too.
Luxury Gift Idea
For the pooch with everything
For a really active dog, with a less active human, this is at the top of his Santa Claus list.
GoDogGo is the Original Fetch Machine and it is the only Remote Controlled Automatic Ball Launcher designed especially for Dogs.
Here's what fans are saying about it:
"My dogs are obsessed with this toy. It's the best dog toy out there."
"Missi loves it, & so does my right shoulder. Missi is having the time of her life."
"It's a great toy, a great invention...my dog loves it!"
Every Dog Owner NEEDS This
I have just come across a fabulous idea for a problem that every (responsible) dog owner has. What to do with the poop?
Carrying a black plastic bag filled with poop is not pleasant and there is a temptation to leave it down and pick it up on the way back - which in most cases is what happens. But I'm sure you too have seen many "forgotten treasures" on your regular walks.
Well this little device is the answer and it's so simple I am amazed I haven't seen one before.
Photo courtesy of DickyBag.com
This is not an affiliate link - I just think this is brilliant.
Healthy Dog Treats to Make at Home
There's nothing like a home made treat to show your dog you care
Some doggie treats contain some very unpleasant ingredients and for the health of your dog you should avoid or at least keep these to a minimum.
Here are two great recipes to make tasty treats full of really healthy things to make your dog's tail wag even more.
Chicken Jerky Doggie Treat
1 chicken large breast
1. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. Cut the chicken breast into thin slices (1/4 inch), following the direction of the grain of the meat
3. Place slices on a baking sheet lined with greaseproof paper or parchment
4. Bake for 2 hours in a cool oven - 200 Degrees Fahrenheit
5. Make sure the chicken is fully cooked and brittle
6. Turn off the oven. Let the jerky harden in the oven for an hour.
7. Cool before serving
8. Store in an airtight container
Apple Cinnamon Bites
3/4 cup unbleached flour
1/4 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 cup cornmeal
1 Tbs nonfat dry milk
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 cup apple sauce - smooth
1/2 lightly beaten egg
1/4 to 1/2 cup water
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. Mix the dry ingredients in a large bowl.
3. Blend in the apple sauce and egg well.
4. Add the water gradually while stirring, until the dough is very stiff. Add flour as necessary.
5. Knead the dough well by hand until it is smooth.
6. Roll out the dough to Â¼-inch thick.
7. Dust both sides with flour if it gets too sticky.
8. Cut the dough into pieces with a cookie cutter.
9. Place the biscuits Â½ inch apart on a lightly-greased or lined baking sheet.
10. Bake for 35 to 45 minutes, until lightly brown on the outside and dry inside.
11. Turn off the oven and leave the biscuits in oven to harden in the oven for 3 hours.
12. Store in an airtight container
I'd love to know if your dog enjoyed these great treats and please let me know if you have any more suggestions for other delicious home made treats.
Gifts Over $25 - For those really special gift occasions
Here is a great selection of premium gifts that your dog will love for years to come.
This is a fantastic way to get more healthy exercise for both you and your dog.
For the dog that likes all the home comforts.
150 Gourmet Recipes for Dogs - ... that even you can enjoy!
What better way to reward your dog, than to give him a truly delicious, homemade gourmet treat.
This fantastic new book brings you 150 of the best ever recipes for doggie treats and they are so good, you will be tempted too!
You will also discover...
- Surprising foods that are toxic to dogs - and it's much more than just chocolate
- Over twenty delicious ways to start your dog's day with the best canine breakfast recipes
- The treats that can be made with just seven simple ingredients in your cupboard right now (You'll never need to buy another box of treats ever again!)
- Ten natural and healthy alternatives dry kibble
- A delicious meal that can also aid in the prevention of canine cancer
- Six "healing" recipes that will help your dog look and feel his best
- The twelve magical herbs than can help your dog overcome certain illnesses
and so much more...
Just click on the picture to download your copy.
When Does Your Dog Deserve a Gift?
When does your dog deserve a gift?
Gifts Under $25 - Spoil your best friend without spoiling your bank balance
Here are some great budget buys to keep your doggie friend happy all year round.
Hours of pure fun!
The snowball for any time of the year. Great fun and hard wearing.
See how smart your dog really is with this squeaky puzzler.
Best Resource for Dog Health Care
Health is wealth, both for our canine friends and their owners, who can be spared eyebrow-raising veterinary expenses with annual check-ups, proper exercise and diet. Our dog health and care section provides expert advice on everything from dog grooming to parasite prevention, dog dental care, alternative treatments and more.
Top Five Ways to Reward a Dog - Great article to discover ways to reward your dog
Great Videos for More Treat Ideas
These look so good you'll be tempted to eat one!
Great ideas for tasty treats.
Heartwarming Hero Dog Stories - Dogs are special and some get to show just how special they are.
Dogs do the most extraordinarily brave things and they do it without hesitation because they love us unconditionally.
Many acts of bravery go unacknowledged, but it is heartwarming to read stories which do reach the public domain.
The Mirror newspaper in the UK recently showcased the Dogs Trust Honours 2013 and here is one of the touching stories they included.
Hilary Lewis and Gallant
When retired teacher Hilary Lewis fell from her horse, her only hope of rescue was her five-year-old labradoodle Gallant.
The horse had bolted and tried to jump a metal gate. As Hilary lay paralysed, aptly named Gallant went in search of help.
Hilary says: "Gallant circled me crying and pressed his face into mine. When he didn't get a response he disappeared.
"I didn't know where he had gone, but he ran into my Âneighbour's kitchen barking.
"They didn't realise anything was wrong, so he ran to the post van and brought the postman to me."
Hilary, 65, who lives near Bala in Gwynedd, was airlifted to Bangor Hospital, with a broken arm and neck. She spent four months undergoing intense physiotherapy to help her walk again.
Two weeks ago she returned home and was reunited with Gallant. She says: "I still get emotional when I think about what he did. People tell me it reminds them of Lassie."
Click the photograph to read about more heroic doggie deeds in the full feature.
Gift Opening Doggie Style
Scooter shows how to open a gift doggie style.
Henry doesn't like this much.
Charley loves his gift.