The best gift a dog can receive is time with its loving family. Schedule a few moments each day just to spend with the dog. You can walk, jog, run, bike, play Frisbee or fetch, or simply play. You can brush the dog and make its coat shine.
It only takes a few moments to come up with dog gift ideas. It is always fun to include pets in the gift-giving process. Appropriate gifts for the celebration can be just about anything that is dog friendly. Gifts do not have to be expensive.
The do-it-yourself person can build a doghouse out of spare lumber with a few nails and some sandpaper. There are many online plans and diagrams for how to do this. A bright coat of paint will protect the wood and make it more cheerful.
Purchase crib side-rail pads and an old blanket or two from a thrift store to make a dog bed. Cut a blanket in half set aside. Fold up the remaining blanket to a size comfortable for the dog. Baste side-rail pads around the sides. Place unused side rail pads in the center with the blanket. Place the 1/2 piece of blanket over the top, tucking in around the side pads, and wrap the excess under the newly created bed. Sew ends to secure.
Take an old sock and stuff if with another old sock. Secure the cuff by tying it in a slip knot. The resulting toy will offer hours of safe, indoor fun.
Tie a slip knot on either end of an old towel. One knot will be for the person to hold, the other for the dog to sink his teeth into for a good game of tug-of-war.
Painted Food and Water Bowls
Purchase plain dog bowls at a dollar store and decorate them using permanent ink markers.
Make the dog a mat for the feeding area. Cut old tee shirts into one-inch strips, and then weave them into a mat. It will absorb the occasional spill and be machine washable.
Homemade Dog Treats
Mix together 1 1/2 cup wheat germ, 1 1/2 cup powdered milk, 1-tablespoon water, 2 eggs, and 2 4-ounce jars of meat baby food. Shape into little dog bones and place on a greased cookie sheet. Bake treats at 350 degrees for 5-10 minutes, or until lightly browned. Dogs love them!
Dog Treat Container
Re-use a clean empty coffee can, oatmeal container, or plastic container with lid. Any kind of container that opens easily but seals tightly can be used. Decorate the outside of it to show it is for dog treats!
Dog Puzzle Treat Container
Thoroughly clean and dry a small plastic coffee container. Carefully cut out a small circle or square from the side. It should be just large enough to fit a dog treat through. Place three or four treats in the can and put the lid on the top. Enjoy watching the dog try to figure out how to get the treats out of the can.
Make any of these suggestions, or think of a few dog gift ideas in such categories as health, care, comfort, and toys. All it takes is a little imagination and a little time.
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