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For Dogs: A Gift Because Dogs are Family
Do You Give Your Dog a Christmas Gift? Dogs ARE Family and Man's Best Friend!
I don't know about you but my dog is part of our family and he gets a gift at Christmas, and his birthday...mind you he gets things throughout the year too!
Just as it's magic to see young children opening their gifts -- the excitement and anticipation -- dogs get excited too! It's such fun watching them trying to get into their gift. And, well, dogs ARE family...and man's best friend!
While you will find a selection of gift ideas that are loved by my dog, Jamie, I'm going to tell you about a particular toy that we both love! It's called a Kong. When you're finished reading I'm sure you'll love the idea of a Kong too!
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Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.
- Roger Caras
Do you give your pet a gift at Christmas?
It has been a great way to train Jamie and when I'm going anywhere that Jamie can't come I get his Kong out. As soon as he sees me packing the Kong (it has a hole in the bottom) he starts getting excited and jumping around. If I seem to be taking a bit long he lets me know he's waiting!
Jamie rushes to the garage where he has a kennel and other comforts for when he's left on his own. He really doesn't mind me going out as he gets his Kong with a few treats in it.
It's been a great way to get him to accept being on his own! And, I don't feel in the least bit guilty at leaving him.
This is the Kong for the extreme chewer and are used by armed enforcement for their dogs. There are standard models in different colors too. They come in three sizes, small, medium and large.
In fact dogs throw the ball themselves to get the content out...at least that's what Jamie does. As soon as he has it in his possession you can see and hear the Kong being bounced around the garage.
I have got home on occasion and had an anxious dog leading me to the garage as he's bounced the Kong under his kennel. There's much excitement as I lift the kennel and he can once again resume his endeavour to gain the contents!
This Kong is red (looks pink in the picture but is red). It has over 200 5 star ratings and has been given to all sorts of dogs from German Shepherd, Bichon to Terrier.
Unlike the standard Kong which has a hole in the bottom, the Wobbler has a hole at the side. The Wobbler stands upright until the dog wants food and tips it. Because of the shape it is a challenge for the dog to get the hole positioned just right for the content to spill out.
The Wobbler unscrews for filling and is easy to clean. The hole is close to the base so some people have found that the food pops out too quickly for some dogs...the fast learners!
Comes in small and large sizes
Happiness is a warm puppy.
- Charles Schulz
It helps to reduce sore gums from teething and reduces anxiety stress when the puppy is left alone. It's also a great fun toy for your puppy.
I highly recommend starting puppies off with the Kong toy. It's made leaving Jamie on his own a fun experience for him and easy for me. I love to see his excitement of the treat that is in store for him.
It also aids crate training.
Comes in pink and blue
There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.
- Ben Williams
Fillings for the Kong
I always put a jerky strip in the Kong. I break it in two and fill with other goodies. Jerky strips come in various flavors: Chicken, venison, beef and lamb...also in turkey and duck!Not made in China!
One of the suggested fillings for the Kong is peanut butter. I've never used peanut butter as I think it would be far too messy, but that's up to you. And you can used the small flavored biscuits.
These are a selection of goodies that I might put with the jerky strip. I break them into several pieces if they are whole such as the Beggin' strip which Jamie loves. The Zukes comes in chicken, peanut butter and salmon flavors.
Liver treats are especially good for training.
To Stuff In Your Pet's Kong!
Chocolate Drops for Your Kong
No it's not real chocolate!
Please note that chocolate is poisonous to dogs but just like many of us they love the flavor. Dog chocolate drops are specially made of carob and are a special favorite with Jamie. Just the mention of c-h-o-c-o-l-a-t-e...yes we have to spell the word...has him licking his lips. Tongue comes out and eyes light up. I've not given Jamie the peanut butter variety but I can imagine his reaction.
Photo of Jamie
Have you used a Kong before?
This is Jamie, exhausted after a full Christmas day. Taken about three years ago.
A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than you love yourself.
- Josh Billings