But it’s not about how much you spend. Dogs don’t understand price tags and the things that make their tails wag the most are the things that you do day in and day out: feeding, grooming, petting, exercising and just loving them.
To give your pooch a Christmas they’ll truly appreciate, here are a few ideas to add to your shopping list…
1. A tasty Treat or Two
You know your pet better than anyone else, so you should have a pretty good idea of the foods that they go wild for. Whether it’s a slice of turkey, a rawhide chew, or a bit of bread and butter, the trick is to keep it healthy and not to go overboard; after all, an aching stomach on Christmas Day is no-one’s idea of a nice time.
Don’t forget to add a fun toy to their stocking. It’s best to choose something that will be mentally and physically engaging, so everything from balls to frisbees to KONGs could be a good idea – as long as it keeps them moving and keeps them engaged, it’s guaranteed to be a hit.
Getting sent to school might not seem like the best present going, but a well-trained dog is usually a happy dog and most pooches are much more settled if they understand how to please you. A lot of them also benefit from the mental and physical stimulation of learning and get a lot of enjoyment out of the one-on-one time they get to spend with you as a result.
How will you choose to spoil your canine this Christmas?