bulldogs sleeping next to a christmas tree

Doggy Christmas Gift Guide

Christmas is a time of giving. Everyone in the family deserves a little something in the festive season to let them know that they are loved. This love should extend to your family pet, because they are as much a part of the family as you are. Here are 7 doggy Christmas ideas that your furry friend will love.

Personalised Dog Tag – Etsy

personalised dog tag

Your dog loves everything that you give them, this includes their name! Why not make it extra special with a personalised dog tag? This fantastic little gift comes in a range of colours and can fit your dog’s name and an owner’s phone number. Everyone deserves some accessories this Christmas!

Sidewalker – DogFence

dog walking with a Sidewalker

Walking should be a fun and stress-free time for both you and your companion! with the DogFence Sidewalker you can ensure that a simple walk, doesn’t become a drag. This gentle training method teaches your dog not to pull excessively on the lead, so that every walk can be considered a gift! The DogFence Sidewalker is currently on sale, so give us a ring on 01628 476475 to snap up this fantastic product this Christmas!

Turkey and Cranberry Dog Treats – Lily’s Kitchen

turkey and cranberry dog treats

There is one thing that everyone can agree is a fundamental part of Christmas, and that is the food. The succulent turkey, served with perfectly roasted spuds and slathered in cranberry sauce. It could be considered some peoples view of culinary perfection! Why not share the joy with your dog this year and give them a turkey treat! This scrumptious little gift will share the joys of the Christmas feast without the danger of turkey bones. To see some other doggy food dangers this Christmas, read our DogFence Christmas Danger Guide.

Dog Mattress – Pets at Home

dog mattress

There is nothing more satisfying then a long snooze after a hefty Christmas dinner. Letting your food go down is one of the most important things so you can make room for seconds! Your dog feels the same way and will love being able to nap on a brand new bed. Don’t sleep on this fantastic doggy gift!

Doggy Santa Claus Outfit – Amazon

dog santa outfit

There is nothing cuter than when a dog joins in the celebrations and dresses up. The festive season is perfect for letting your pampered pooch play a part in the good tidings! This small dog santa outfit is fantastic way for your dog to unleash their inner Father Christmas. Hopefully they don’t leave any Christmas presents on the carpet though!

Durable Chew Toy – KONG

kong chew toy

Your dog deserves a gift that the can really sink their teeth into. The KONG classic natural rubber chew toy is perfect for your canine pal. This durable toy is shaped so that it has an unpredictable bounce when thrown. Making your Christmas Day playtime much more fun. KONG toys are also perfect for stuffing with treats to give your dog extra incentive to join at playtime.

Dog Food and Water Bowl – NotOnTheHighStreet

dog water and food bowl

Dogs probably don’t understand what Christmas is, but they do understand food.  So why not give them even more reason to be excited at dinner time by sprucing up their dinnerware with a new bowl set? This beautifully crafted ceramic bowl set is perfect for a pet. They might not be able to say thank you, but they’ll love you just the same!

Dogs are the most loving creatures in the world, and deserve a gift every now and then as much as anyone else in the family. These have been some ideas that every precious pooch will love this Christmas!

dog winter clothes

Doggy Winter Survival Guide

Dogs love the winter time, for many it means extra cuddles in front of a warm fire with their owner!  However, the colder weather presents a few problems for keeping our furry friends safe and entertained during the colder months.  Here are a few tips for ensuring your family pet stays happy this winter.

Keep Your Dogs Safe

  • Winter walks are fun but the hair around your dogs feet can become clumped with snow.  This is very painful for dogs as the snow forms ice balls which digs into the pads of their feet when they walk.  Trimming hair around your doggy’s toes helps prevent these ice balls from forming.
  • Reflective clothing can be very helpful when heavy snow starts to fall, especially for smaller dogs. The jacket ensures that you can see your canine, especially when they are playing in deep snow.
  • Stay away from lakes or ponds, especially when they freeze over. You can never tell how thick the ice is and curious dogs may fall through. On top of the danger of your dog taking a dip, there is also the danger of you falling in when you go to try and help them.
  • Winter time means Christmas time, which means lots of opportunity for over indulgence on food. Dogs also love a tasty treat, even if they don’t know the occasion. Try to avoid feeding your dog human food, as this can give them an upset stomach. Be especially careful that your dog doesn’t try to sneak a turkey bone as they can splinter and cause your dog to choke. For more foods to stay away from, see our Canine Christmas Dangers.
  • Anti-freeze is very very poisonous to dogs (and cats) as it contains ethylene glycol, which tastes very sweet and causes acute kidney failure when ingested by canines. Make sure that you wipe your dogs paws if they are near an area where it was just used. Try to use anti-freeze that contains propylene glycol, as it is safer if accidentally ingested than ethylene glycol.  If you suspect your dog has ingested anti-freeze and is displaying signs of vomiting, sleepy/depressed behaviour, appearing drunk, seizures and fits or difficulty breathing, you should immediately seek the help of a vet.
  • Rock salt is abundantly used in winter to de-ice roads for motorists. Unfortunately your pets are likely to accidentally pick it up on their paws when they go outside after it has been used. Rock salt it actually poisonous to cats and dogs when ingested (usually by them licking the rock salt off their paws) as it causes high blood sodium levels in pets.  This can lead to increased thirst, vomiting and lethargy (sleepiness) and in extreme cases convulsions and kidney damage. For more information, have a look at the RSPCA’s rock salt information brochure.

Keep Your Pets Warm

  • Dogs obviously have a natural protection against the elements, but that doesn’t mean they don’t get cold. Make sure to not leave your dog outside unattended as they can develop frostbite or hypothermia. This is especially important if your dog spends most of its time indoors. If you believe your dog is showing symptoms of hypothermia (muscle stiffness, lack of mental alertness, shivering, weakness, and shallow breathing) you must contact your vet as soon as possible, as left untreated it can cause a coma, or even be fatal.
  • Maybe think about opting for some doggy fashion this winter to keep your dog warm. A doggy coat is great for short hair dogs whose natural defenses against the cold are not as strong as long haired dogs. You can also buy doggy boots which help keep irritable ice, salt, and grit off your canine’s delicate paws.

Keep Your Pets Entertained

  • Whilst it’s tempting to snuggle up with your furry friend when it gets cold outside, they still need exercise! Don’t forget to stick to your walking schedule, even when the temperature is low.
  • If you really don’t like the idea of battling Jack Frost with your canine companion, it’s important to keep them entertained so they don’t go stir crazy inside and start chewing up your furniture. Have some alternatives to outdoor exercise ready.  Play hide and seek with favourite toys (or members of the family).  Stimulate their nose by getting them to seek scents by hiding treats around the house or a specially made indoor obstacle courses.  Or sign them up for a local indoor class where they can socialise with other dogs, top up their training or learn a new skill.

We here at DogFence know that your pet is part of the family and deserves the same amount of safety and comfort as you. These have been some tips to make sure that your pet has as much fun as possible this winter!